Top five: Premier League goalscorers of the 21st Century

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In the 21st century there have been nine different Premier League Golden Boot winners (this includes the fact that the 2010/11 season contained joint winners of the award). 

But which of these players are included in this list where only the goals to games ratio (strike-rate) matters?

5. Robin van Persie | Arsenal | 2011-12 | 30 goals (38 apps) | 0.79 rate

Since the Premier League's inception, there have only been two Golden Boot winners to have appeared in every match for their club in that particular season. Robin van Persie was one of them.

It was last season, before moving to Manchester United, that saw the Dutchman record a massive 30 goals for the team he had captained for the first time - Arsenal. 

However, although the current Red Devil scored many important goals at significant moments throughout the season, the great amount of goals weren't enough for his team to end their trophy drought as the Gunners were to finish third.

It was due to the large amount of goals he netted, which allowed him to be tagged as a so called "one-man team". This was in no way suitable as players before him had scored as many, if not more goals in less games.

4. Thierry Henry | Arsenal | 2003-04 | 30 (37) | 0.81

Thierry Henry, throughout his glorious career for Arsenal in the Premier League, has won the Golden Boot for a record four times. 

But it was for his second award for which he registered the most goals he had ever done so in a season.

Another thing to remember is that this was the all-important, famous and glorious "Invincibles" season that Arsenal had enjoyed. Henry was obviously their star man which brought them this distinguished achievement by attaining over 40% of their goals in that memorable season.

Providing goals for his team also came through the nine assists he had composed in this majestic season.

3. Thierry Henry | Arsenal | 2005-06 | 27 (32) | 0.84

It was his third consecutive award and his fourth ever. The Frenchman once again tore through the league's defences and once again scored more than 25 times for his famous club.

But this season, the club legend would do it more effectively. As the strike-rate shows, Henry had achieved a more compelling progression in this season.

2. Didier Drogba | Chelsea | 2009-10 | 29 (32) | 0.91

In the year where Chelsea won just their fourth league title, it was the big Ivorian Didier Drogba who led his team to this major eminence. 

The current Galatasaray man won his second Golden Boot award in this illustrious season which saw them deny title-challengers Manchester United a fourth ensuing Premier League title by just a point.

This season brought him closer to becoming Chelsea's fourth highest goalscorer in history - an accomplishment which he achieved a year before his departure from the club.

Drogba, also helped his team by producing an impressive ten assists.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo | Manchester United | 2007-08 | 31 (34) | 0.91

This player, just like the above, needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo, although equal with Didier Drogba's 0.91 strike rate, is handed the number one spot due to scoring more goals.

He also became the third of four United players to win this award for their team.

The current Real Madrid star made history in this season which is also United's record Premier League season.

The 2008 Ballon d'Or winner had scored the most goals in a Premier League season ever since the amount of teams competing was reduced to 20.

This was also the season where Ronaldo led his team to become champions of Europe after racking up eight goals in the Champions League.


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