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BURNLEY, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal poses with the golden boot trophy after the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Arsenal FC at Turf Moor on May 12, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Three African Players Have Won the 2019 Premier League Golden Boot

Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Senegal's Sadio Mané and Egypt's Mo Salah tied for the most goals scored in the English Premier League.

This year's Premier League Golden Boot, an annual award given to the association's highest-scoring player, has been won by a trio of star African players.

Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who plays for Arsenal, as well as Senegal's Sadio Mané and Egypt's Mo Salah, who both play for Liverpool tied at 22 goals each this season to earn the award. Salah also won the award last year, when he scored 32 goals in a season—the most by any player in a 38-game season, BBC Sport reports.

The athlete celebrated the news of his second consecutive win on Twitter, with a photo of him and his daughter:


Aubameyang also took to Twitter to celebrate the victory, writing "African and proud!! Sharing the golden boot with my 2 brothers Mo Salah & Sadio Mané."

"I share this trophy with two other guys I like, great players and African. We are representing Africa, that's cool," he told BBC Sport. "I am happy we won, and I am sharing this [Golden Boot] trophy with two other guys I like. My team-mates knew about the Golden Boot, I said nothing. I did not want them to play and only focus on me. I am a team player."

This is the first time that three African players have been the recipient of the award in the same year, and many fans online are celebrating the news.






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A year ago, 16 French actresses of African descent walked the red carpet at Cannes to talk about a new project they authored, Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier (Being Black Is Not My Job), where they shared their experiences with racism and sexism in the film industry.

In an era where the movements #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite gained global momentum and led to some change in the Academy Awards, it was a first considering that outside of Aissa Maïga, French actresses seldom get any visibility and speaking out against racism put them at risk of being blacklisted, like the actor Luc Saint Eloi's unfortunate experience 20 years ago.

The red carpet moment was generally well received in France and in the rest of the world, with the main actresses getting large media coverage with features in Le Monde, Le Figaro and even Vogue U.S. The presidents of the Cannes Film Festival welcomed the actresses. No promises were made by any of the gatekeepers in French cinema, but the actresses were hopeful.

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