Which Players Have Won The Premier League Golden Boot?
Having broken Sergio Aguero’s record for the most Premier League goals with one team, Harry Kane now has his sights set on Alan Shearer’s all-time record.
Premier League scoring records are set to be shattered in 2022-23 with Erling Haaland having all but guaranteed the award before November.
Haaland is set to become the first Scandinavian to win the Premier League Golden Boot, and he’s on course to obliterate the highest tally of 34 goals in a campaign.
Of Golden Boot winners, the best goals per game rate is 0.97. Haaland, as of October 27th, is at 1.55.
Here are all of the players to win the Golden Boot in Premier League history.
Teddy Sheringham (1992-93)
Winner of the first Premier League Golden Boot in 1992-93, Teddy Sheringham scored 22 goals in 41 league appearances for Tottenham.
Pipping Les Ferdinand to top scorer, Sheringham also provided nine assists as Spurs finished eighth.
Andy Cole (1993-94)
Andy Cole set the Premier League single-season record in 1993-94 with 34 goals, which stands to this day.
Cole beat Alan Shearer to the Golden Boot as Newcastle finished third behind Shearer’s Blackburn and Manchester United.
The Nottingham-born striker also topped the assist charts that season, and joined Manchester United halfway through the following campaign.
Alan Shearer (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97)
The Premier League’s all-time leading scorer and winner of three Golden Boots, Alan Shearer top scored for a first time in 1994-95, spearheading Blackburn’s run to the title.
Shearer tied Cole’s record of 34 goals in that season, which was the last one with 22 teams.
The legendary striker won his next two Golden Boots in the following two seasons, the first of which was with Blackburn. The second came with his hometown club Newcastle United after he sealed a then-world-record move after Euro 96.
Chris Sutton (1997-98)
The first of three times when three players shared the award came in 1997-98, this was Chris Sutton’s lone Golden Boot.
Sutton was leading the line for Blackburn after Shearer had departed, and finished with 18 goals in 35 outings.
Dion Dublin (1997-98)
Tied with Sutton on 18 goals in 1997-98 but playing one additional match, Dion Dublin began his campaign with a hat-trick against Chelsea and powered Coventry to a mid-table finish.
Michael Owen (1997-98, 1998-99)
Michael Owen shared the Golden Boot with Chris Sutton and Dion Dublin in 1997-98, aged just 18, and was part of a three-way tie (again with 18 goals) in 1998-99.
Owen’s two Premier League Golden Boot wins came either side of his spectacular World Cup goal against Argentina. Of course, injuries derailed his career, and while he was the face of Liverpool’s treble in 2000-01, he scored just 16 league goals.
Dwight Yorke (1998-99)
Dwight Yorke joined Manchester United from Aston Villa in the summer of 1998. His first season was a dream, finishing with a share of the Golden Boot and an unprecedented treble.
Yorke’s 18 goals were complemented by 11 assists. He actually bettered his tally in 1999-2000, but missed out on the Golden Boot.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (1998-99, 2000-01)
Scoring 18 for Leeds in 1998-99 earned Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink a tie for the Golden Boot with Yorke and Owen. It was the first of two Golden Boots, making the Dutchman one of just eight players to be named Premier League top scorer on multiple occasions.
The second of Hasselbaink’s Golden Boot campaigns was 2000-01, when he found the net 23 times.
Kevin Phillips (1999-00)
In 1999-2000, Kevin Phillips became the first player to score 30 goals in a 38-match Premier League season.
The campaign proved to be anomalous for Phillips, who never scored more than 14 in any other top-flight season.
Thierry Henry (2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06)
The only player with four Golden Boots, Thierry Henry scored 24 in 2001-02 to claim his first, followed by 30 in 2003-04, 25 in 2004-05 and 27 in 2005-06.
Henry was arguably the best forward in the world through that period, and lifted the Premier League trophy in each of his first two Golden Boot campaigns.
Ballon d’Or runner-up in 2003, the Frenchman won the European Golden Shoe in 2003-04 and 2004-05, and was a lone goal behind Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002-03.
Ruud van Nistelrooy (2002-03)
Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 20 or more in four of his five Premier League seasons, striking a fierce Golden Boot rivalry with Thierry Henry. The 2002-03 season was the only time the Dutchman pipped Henry to the award, however.
Manchester United finished the season as champions, with van Nistelrooy scoring three hat-tricks.
Didier Drogba (2006-07, 2009-10)
Deserving of his legacy as a big-game player, Didier Drogba’s impact at Chelsea was for the significance of his goals rather than the quantity. There were a couple of exceptions to that in 2006-07 and 2009-10, when the Ivorian claimed the Golden Boot.
Chelsea were second in 2006-07, but Drogba was the focal point as the Blues claimed an historic double three years later.
Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08)
Amid all of Cristiano Ronaldo’s records, a single Premier League Golden Boot doesn’t exactly standout. The 2007-08 season was spectacular, though, as he scored 31 goals in 34 appearances with Manchester United winning the title.
This marked a breakout for the Portuguese star, which led to his first European Golden Shoe and Ballon d’Or awards.
Nicolas Anelka (2008-09)
Nicolas Anelka’s 19 goals in 2008-09 is the only time the Golden Boot winner has scored fewer than 20 goals since 1998-99.
Part of the 100 Club, this was Anelka’s most prolific season in English football, but Chelsea finished seven points off the summit.
Carlos Tevez (2010-11)
Carlos Tevez shared the Golden Boot with Dimitar Berbatov in 2010-11 despite scoring fewer goals than he managed in the previous campaign when Didier Drogba claimed the honour.
Manchester City finished third in 2010-11, with Tevez’s best performance being a hat-trick against West Brom.
Dimitar Berbatov (2010-11)
Dimitar Berbatov had scored just 12 league goals in 2009-10, but followed up with 20 in 2010-11, including three hat tricks.
The Bulgarian was named Player of the Month in January and shared the frontline with fellow Golden Boot winner Carlos Tevez in the Team of the Year.
Robin van Persie (2011-12, 2012-13)
Robin van Persie won his two Golden Boots in 2011-12 and 2012-13. The first with Arsenal, the second with Manchester United, van Persie was a Premier League champion in 2012-13 and scored numerous match-winning goals for the Red Devils.
His career had been hampered by injuries until the early 2010s, making it an impressive feat for the Dutchman to play in all 76 league matches across those two seasons.
Luis Suarez (2013-14)
Liverpool pushed Manchester City all the way in 2013-14, powered on by Luis Suarez’s 31 goals.
The Uruguayan won the European Golden Shoe, but after trying to force a transfer in the summer of 2013, he agreed to join Barcelona after 2013-14.
Suarez was also runner-up to Robin van Persie in 2012-13.
Sergio Aguero (2013-14)
Despite scoring 184 Premier League goals in just 275 matches, Sergio Aguero only won the Golden Boot on one occasion. That season was curiously 2014-15, when Manchester City finished eight points behind league-winning Chelsea.
The Argentine finished third and joint-fourth in the Golden Boot race in City’s first two title-winning seasons. He had four further seasons with 20 or more goals.
Harry Kane (2015-16, 2016-17, 2020-21)
Going back-to-back in 2015-16 and 2016-17, Harry Kane added his third Golden Boot in 2020-21. The most impressive of the three was 2016-17, when the England international scored 29 times in just 30 matches.
Kane has five Premier League seasons with 20 or more goals, and he’s well on his way to another. With 193 goals to his name just months after his 29th birthday, he has a very real chance of passing Alan Shearer’s record of 260.
Mohamed Salah (2017-18, 2018-19, 2021-22)
Level with Kane and Shearer on three Golden Boot wins, Mohamed Salah won outright in 2017-18 with 32 goals (the most in a 38-match season) and shared the award in 2018-19 and 2021-22.
Of players to score 100 Premier League goals, only three have a better goals-per-game rate than the Egyptian’s 0.6, which includes his two in 13 for Chelsea.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2018-19)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 22 goals in each of his first two full Premier League seasons. In 2018-19, it was enough to tie for top scorer, while in 2019-20, he finished a single goal behind Jamie Vardy.
The Gabonese striker was named Player of the Month in October 2018, but with Arsenal finishing outside the top four, he missed out on Team of the Year.
Sadio Mane (2018-19)
Sadio Mane enjoyed his highest-scoring Liverpool season in 2018-19, earning a share of the Golden Boot. It is the Senegalese forward’s only league campaign with more than 18 goals.
Liverpool won the Champions League that season, and Mane earned the second of four selections to the Premier League Team of the Year.
Jamie Vardy (2019-20)
Harry Kane beat Jamie Vardy to the Golden Boot during Leicester’s historic title run in 2015-16. The former Stockbridge Park Steels striker finally got his hands on the hardware in 2019-20, finishing one goal ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings.
Vardy was Player of the Month in October and was included in the Team of the Year alongside Foxes teammate Çağlar Söyüncü.
Heung-min Son (2021-22)
Heung-min Son played a key role in Harry Kane’s Golden Boot wins, and Tottenham’s fearsome striking duo were again relentless in 2021-22. This time it was the South Korean dominating the scoring with 23 goals (none of which were penalties).
Son was controversially left out of the Team of the Year after Spurs went on a late run to claim fourth ahead of Arsenal.