Golden boot 2019 winning trio, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired up the pride of a continent as the English Premier League wound down on Sunday. As the Premier League title race was going down to the wire, the three Africans decided to take the centre stage in their own special way. All three finished with twenty-two goals to share the English Premier League Golden Boot 2019.
The occasion must have gladdened the hearts of African football watchers who must have been despairing that the golden age of African star performers was gone with the exit of the likes of Didier Drogba and Samuel Etoo from the limelight. Drogba won the Premier League Golden Boot twice in 2007 and 2010, and Samuel Etoo had been Pichichi (Spanish League top scorer) with Barcelona. Pundits had been raising concerns that the present generation was not living up to such exalted standards again.
African Golden Boot 2019 success!
None of the betting sites in Kenya had a triple in which you could play on a trio of Africans winning the Goolden Boot 2019. If they would, the odds would probably be very high!
Two-time winner: Mo Salah
Mo Salah, affectionately referred to as the Egyptian Messi surprised everyone with his achievements for Liverpool so far. Nobody would have predicted this sort of impact when he joined from Roma after a previous undistinguished stint with Chelsea in the Premier League. He took the league by storm in his first Liverpool season emerging as the Golden Boot winner and PFA Player of the Season. Another Golden Boot has been added this season and the Pharaohs of Egypt would be hoping he shows the same stellar form as he leads their charge for the African Cup of Nations on home soil.
Golden Boot winner: Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane joined the exclusive club of Africans who have top-scored in one of the prestigious European leagues by tying for the Golden Boot with Salah and Aubameyang. A powerful and tireless runner, the Golden Boot is just rewarded for the selfless work he does for his team. Mane already holds the record for the fastest hattrick ever in the Premier League from his days with Southampton. Senegal would be hoping he succeeds where the likes of El-Hadji Diouf, Henri Camara, and Jules Bocande failed by leading the Teranga Lions to their first ever triumph at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Harambee Stars of Kenya would have to be on their guard when they go up against this hungry Senegalese lion at the AFCON.
Golden Boot 2019 winner: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang is no stranger to being the top scorer in a top European league. He had emerged as Torjagerkanone (top scorer in the German Bundesliga) with 31goals in the 2016/2017 season. His time at Arsenal has been no less rewarding in terms of his goal returns, cementing his “goalrious” reputation as a seasoned poacher with the Golden Boot in his first full season with them. He won’t be at the 2019 African Cup of Nations because Gabon failed to qualify, but Arsenal fans can look forward to their top hitman firing them to glory when they clash with Chelsea in the final of the Europa League.