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How often does the PL's top scorer at Christmas win the golden boot?

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Can Liverpool's Mohamed Salah win the Premier League's Golden Boot? If history is anything to go by, his chances look very good. 
 
Mohamed Salah currently tops the Premier League's scoring charts with 14 goals. With just one game to go until Christmas, Tottenham's Harry Kane sits as the Egyptian's closest challenger on 12 goals. 
 
Stats from daily fantasy football game Oulala.com show that more often than not, the Premier League's top scorer on Christmas day generally goes on to claim the golden boot. However, in three of the last five seasons a chaser has claimed the prize, and in the last two... a certain Harry Kane has reigned in Christmas' top scorer. 
 
Going all the way back to 2006/07, Oulala.com have taken a look at how the Premier League's top scorer at Christmas has fared by the end of the season. 
 

 
On Christmas day 2006, Chelsea's Didier Drogba sat top of the tree with 10 goals. The Ivorian went on to score another 10 goals in the second half of the season to take the 2006/07 golden boot. 
 
Liverpool's Fernando Torres and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo had both scored 11 goals by Christmas 2007, however it was the Portuguese who went on to claim the 2007/08 golden boot. While Torres netted 13 in the second half of the season, Ronaldo went seven better, scoring an outstanding 20 goals in just five months. 
 
Although he only scored five goals between Christmas and May, Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka still managed to grab the 2008/09 golden boot thanks to his excellent goalscoring in the first half of the season. Fourteen goals by Christmas day 2008 helped the Frenchman take the award despite his disappointing goalscoring form after that. 
 
In 2009, Didier Drogba once again led the goalscoring charts on Christmas day. However this time the Chelsea forward was equaled by Tottenham's Jermain Defoe on 13 goals. While the Spurs striker managed just five goals after Christmas, Drogba went on to score a further 16 goals to win the 2009/10 golden boot. 
 
Dimitar Berbatov's 13 goals for Manchester United at the start of the 2010/11 season put the Bulgarian in pole position for the golden boot by Christmas. Despite netting just seven more in the second half of the campaign, Berbatov still managed to share the award with Manchester City's Carlos Tevez. 
 
On Christmas day 2011, Arsenal's Robin van Persie led the Premier League's scoring charts with an impressive haul of 16 goals. Maintaining an excellent level of consistency, the Dutchman scored a further 14 goals to claim the 2011/12 golden boot. 
 
An unexpected name was the top Premier League goalscorer on 25th December 2012. Swansea City's Michu had began the season on fire, netting 13 goals in the first half of the season. The Spaniard's scoring slowed down going into 2013, netting just five more goals for a total of 18. Robin van Persie's move to Manchester United blossomed in the second half of the season as the Dutchman passed Michu with ease to claim a second consecutive golden boot with 26 goals in 2012/13
 
Already six goals ahead of any other player on Christmas day 2013, Liverpool's Luis Suarez was impossible to catch with 19 goals in the first half of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign. Although 12 more goals wasn't enough to help the Reds to the league title, his total of 31, 10 more than his nearest rival - Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge, was enough for personal glory as the Uruguayan took the golden boot with ease. 
 
A list this illustrious wouldn't be the same without Sergio Aguero and the Manchester City striker is another player to have managed to maintain his spot at the top of the charts on Christmas day, all the way to the end of the season. The Argentine led the race for the golden boot on Christmas day 2014 with 14 goals. A further 12 strikes saw Aguero claim the 2014/15 prize with ease. 
 
Between 29th August and 28th November 2015, Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scored in a record 11 consecutive Premier League games helping him to the top of the scoring charts at Christmas with 15 goals. However Vardy's nine goals in the second half of the season to a total of 24 wasn't enough to win the golden boot as Tottenham's Harry Kane came from behind to score an incredible 16 goals after Christmas to beat Vardy by just one goal to take the 2015/16 award. 
 
There was nothing that was going to stop Chelsea's Diego Costa win the 2016/17 golden boot, until China started waving their wallets that is. The Spaniard was on his way to winning the prize after netting 13 goals by Christmas. However his head was turned in January by talk of a big money move to China and Harry Kane took full advantage to come from behind again to take the award. Costa managed seven goals in the second half of the season while Kane netted an unbelievable 22 goals in his last 18 games to his second consecutive golden boot.  


 

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