Salah equals Harry Kane and Alan Shearer on three Premier League Golden Boot awards as Son picks up the accolade for the first time.
Son Heung-min will share the Premier League’s Golden Boot with Mo Salah after pulling level with the Liverpool hitman on a dramatic final day.
Salah went into the final game of the season out in front on 22 goals, with the Liverpool forward chasing his third Golden Boot after winning it outright in 2017-18 (32 goals) and then sharing it with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a season later with 22.
The Egyptian started from the bench against Wolves but scored from a corner after being introduced in the 58th minute. Liverpool did all they could to claim the title by picking up maximum points, but Manchester City’s triumph over Aston Villa meant it was eventually all for nought.
Right behind Salah ahead of kick-off was Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, whose two second half goals in Spurs’ 5-0 thumping of relegated Norwich City brought his haul for the campaign to 23. The brace was a fitting way to cap off his most prolific season in a Spurs shirt, and the first in which he has outscored the talismanic Harry Kane.
It was possible for Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo to perform an unlikely overtake on 18 goals, but he was not even named in United’s squad as Ralf Rangnick’s men slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace that summed up their dismal campaign. The Portugese superstar last topped the standings back in 2007-08 with 31 and was Manchester United’s leading scorer this season.
Leading the way for both goals and assists in the Premier League this season, Salah won the FWA Football of the Year award for his invaluable contributions to Liverpool’s title charge.
There were goal-of-the-season contenders against Manchester City and Watford in October, while a hat-trick at Manchester United that same month spelled the beginning of the end for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
A winner at Aston Villa followed in December, while doubles against Everton, Leeds and Manchester United helped Liverpool close the gap on league leaders City.
The goals did dry up towards the back end of the season but his goal against Wolves was enough to see him pick up the Golden Boot, albeit a shared one. That accolade may not be paired with a Premier League winners’ medal, but Liverpool would not have pushed City so close without his contribution.
Tottenham’s top Premier League goalscorer in 2014-15? Harry Kane, with 21. A season later? Kane again, with 25. A season later? Kane again, with 29. And, well, you get the picture…
For seven straight seasons, Kane has led the way at Spurs, with this remarkable consistency resulting in three Golden Boots – 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2020-21 – a feat that only Thierry Henry (four times) and Alan Shearer (three) can also boast in the Premier League era.
This year, however, he trails Son, who scored the winner against Manchester City on the opening weekend, recently netted a hat-trick at Villa and recorded doubles against Leicester, West Ham and Norwich. None of Son’s 23 goals have come via the penalty spot.