Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the title on Sunday with a win at Brighton but there was some solace for the Reds’ fans as Mo Salah joined Sadio Mane in winning the Golden Boot award. There was another addition to the list along with this deadly duo – Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It is perhaps first time in the twenty years that we have three winners for the coveted prize. All the three leading marksmen finished with a tally of 22 goals to share the prize in what has been a memorable campaign for them. Manchester City Lift the 2018–19 English Premier League Title: Pep Guardiola’s Men Pip Liverpool to Win a Second Successive League Trophy (View Pics).
The rules of the Premier League are different in comparison to international events like a World Cup where if players are tied on goals scored, the assists count come into the picture to separate. In 1997-98 we had Chris Sutton, Michael Owen and Dion Dublin winning the Golden Boot and the following year Michael Owen had to share the prize again but this time with Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink and Dwight Yorke. While Mo Salah had won the award last year with 32 goals, the emergence of Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been refreshing.
For the first time in 20 years, the Premier League Golden Boot is shared by three players: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah (22 goals).
In 1998-99, it was shared by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Michael Owen and Dwight Yorke.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) May 12, 2019
Africa emphatically winning the Premier League golden boot pic.twitter.com/t6U6t4zAxN
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) May 12, 2019
For someone being labelled as one season wonder, Egyptian marksman Mo Salah has gone a long way in keeping the critics quiet. He would have loved an EPL winners medal along with club mate Sadio Mane but still has a chance to lift the Champions League. For Aubameyang, the sailing has not been smooth as far as his club is concerned. Arsenal finished fifth behind Chelsea but if you take away the Gabon international’s goal and the Gunners would struggle to be in the top half. Such has been the impact of his goals on Unai Emery’s team.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting his Golden Boot trophy at Turf Moor
Here it is! 🤩
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 12, 2019
Mo Salah Holding His Golden Boot
One season wonder, Mo Salah. pic.twitter.com/2Ergj9Q8K0
— Ricardo Tovar (@r_tovar) May 12, 2019
Sadio Mane and His Golden Boot
L'Afrique sur le toit de la #Premier_League🇬🇧
Trois africains finissent meilleurs buteurs, avec 22 buts chacun. une première dans l'histoire du championnat anglais.
P. Aubameyang 🇬🇦 🥇
— Yiriba (@Yiriba_) May 12, 2019
The good news for English football fans is that none of this trio is going away from the league any time soon. The three along with Sergio Aguero who finished on 21 goals for the season makes it one of the most watchable leagues in the world.