Manchester United’s talismanic striker and Swedish soccer maestro, 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, tightened the race for the Premier League Golden Boot award at the weekend. Ibra expectedly joined Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in drawing level with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Ibrahimovic scored his 14th league goal of the season to secure Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford. He is obviously among the favorites to win the top-scorer prize in May, 2017.
Ibrahimovic told reporters after the Liverpool match on Sunday Jan 15, 2017:
“If I can continue to score more goals and help my team then of course I will do it (win the Golden Boot), but I prefer to win the Premier League and the collective trophies than the individual trophies.
“Seeing me winning something and not my team-mates isn’t the way I want to have it. I prefer to see my team-mates winning trophies and the individual trophies will follow. That is a second objective, not my main target. I am scoring goals, but if we could be first in the Premier League and I have five goals, the media will be attacking me and saying he cannot do it in Premier League, but I would prefer to have it this way as it’s all about winning as a team. Everybody will talk about what they want. I am here to win.”
That is a modest and humble statement – but he’d better win the Golden Boot and stop procrastinating!
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) scores the equaliser against Liverpool on Sunday Jan 15, 2017 at Old Trafford to zoom up jointly to the top of the Premier League scoring table with Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. (Photo: Getty Images)
Five former United players have won the Premier League Golden Boot award:
Dwight Yorke became the first in 1998/99, Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002/03, Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007/08, Dimitar Berbatov in 2010/11 and Robin van Persie in 2012/13.
There are 17 league fixtures to go. Ibra has enough games to score lots of goals and win the Premier League Golden Boot Award in 2016/17.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic both found the back of the net this weekend, moving both men jointly to the top of the Premier League scoring table with Chelsea’s Diego Costa. All three are now level on 14 goals while Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane’s hat-trick means he is now just one behind the top three players.
SHORT BIO: Premier League Golden Boot
The Premier League Golden Boot is an annual association football award presented to the leading goalscorer in the Premier League. For sponsorship purposes, from 1994 to 2001 it was called the Carling Golden Boot and from 2001 to 2004, the Barclaycard Golden Boot; as of 2015, it is referred to as the Barclays Golden Boot.
In addition to the trophy, winners of the Golden Boot are usually given £1,000 for every goal they scored throughout the season to donate to a charity of their choice, although Robin van Persie was given £30,000 after scoring 26 goals in the 2012–13 season during his stint with Manchester United. Thierry Henry has won the Golden Boot on four occasions, more than any other player during his stint with Arsenal.
Find the race tally below after 21 matches played:
PREMIER LEAGUE TOP SCORERS & GOALS
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC 14
DIEGO COSTA 14
ALEXIS SANCHEZ 14
HARRY KANE 13
JERMAIN DEFOE 12
ROMELU LUKAKU 12
SERGIO AGUERO 11
DELE ALLI 10
EDEN HAZARD 9
SADIO MANE 9
Go Ibra go!
Up Man U!