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In this football language post we explain the phrase ‘Golden Boot award’ which is given to the top scorer in a competition or league. Don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary and we also have a page full of football cliches. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: admin@languagecaster.com.

Football Language: Golden Boot

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It’s the end of the season and this means that trophies are being handed out to the best team (Liverpool), the player of the year award (Jordan Henderson) and the league’s top scorer and this award known as the Golden Boot. This season it looks like Leicester’s Jaimie Vardy will win the Golden Boot – he has 23 goals which is two ahead of Southampton’s Danny Ings, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 20 and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has 19. The Golden Boot award is also the name of the trophy given to the top scorers in the World Cup and European Championships. Recent winners of the Golden Boot award include Megan Rapinoe in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Antoine Griezmann in the 2016 European Championship and Harry Kane in the 2018 World Cup. Golden Boot.

Example: ‘Lionel Messi won his seventh La Liga golden boot – and his fourth in a row – after scoring twice in Barcelona’s win over Alaves on the final day.’ (BBC.co.uk, 19 July 2020)

Example: Premier League Golden Boot: Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy wins with 23 goals (BBC.co.uk, 26 July 2020)

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