The Golden Boot is awarded to the Rugby League international player of the year by Rugby League World Magazine.
The Golden Boot was inaugurated in 1985 by Open Rugby Magazine (the original name of Rugby League World) for performances during the 1984 season. It was won by Wally Lewis of Australia.
No awards were made between 1990 and 1998, but the Golden Boot was restored to prominence in 1999 when it was presented to Andrew Johns, who went on to become the first player to win it twice, repeating his success in 2001.
Below you can view a series of articles on the Golden Boot.
The Winners & How They Won It
A list of all the winners of the Golden Boot since 1984.
The Golden Generation: 25 Years of the Golden Boot
A special feature first published in the January 2011 issue of Rugby League World in which Richard de la Riviere charted the origins of the Golden Boot, its decline and rebirth, the winner that never was, the controversies it has provoked and the esteem it is held in by those players who have been privileged to win it.
The Missing Years
In 2011, Rugby League World initiated a process to determine which players would have won the Golden Boot in those ‘missing years’ between 1990 to 1998. Find out more about the first retrospective winner and view the other shortlists.