The Barclays Golden Boot winners is awarded to the player with the most amount of goals in a Premier League season. The Barclays Premier League was formed on 20 February 1992 and consisted of 22 clubs, each played one home and away game. Each club played a total of 42 matches in a Premier League season. However at the end of the 1994-1995 season, the FA Premier League decided to have only 20 clubs in the following season. That lead to four clubs getting relegated at once; Crystal Palace (19th), Norwich City (20th), Leicester City (21st) and Ipswich Town (22nd).
During the span of 1992 and 1995, clubs had four extra games to be played and hence the number of goals per player is more than the current format. Here is the list of Top 10 Premier League Golden Boot Winners As Per Average.
10. Robin van Persie – Arsenal(2011–12)
During the 2011–12 season, Robin van Persie scored 30 goals in 38 games for Arsenal. In that season Robin van Persie, played in every single game in the Premier League. In that season, the Dutchman scored two hat-tricks; the first one was against Blackburn Rovers, where Arsenal thrashed the Riversiders 7-1.
Robin van Persie’s second hat-trick of the season came against rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He won the Player of the month for October,the PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year. Robin van Persie averaged 0.79 goals per game that season.
9. Thierry Henry – Arsenal (2003–04)
During the 2003–04 season, Thierry Henry scored 30 goals in 37 games for Arsenal. Henry averaged 0.81 goals per game that season, receiving the PFA Players’ Player of the Year with Newcastle coming runners-up to champions Manchester United.
8. Alan Shearer – Newcastle United (1996–97)
During the 1996–97 season, Alan Shearer scored 25 goals in 31 appearances for Newcastle United (0.81 goals per game) and won his third Golden Boot of the Premier League. Shearer scored two more goals than Ian Wright of Arsenal, who scored a total of 23 goals for the Gunners. That season Manchester United won the Premier League, with Newcastle United coming runner-up.
7. Alan Shearer – Blackburn Rovers (1994–95)
Alan Shearer won his first ever Premier League golden boot during the 1994–95 for Blackburn Rovers (34 goals in 42 appearances). That season, he edged Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler (25) by nine goals. It was in the 1994–95 season, where Blackburn Rovers won their first ever Barclays Premier League under Kenny Dalglish.
6. Kevin Phillips – Sunderland (1999–2000)
Sunderland was promoted to the Premier League, when they were crowned 1998–99 Football League champions, in which Kevin Phillips scored 25 goals in 32 appearances. He continued his goal scoring performance in the Premier League by winning the 1998–99 Golden boot, while Sunderland finished 7th that season.
During the 1999–2000, Kevin Phillips scored a total of 30 goals in 36 appearances, with an average of 0.83 goals per game. That fantastic performance dint go unnoticed as, Phillips won the European Golden Shoe. Kevin Phillips remains the only England player to win the European Golden Shoe.
5. Thierry Henry – Arsenal(2005–06)
French International Thierry Henry won his fourth Golden Boot during the 2005–06 season, with an average of 0.84 goals per game (27 goals in 32 appearances). Even though Henry won the Golden boot, Arsenal managed to finish fourth in the Premier League that season.
4. Andrew Cole – Newcastle United(1993–94)
Andrew Cole scored a total of 34 goals in 40 appearances for Newcastle United, at a 0.85 Average Goals per game. Newcastle finished 3rd that season, which qualified them for the UEFA Cup first round. Andrew Cole’s 34 goals still remains the highest goals scored by a player in the Premier League.
3. Alan Shearer – Blackburn Rovers(1995–96)
In-spite winning the golden boot in the 1995–96, Alan Shearer’s Blackburn Rovers managed to finish 7th in the Premier League that season. Shearer scored 31 goals in 35 appearances at a 0.89 Average Goals per game.
2. Didier Drogba- Chelsea(2009–10)
In July 2004, when Chelsea signed Didier Drogba for £24 million from Marseille, fans weren’t sure what would they expect from the Ivory Coast striker. Drogba came at a time when Thierry Henry was dominating the Premier League with his god-like goal scoring abilities.
In the 2005–06 season, Thierry Henry won his fourth golden boot and was striving for his fifth, but Ivory Coast striker had other ideas. Didier Drogba scored a total of 29 goals on 32 appearances to help Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy for the second time under José Mourinho.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United(2007–08)
Surprisingly Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Golden Boot only on one occasion. During the 2007–08 season, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a total of 31 goals in 34 appearances (0.91 Average Goals per game) in the Premier League to win his first and only Golden Boot. That blistering performance helped Manchester United clinch its 10th Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
What is the highest number of goals scored by a Golden Boot winner?
Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer scored 34 goals each during the 1993–94 and 1994–95 respectively. Andrew Cole scored 34 goals in 40 matches averaging at 0.85, where as Alan Shearer scored 34 goals in 42 games averaging at 0.81.
What is the record goal scored to win Premier League Golden Boot in a 38 League format?
From the 1995 Premier League season, the clubs were reduced from 22 clubs to 20. Each club had to play a total of 38 matches, one home and one away. During the 1995–96, Alan Shearer scored 31 goals in 35 appearances to set the record of number of goals scored in a season for Blackburn Rovers. In the 2007–08, Cristiano Ronaldo equaled that goal scoring record per season by scoring 31 goals in 34 appearances for Manchester United and still holds the record for scoring most amount of goals in a season with lesser games played.
What if more than one player scores the same amount of goal. Who will the “Premier League Golden Boot” be awarded to?
If more than one player is ties with the number of goals, then all of those players have to share the “Premier League Golden Boot”award.
Has any player shared the “Premier League Golden Boot”?
During the 1997–98 season, three players; Dion Dublin of Coventry City, Michael Owen of Liverpool and Chris Sutton of Blackburn Rovers shared the Premier League Golden Boot, each scored 18 goals that season. The following season, three players; Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Leeds United, Michael Owen of Liverpool and Dwight Yorke of Manchester United all scored 18 goals and had to share the Premier League Golden Boot.
Who has won the first ever “Premier League Golden Boot”?
Teddy Sheringham won the first ever “Premier League Golden Boot” in 1992–93 when he played for Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur scoring a total of 22 goals.
Top 10 goal Scorers by Goals
1. Andy Cole for Newcastle United – 34 goals
2. Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers – 34 goals
3. Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers – 31 goals
4. Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers – 31 goals
5. Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United – 31 goals
6. Kevin Phillips for Sunderland – 30 goals
7. Thierry Henry for Arsenal – 30 goals
8. Robin Van Persie for Arsenal – 30 goals
9. Didier Drogba for Chelsea – 29 goals
10.Robbie Fowler for Liverpool – 28 goals
Luis Suárez of Liverpool has now equaled Robbie Fowler’s 28 goals in the current 2013-14 Premier League Season.