An All-African Affair in the EPL Golden Boot Award
The Golden Boot is an award given to the leading goal scorer in a Premier League season. It was first awarded in 1993 in the current Premier League era. The prize has previously been won by players of different nationalities.
This year’s award has been dominated by an African trio who have all tied at 22 goals in a 38 match season. The 2018-19 accolade has been given to Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah who have shared the spoils.
These players are of African nationality from Gabon, Senegal, and Egypt respectively. This will be a boost for the Liverpool duo as they head to their respective countries for the Africa Cup of Nations which will be hosted by Egypt.
Second Year Running
Liverpool talisman Mo Salah has retained the award for the second year in a row, becoming only the sixth player to win in consecutive seasons. The Egyptian also holds the record for scoring the most goals in a 38 match season having scored thirty-two goals in the 2017-18 season. This season’s goal tally for top scorers has been the least since 2010/11, which was 20 goals shared by Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov. It has undoubtedly been a good season for the Egyptian, although his goals weren’t enough to help the Merseyside powerhouse team clinch the English title.
Fourth Time in History
This season’s occurrence is only the fourth time when players have shared the spoils for having equal goals. It happened previously in 1997/98 with Chris Sutton, Michael Owen, and Dion Dublin, 1998/99 was won by Michael Owen, Dwight Yorke, and Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink and also in 2010/11, when Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez shared 20 goals each.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has something to brag about, saying that he has had a chance to coach all three players who have won the Golden Boot this season. Sergio Aguero was only one goal behind the winners.