The Golden Boot is an award given to the player who scores the most goals in a competition or season.
This is an award cherished by footballers as it serves as a gift for their hard work in their various teams. So here are greatest Golden Boot winners in Africa;
Salah has won the Golden Boot in his last two seasons in the English game, winning the award in his first—record-breaking—year at Liverpool, and then retaining it last season, albeit tied with two other African All-Stars.
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The only African player to win a Golden Boot in two different major European Leagues, Auba will be remembered as a sublime goal-getter, even if he’s won few club honours to match his individual quality. In 2017 he eclipsed four-time Golden Boot winner Robert Lewandowski to clinch the Bundesliga award, and after transferring that form to the Premier League he stands alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Ruud van Nistelrooy as players who have done it in two different major leagues.
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Drogba clinched the Golden Boot in both 2007 and 2009. He’s one of only two non-European players along with Salah, to win the Golden Boot twice in the history of English football, and his haul in the 06-07 season made him the first African player to clinch the prize.
One of the greatest African goal scorers of all-time, Eto’o was already Real Mallorca’s top goal scorer ever by the time he moved to Barcelona in 2004, while still in his early 20s. He’s proved himself to be a big-game player, one of only two to score in two different Champions League finals. He won the Golden Boot in 2015 and still serves as an inspiration to many.
Both a scorer of great goals and a great scorer of goals, Yeboah holds the distinction of being the first player, and the only until Gareth Bale to win back-to-back Goal of the Month competitions in the Premier League, and he also won the Goal of the Season award for his thunderous effort against Liverpool in 1995-96. Before moving to Leeds United, he’d already won four Golden Boots; two in the Ghana Premier League in the late 80s, and then two in the Bundesliga in the early 90s, as part of an excellent Eintracht Frankfurt team. In ’94, Yeboah became the first non-European player (and only the second non-German player) to win the Golden Boot in the German top flight, and he’s one of only two foreigners, the other being Lewandowski, to win the award twice.
Mane’s goal scoring record throughout his career has been respectable and consistent, without truly being breathtaking, although it’s worth noting that he’s struck double figures every season since his debut campaign with Metz in 2011-12. At Liverpool, he’s perhaps been celebrated more for his work in Liverpool’s build-up play than as a finisher, but he nonetheless became a Golden Boot winner when he shared the award with Salah and Aubameyang.
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