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10 fascinating facts about the 2008-09 Premier League season

Divesh Merani
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#9 This season saw the second lowest goal tally from a Premier League Golden Boot winner

Chelsea's Anelka only scored 19 goals to win the Golden Boot.
Chelsea's Anelka only scored 19 goals to win the Golden Boot.

The Premier League's top scorer in the 2008-09 season was Nicolas Anelka, who only scored 19 goals. It seems like peanuts when looked upon in general. Cristiano Ronaldo, the previous year's top scorer scored 31 league goals. It is the second lowest total from a Golden Boot winner in Premier League history.

It is bizarre, as there has not been any outright goalscorer consistent enough to be maligned as one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history. Sure, legends like Drogba and Rooney did play but they did not enjoy a consistent enough season. Those two would score 29 and 26 in the next season. The likes of Adebayor and Torres had some injury concerns throughout the season, as did Ronaldo.

It actually came down to Ronaldo and Anelka on the final day of the season with both on 18 goals, but Ronaldo did not play as a result of being rested for the Champions League final against Barcelona. The French forward would score at Sunderland to secure the Golden Boot for himself, in one of the most uninspiring Golden Boot winning campaigns in Premier League history.

In another bizarre fact, the only two seasons with lower goal tallies for the Golden Boot winners were back-to-back and three people were tied for the award in both those seasons. 1997-98 and 1998-99 both saw three different players score 18 goals in the Premier League, with Michael Owen being in both those trios.


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