Premier League: History made as three African players share Golden Boot

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Golden Boot of the English Premier League for this year went the way of three African players – Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah.

Gabon forward Aubameyang netted twice for Arsenal at Burnley to join Salah and his Liverpool teammate Mane, who both scored against Wolves, on 22 goals for the Premier League season.

Sergio Aguero, of champions Manchester City, came fourth with 21 goals.

Delighted Aubameyang was quoted as saying: “I share this trophy with two other guys I like, great players and African. We are representing Africa, that’s cool.

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“I am happy we won, and I am sharing this trophy with two other guys I like.

“My teammates 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.”

For Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp there was the satisfaction of knowing he had a played a part in the careers of all three of this season’s Golden Boot winners, having signed Aubameyang from Saint-Etienne in 2013 when he was in charge of Dortmund.

“Auba too? Do they have three boots?” said Klopp, who suffered the last-day heartache of seeing Liverpool finish just one point behind City.

“It is good. They are all my players,” the German added.

Recall that Salah set a 32 league goals record last season for a 38-game Premier League campaign.

The Egyptian will be the sixth player to win the Golden Boot award in consecutive seasons.

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