Two-time African Player of the Year and Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has joined a star-studded list of players, including legends Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, who have won back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot awards.
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History was made on the final day of the 2018/19 EPL campaign as three Africans, namely Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reds duo Sadio Mane and Salah, shared the league’s top scorer gong after the trio all scored 22 goals this season.
In addition to it being the first time ever in the history of the EPL that three Africans have shared the accolade, it is only the third time in the league’s history that three players jointly received the award – Chris Sutton, Dion Dublin and Michael Owen achieved the feat in the 1997/98 campaign, while Owen, Dwight Yorke and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink repeated the feat a season later after they all finished on 18 goals.
According to Squawkwa Football, Salah is only the third African to secure consecutive Golden Boot gongs in Europe’s top five leagues, alongside Tony Yeboah and Samuel Eto’o, who finished as top scorers in consecutive seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt (1993 and 1994) and FC Barcelona (2005 and 2006), respectively.
Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer with 260 goals in 441 games, is not only the first player ever to have won consecutive top scorer awards in the EPL, but, alongside Gunners legend Henry, he is one of only two players who have secured three successive Golden Boots.
Former Real Madrid striker Owen is another player who forms part of the star-studded list of footballers, and he is the only player on the list to finish as a joint-Golden Boot winner on two different occasions – click through the mini-gallery above to see them all!
In his debut season at Anfield, Salah scooped up the Golden Boot accolade for his 32 strikes, which still ranks as the highest amount of goals scored in the 38-game format of the league.
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