The Golden Boot Award is decided annually by the Rugby League World magazine (originally awarded by British magazine Open Rugby), for the player judged to be the best in the world. The voting panel is made up of former players and international rugby league journalists.
There have been four England players who have won the award, four from New Zealand, the rest from Australia. Several players have won the award twice, though it is only Johnathan Thurston who has won it three times (2011, 2013, 2015).
No award was given between 1990 and 1998. In 1987 the Golden Boot award was shared by two winners. Up until 2014 there was also an award for the International Player of the Year by RLIF.
|2020||Joran Schoenmaker||Netherlands||Centre||Rugby Club Eemland|
|2019||Roger Tuivasa-Sheck||New Zealand||Fullback||New Zealand Warriors|
|2018||Tommy Makinson||England||Wing||St Helens|
|2017||Cameron Smith||Australia||Hooker||Melbourne Storm|
|2016||Cooper Cronk||Australia||Half Back||Melbourne Storm|
|2015||Johnathan Thurston||Australia||Half Back||North Queensland Cowboys|
|2014||Shaun Johnson||New Zealand||Half Back||New Zealand Warriors|
|2013||Johnathan Thurston||Australia||Halfback, Five-eighth||North Queensland Cowboys|
|2011||Johnathan Thurston||Australia||Halfback||North Queensland Cowboys|
|2010||Benji Marshall||New Zealand||Five-Eighth||Wests Tigers|
|2009||Greg Inglis||Australia||Centre||Melbourne Storm|
|2008||Billy Slater||Australia||Fullback||Melbourne Storm|
|2007||Cameron Smith||Australia||Hooker||Melbourne Storm|
|2006||Darren Lockyer||Australia||Five-Eighth||Brisbane Broncos|
|2005||Anthony Minichiello||Australia||Fullback||Sydney Roosters|
|2004||Andrew Farrell||England||Lock||Wigan Warriors|
|2003||Darren Lockyer||Australia||Fullback||Brisbane Broncos|
|2002||Stacey Jones||New Zealand||Halfback||New Zealand Warriors|
|2001||Andrew Johns||Australia||Halfback||Newcastle Knights|
|2000||Brad Fittler||Australia||Five-Eighth||Sydney Roosters|
|1999||Andrew Johns||Australia||Halfback||Newcastle Knights|
|1991-98||No award given|
|1989||Mal Meninga||Australia||Centre||Canberra Raiders|
|1987||Peter Sterling||Australia||Halfback||Parramatta Eels|
|1987||Hugh McGahan||New Zealand||Second Row||Eastern Suburbs|
|1986||Garry Jack||Australia||Fullback||Balmain Tigers|
|1985||Brett Kenny||Australia||Five-Eighth||Parramatta Eels|
|1984||Wally Lewis||Australia||Five-Eighth||Wynnum Manly Seagulls|
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