Three African superstars shared the golden boot in the 2018-19 English Premier League, which concluded last night with Manchester City beating Liverpool to the title by just a point.
Liverpool’s duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 22 goals each to become joint top scorers.
The Senegalese Mane and Gabonese Aubameyang each scored twice on their final-day appearances to match their season tallies to last season’s golden boot winner Salah (Egypt), who failed to find the back of the net against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“I share this trophy with two other guys I like, great players and African. We are representing Africa, that’s cool,” said Aubameyang after his brace against Burnley.
This is the third time for the golden boot to be shared amongst three players, and the first by Africans.
In 1998, it was shared by three English players Blackburn Rover’s Chris Sutton, Coventry City’s Dion Dublin and Liverpool’s Michael Owen.
Owen went on to share the award in 1999 with Trinidad and Tobago’s Dwight Yorke who was with the Manchester United and Netherlands national’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who played for Leeds United.
Salah also won the golden boot in the 2017-18 season while Didier Drogba won it twice in the 2006-07 and 2009-10 seasons.