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Top 5 players who scored the most Premier League goals in a calendar year

Rohith Nair
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No, we're not talking about players who won the Premier League Golden Boot. That award goes to players who score the most number of goals in a season.

This concerns players who scored the most goals from January to December - spread across two halves of different seasons. It's not easy sustaining that same form over two different seasons but these strikers managed to do just that.

So without further ado, who makes the top five?

#5 Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)

Manchester United v Manchester City
Ruud van Nistelrooy won the Golden Boot in 2002/03

Year: 2003

Goals: 30

Games: 34

2003 was arguably the highlight of Ruud van Nistelrooy's career at Manchester United. The Dutch striker had ended the 2002/03 season with 25 goals - allowing him to beat Thierry Henry to the Golden Boot with a goal on the final day of the season.

The most memorable of the lot was probably his hat-trick against Fulham and a brace against Liverpool in the title-winning campaign.

Nistelrooy scored at least once for the Red Devils in the final eight games of the season as they overhauled Arsenal towards the end to win the title without losing a game in the second half of the season.


When he scored in the first two games of the 2003/04 season, he set a new record as it was the 10th consecutive game he had found the back of the net.

It was a record that stood for more than a decade until Jamie Vardy broke it in Leicester City's remarkable title-winning campaign.

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