Barcelona star Lionel Messi lifted 2017/18 European Golden Boot. The Argentine netted 34 La Liga goals last season to beat Mohamed Salah who netted 32 times for Liverpool. The South American magician has now overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo on the list. He has now won the award five times which is a new record. Portuguese became the first player to win it four times two years ago but that is a long time ago now. The Premier League has not seen a lot of success in this category in recent years. However, the English League has produced five winners since the award was first introduced in 1967–68 season. Today, let us celebrate the only five players from Premier League who lifted European Golden Boot.
5. Ian Rush- 32 goals (1983–84)
The first player to lift European Golden Boot in the history of the English League is Ian Rush. The Liverpool legend scored 32 goals in the old First Division (Premier League) in the year 1983–84. Luis Suarez became only the second player in the history of the club to do so. The Reds expected Mohamed Salah to become the third but at the end, he could not beat Lionel Messi.
4. Kevin Phillips- 30 goals (1999–2000)
Kevin Phillips is the only English player in history ever to lift the coveted European Golden Boot. The former Sunderland striker did it in 1999–2000. He netted 30 goals to earn himself 60 points. He lifted the award in a time when everybody expected Premier League Champions Manchester United to produce the winner. He also lifted the League Golden Boot.
3.Luis Suarez- 31 goals (2013–14)
Luis suarez with his 2014 Golden boot award pic.twitter.com/snpbTOBRXP
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Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored 31 goals in 2013/14 season to emerge joint top scorer in Europe. Uruguay shared the Golden Boot that year with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo who also netted 31 times. However, the South American deserved it more because his goals did not include penalties. He is the last player to lift the coveted award playing in Premier League. He joined Barcelona in the following year and lifted it again in 2015/16 season with 40 goals.