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The Golden Boot represents the pinnacle of striking achievement, here skysports.com takes a look at a selection of past winners

The Premier League title is not the only prize being contested by Chelsea and Manchester United this weekend, with the Golden Boot still very much up for grabs.

The leading lights for the Blues and the Red Devils will be hoping to complement a league winners' medal with that award on Sunday, with Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney heading the scoring lists.

Both men have found the target 26 times heading into the final day, but can either add to their tally in the last round of fixtures in the 2009/10 campaign?

Should Rooney come out on top he will take the crown for the first time, while Drogba will be able to boast a pair of Golden Boots should he be the one to emerge victorious.

The Ivorian is just one of the stellar names to have achieved the feat since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, with some of the most iconic figures in the game having demonstrated their attacking prowess in the English top flight.

Rooney will be hoping to add his name to that list this season, but who could he be about to join in the top flight Hall of Fame?

Here skysports.com takes a look at those men who have claimed the Golden Boot out right, while also acknowledging those who were forced to share the award when the battle for goalscoring bragging rights was too close to call.

1992/93 - Teddy Sheringham

The inaugural winner of the Premier League Golden Boot was Mr Edward Sheringham, who plundered 22 goals during the 1992/93 season. He began the campaign on the books of Nottingham Forest, but ended it with Tottenham Hotspur. He was on target for both clubs over the course of the season, but it was with Spurs that he really caught the eye and forced himself into England reckoning.

1993/94 - Andy Cole

Few would have fancied a Newcastle United striker taking the prize in 1993/94, following their promotion into the top flight, but Andy Cole took the Premier League by storm. Making a mockery of the step up in class, 'Cole the Goal' found the target 34 times during his first season among England's elite. It did not take long for Manchester United to snap him up and he sits among an elite group of players to have scored 100 Premier League goals.

1994/95, 1995/96 & 1996/97 - Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer was a goal machine during his playing days, making him a legend for club and country. He bagged the Golden Boot for the first time in 1994/95 and would not relinquish that crown for another three seasons. He bagged a career high 34 league goals in 1994/95, before nothing 31 times a year later and on 25 occasions in 1995/96. Shearer was on the books of Blackburn when he passed the 30-goal mark in back-to-back seasons, but had joined boyhood heroes Newcastle by the time he landed a hat-trick of accolades.

1999/00 - Kevin Phillips

Like Cole before him, Kevin Phillips arrived in the Premier League as something of an unknown quantity. He had proven to be a regular source of goals outside of the top flight, but the jury remained out on his ability to produce the goods at the highest level. By the end of the 1999/00 season those doubts had been laid to rest, with Phillips ending the season with 30 league goals to his name as he helped Sunderland beat the drop with consummate ease.

2000/01 - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Two years at Leeds United helped to showcase Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's attacking prowess and he returned to England, after a season with Atletico Madrid, with a bang in 2000/01. He raced to the top of the scoring charts in his first season back, finding the target 23 times over the course of the campaign. His efforts proved to be in vain as Chelsea ended the season empty-handed, bar the Community Shield, but Hasselbaink would continue to terrorise defences until hanging up his boots in 2008.

2002/03 - Ruud van Nistelrooy

Remarkably, given how consistent he was during his time at Manchester United, Ruud van Nistelrooy claimed only one Golden Boot during five years in England. Only once did he fail to break through the 20-goal barrier during that period, while he managed a mammoth 44-goal haul in 2002/03. Of those, 25 came in the Premier League, taking him to the top of the scoring charts.

2001/02, 2003/04, 2004/05 & 2005/06 - Thierry Henry

Shearer may have monopolised these awards in the mid-90s, but even his achievements are overshadowed by the phenomenon that was Thierry Henry. The Frenchman arrived at Arsenal in 1999 as a winger and left eight years later as the most feared frontman on the planet. During his time with the Gunners he won no less than four Golden Boots. The first of those came in 2001/02, when he managed 24 goals. He then took a vice-like grip on the trophy from 2003 onwards, with returns of 30, 25 and 27 taking him to the prize in three consecutive seasons.

2006/07 - Didier Drogba

Widely regarded as the most complete striker in world football, it is surprising to find that Drogba has only scored over 20 goals in a season twice during his time at Chelsea. The first of those came in 2006/07 when he managed 33 overall and 20 in the Premier League. The second time he has broken through the 20-goal barrier is this season, and once again he is in the running for the Golden Boot. He also needs only one more goal to set a new personal best tally for a season and cement his standing as one of the best in the business.

2007/08 - Cristiano Ronaldo

The 2007/08 campaign belonged to Cristiano Ronaldo, with his remarkable exploits helping to carry Manchester United to Primer League and UEFA Champions League glory. He found the target, from the wing, an incredible 42 times that season, with 31 of those coming while on league duty. Ronaldo ended the season seven goals clear of his closest challengers, allowing him to clean up at the end of season award parties.

2008/09 - Nicolas Anelka

The lowest total to have taken the Golden Boot outright came in 2008/09 when Nicolas Anelka topped the pile with 19 goals. The Frenchman burst out the blocks and was threatening to run away with the prize at one stage. The goals soon dried up, though, for the Chelsea man and he will have been left disappointed with his end of season tally. It was still enough to see off competition from Ronaldo and co, but he really should have been a more comprehensive victor.

Before we wrap up our look back at past Golden Boot winners it is also worth pointing out that the award was shared in 1997/98 and 1998/99. In the first of those seasons, Blackburn Rovers' Chris Sutton, Coventry City's Dion Dublin and Liverpool's Michael Owen all found the target 18 times in the league. A year on and exactly the same tally was achieved by Owen, while Leeds United's Hasselbaink and Manchester United's Dwight Yorke also got in on the act.

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