Mo Salah sent a message to Son Heung-min after seeing a video of the Tottenham Hotspur star celebrating the Golden Boot. The two players shared the award this year.
Mohamed Salah looked an absolute certainty to win the Golden Boot this year after his start to the season. Few imagined he’d end up sharing the award – in fact, he nearly lost it.
It took a goal on the final day to ensure that Salah tied with Son Heung-min on 23 for the season. You could see the joy on his face, too, though some of that might have been the Egyptian believing he’d won the title for Liverpool.
Still, Salah took home the Premier League Golden Boot for a third time. He won outright in 2018 after a record-breaking season, then shared the spoils with Sadio Mané and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the year after.
For Son, this is a well-deserved first. He took the award back to South Korea this week to show it off – he’s the first Asian player to ever lift a Golden Boot in England.
And Salah, as you’d expect, had a short and sweet message for his rival upon seeing it.
“Congratulations Sonny!” he wrote on Twitter.
Mo Salah and his Golden Boot
We still can’t quite believe that Salah ended up sharing the award. He was a mile ahead of everyone else in the competition by the turn of the year, only for the goals to dry up.
Salah scored in just three games after February for a total of four goals. He’d have shattered his own goalscoring record with similar form to the first half of the campaign but couldn’t quite manage it. We imagine that’s largely down to exhaustion and heartbreak post-AFCON.
But it could also be that teams simply focused more attention on Liverpool’s star man. It’s likely no coincidence, for instance, that Mané scored a lot more goals while Salah struggled. No team can stop every forward at Anfield.
Salah also confirmed this week that he’ll be at Liverpool next season, meaning he’ll go for his fourth Golden Boot. A bit more consistency over the full campaign and we don’t see how anyone could stop him.