An A-League record is on the horizon

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Sydney FC’s leading striker Bobo is a shoo-in for the golden boot this season but is also a realistic chance of heading into the record books.

The Brazilian is going at just under a goal per game with a dominant 22 goals and is well clear of the next best Ross McCormack.

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With three rounds remaining, Bobo has a realistic chance to score the most goals in an A-League season. Currently that feat is held by Bruno Fornaroli who found the back of the net for fun in 2015-16 and notched up 25 for the campaign.

Another four goals from Bobo would surpass the current leader, but even if that doesn’t eventuate he is already in second place.

The Football Sack looks at some other golden boot winners from years gone by.

Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United) – 2009-10

A runaway winner with 19 goals against fellow challengers Carlos Hernandez, Paul Ifill and Sergio van Dijk all on 13 each. Gold Coast finished third but were knocked out in the first semi final against Newcastle Jets.

Daniel McBreen (Central Coast Mariners) – 2012-13

McBreen was the leading marksman of Graham Arnold’s championship winning side at the Mariners and scored 19 times. He was three goals clear of Jeremy Brockie on 16 and Marco Rojas who had 15 goals himself.

Besart Berisha (Melbourne Victory) – 2016-17

The proven goal scorer replicated his goal tally from his Brisbane Roar days in Victory colours. He managed to accumulate 21 of them for Roar and Victory with mixed fortunes playing for each club.

At Brisbane in 2011-12 he won the infamous penalty to secure the championship and at Victory they finished sixth to book a finals spot, but were eliminated by Berisha’s former club.

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Only four players have found the back of the net at least 20 times during the A-League home and away season, making Bobo’s form even more significant.

Berisha has done it twice and is joined by Bobo and Fornaroli with goal tallies in the 20’s.

Shout-out to Jamie Maclaren who in consecutive seasons reached the 20-goal mark, but was nudged out of the golden boot honour by Fornaroli and Berisha in 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively.

Stats courtesy of Ultimate A-League: http://www.ultimatealeague.com/

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