Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scored final-day goals in the English Premier League (EPL) to share the Golden Boot with fellow African compatriot and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah.
Aubameyang’s double for Arsenal in their 1-3 triumph over Burnley at the Turf Moor means he joins Salah and his Liverpool team-mate Mane, who scored a brace against Wolves on 22 goals.
It is the lowest winning total since the 2010/2011 season when Bulgaria’s Dimitar Berbatov and Argentine and then Manchester United striker, Carlos Tevez shared the Golden Boot with 20 goals each.
“I share this trophy with two other guys I like, great players and Africans. We are representing Africa, that’s cool. I am happy we won, and I am sharing this trophy with two other guys I like.
“My team-mates knew about the Golden Boot, I said nothing. I did not want them to play and only focus on me. I am a team player,” Aubameyang said after the match against Burnley.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp also expressed surprise and happiness for the former Dortmund forward whom he signed from Saint-Etienne in 2013 when he was in charge at the German club.
“Auba too? Do they have three boots? It is good. They are all my players,” Klopp said.
Salah won the Golden Boot last season after scoring 32 goals. That figure still remains the record for the most goals scored in a 38-game campaign.
The 26-year-old reigning African Footballer of the Year also becomes the sixth player to win the award in consecutive seasons.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane, the last player to retain the Premier League Golden Boot, having won it in 2015-16 and 2016-17 finished on 17 goals following a campaign plagued by injury.