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Top goal scorers in English football's First Division / Premier League, 1888-2020

In the English Premier League, the Golden Boot is awarded to the player(s) who scored the most league goals throughout the season. Since the 1888-89 season, the year of the first top flight season in English football, 108 different individuals have been named "top goal scorer" over 121 seasons. In 2019-20, the Golden Boot was won by Leicester's Jamie Vardy, who led for the vast majority of the season and fought off some stiff competition following the season's restart.

Premier League records

Current records are generally given in the context of the past 25 years, as the total number of games was reduced from 42 to 38 per season in 1995 (in the Premier League's fourth season). The record for most goals scored since this change was set by Mohamed Salah, who netted 32 times in 2017-18, beating the previous record of 31 goals, which was set by Alan Shearer, and matched by Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez. In the Premier League era, Thierry Henry has won the Golden Boot more times than anybody else, winning this accolade four times in five seasons with Arsenal. Wayne Rooney, who is the Premier League's second highest goal scorer of all time (behind Alan Shearer) does not appear on this list at all.

All-time records

Outside of the Premier League era, Jimmy Greaves has been the top scorer in England more times than any other player, appearing at the top of the list six times between 1958 and 1969, during his career with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs. Derby County's Steve Bloomer finished five seasons as the league's top scorer between 1895 and 1904. The highest ever tally in a single season was sixty goals, which was scored by Everton's Dixie Dean in the 1927-28 season. Greaves, Bloomer and Dean are also the three top goal scorers of all time in the English league, with 357, 314 and 310 goals respectively.

Players from Arsenal and Everton have been named top scorer more than any other club, appearing twelve times each on this list, closely followed by Tottenham, who appear eleven times. 17 different nationalities are represented here, and although the vast majority of players are English, there were 16 times where the top scorer in the First Division was Scottish. A much wider variety of nationalities are represented in recent years, including in the 2018-19 season where it was shared between three players from different African nations.

Top goal scorers in English football's First Division and Premier League from 1888/89 to 2019/20, by season

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

1888 to 2020

Supplementary notes

*Number of games per season:
1888/89-1890/91: 22
1891/92: 26
1892/93-1897/98: 30
1897/98-1904/05: 34
1905/06-1914/15: 38
1919/20-1994/95: 42
1995/96-present: 38

**In the 1991/92 season, Ian Wright scored five goals for Crystal Palace before he was sold to Arsenal (where he scored a further 24 goals). In the 1992/93 season, Teddy Sheringham scored one goal for Nottingham Forest before he was sold to Tottenham Hotspurs (where he scored a further 21 goals).

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