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Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah joins leaders and Ronaldo closes in

The Liverpool forward is making another impressive challenge for Golden Boot glory, but faces some stiff competition.

Salah has made a strong start to the new season Salah has made a strong start to the new season
 
9:41am on Monday 20th September 2021
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After the drama of Euro 2020, the top goalscorers in England are now battling to win the Premier League Golden Boot award for 2021/22.

Harry Kane is the defending champion, having held off a long challenge from Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to narrowly finish first in the top-flight scoring charts with 23 last season.

That was the third success for Kane, matching the total of Golden Boot triumphs held by the all-time EPL record goalscorer Alan Shearer.

This year Kane will be seeking what would be a record-equalling fourth crown but he is expected to face stiff competition.

European Golden Shoe: 2021/22 standings and award history

Salah and Bruno Fernandes, who each made the podium last season, entered the campaign hoping to challenge again, while a proven Premier League scorer, Romelu Lukaku, returned to Chelsea after a prolific spell in Serie A with Inter.

Man Utd then brought Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in a sensational return, making 2021/22 look like the most competitive Golden Boot race in years.

Former winner Jamie Vardy, Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, West Ham star Michail Antonio and Aston Villa duo Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings are part of a strong contingent from outside England’s ‘big six’ teams who were rated as contenders when the season began.

Keep this page saved throughout the season as we take an in-depth look at the latest standings for the players who have the most EPL goals.

2021/22 Premier League top scorers

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has joined the leaders in the Premier League Golden Boot race after scoring against Crystal Palace, while Cristiano Ronaldo is gaining rapid ground.

The Reds earned a 3-0 home win over Palace on Saturday, with Salah scoring the second goal at Anfield.

That moved the Egypt forward on to four goals for the 2021/22 campaign from his five appearances, bringing him level with early leaders Michail Antonio and Bruno Fernandes.

Antonio was suspended when West Ham faced Manchester United, for whom Fernandes did not score on Sunday.

But Ronaldo was among the Man Utd scorers as they earned a dramatic 2-1 away win.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus attacker is now one of 10 players with three goals in the standings, just one off the lead in the Golden Boot race.

Romelu Lukaku, who did not net in a 3-0 win for Chelsea at Tottenham, is also in that group along with former Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy.

Defending champion Harry Kane is yet to make an impact on the goalscoring charts in England. He has not got off the mark from four appearances in the top flight.

2021/22 EPL top goalscorers

PositionPlayerTeamGoals
1Michail AntonioWest Ham4
2Bruno FernandesMan Utd4
3Mohamed SalahLiverpool4
4Dominic Calvert-LewinEverton3
5Romelu LukakuChelsea3
6Demarai GrayEverton3
7Mason GreenwoodMan Utd3
8Cristiano RonaldoMan Utd3
9Jamie VardyLeicester City3
10Neal MaupayBrighton3
11Sadio ManeLiverpool3
12Ismaila SarrWatford3
13Said BenrahmaWest Ham3
14Danny IngsAston Villa2
15Pablo FornalsWest Ham2
16Conor GallagherCrystal Palace2
17Ferran TorresMan City2
18Son Heung-minTottenham2
19Diogo JotaLiverpool2
20Odsonne EdouardCrystal Palace2
21Callum WilsonNewcastle2
n/aHarry KaneTottenham0

Who are the past winners of the Premier League Golden Boot?

EPL Golden Boot winners

SeasonPlayerTeamGoals
2020/21Harry KaneTottenham23
2019/20Jamie VardyLeicester City23
2018/19Salah/Mane/AubameyangLiverpool/Arsenal22
2017/18Mohamed SalahLiverpool32
2016/17Harry KaneTottenham29
2015/16Harry KaneTottenham25
2014/15Sergio AgueroMan City26
2013/14Luis SuarezLiverpool31
2012/13Robin van PersieMan Utd26
2011/12Robin van PersieArsenal30

The record for most goals in a season is shared by Alan Shearer (1994/95) and Andy Cole (1993/94).

Both players scored an astonishing 34 goals, though the season was longer then – Shearer did it in 42 matches and Cole in 40.

Mohamed Salah came close to that record in 2017/18, scoring 32 times in 36 outings, producing the best Premier League goalscoring season for 13 years.

The Golden Boot winner with the best goals per game ratio in a season is Harry Kane.

England’s captain netted 29 times in just 30 games to win the 2016/17 title, averaging 0.97 goals per game.

Arsenal and Liverpool have had the most Premier League Golden Boot winners, with six each. Man Utd have had five while Tottenham and Chelsea are on four.

There are only three players who have scored the most goals in the EPL more than twice.

Shearer won the Golden Boot three times, once with Newcastle and twice with Blackburn Rovers, while Kane’s win in 2020/21 was also his third.

Thierry Henry holds the record, though, having been named the top scorer in the Premier League on four occasions for Arsenal.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez have both won the award, scoring 31 goals in 2007/08 and 2013/14 respectively.

The Premier League began from the 1992/93 season.

Prior to that, Ian Wright was the last highest goalscorer in England when it was the old First Division.

Gary Lineker and Alan Smith were also winners in the 1990s before the league was rebranded.

Premier League: Player stats including appearances, goals and assists

Who are the Premier League top scorers of all time?

Alan Shearer is the highest goalscorer in Premier League history, having ended his career in 2006 with a magnificent 260 goals to his name in England’s top division.

Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney (208) is the only other player who has scored more than 200 EPL goals.

Andy Cole (187), Sergio Aguero (184), Frank Lampard (177) and Thierry Henry (175) are other former Premier League players who sit near the top of the all-time list.

Kane is the highest-scoring active player and had 166 goals when he started this season.

He has long been cited as one of the rare contenders who has a chance to rival Shearer’s record total.

Robbie Fowler (163), Jermain Defoe (162) and Michael Owen (150) round out the 10 players in EPL history who have scored 150 goals or more.

After Kane, as of August 2021, the next active Premier League players on the all-time scoring list were Jamie Vardy (119 goals, 19th place) and Romelu Lukaku (114 goals, 20th place).

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