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.
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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.
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Michail Antonio is the early leader in the Premier League Golden Boot race, with Man Utd players looking set to make a strong challenge.
West Ham forward Antonio leads the pack after moving on to four goals for the 2021/22 campaign with another strike in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, in which he also gained an assist.
Mason Greenwood is one of the two Man Utd stars in close pursuit. The teenager netted a late winner against Wolves to ensure he has scored in all three matches this season.
Bruno Fernandes also has three Premier League goals this season, all scored on the opening weekend of the season against Leeds.
And the Man Utd challenge is about to get even stronger with Cristiano Ronaldo poised to complete his transfer from Juventus ahead of a possible debut against Newcastle after the international break.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin rounds off the top four, having moved on to three strikes himself when Everton beat Brighton 2-0.
The goalscoring charts in England then have a host of players on two goals, including former Golden Boot winners Jamie Vardy and Mohamed Salah.
Tottenham star Son Heung-min is also in that group. It was he rather than Harry Kane who struck as Spurs beat Watford 1-0. Though the England captain is yet to open his account, he now has certainty over his future after announcing he will be staying at Spurs.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku did not score against Liverpool so he remains on one goal.
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Who are the past winners of the Premier League Golden Boot?
EPL Golden Boot winners
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.
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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).