The Rugby League World Golden Boot Award is a rugby league award handed out annually for achievements in rugby league by Rugby League World magazine. The Golden Boot is given, usually in December after the conclusion of all the year's matches, to the player adjudged to be the best in the world, as determined by a ballot of international media representatives.
The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) announced that the 2018 awards will be extended to include a Golden Boot for the best international female player. The inaugural award was won by Isabelle Kelly, the Australia and Sydney Roosters centre.
The award was founded in early 1985 by the British magazine Open Rugby and was awarded to Wally Lewis for his performances throughout 1984. Lewis and the other pre-1990 winners were initially recognised for the years that they collected the award, not for the year of their performances, but this was changed by Rugby League World magazine in 2010.
No award was made between 1990 and 1998 due to organisational difficulties, the award was resurrected in its original format in 1999 when Open Rugby changed ownership to become Rugby League World Magazine, which retained ownership of the Golden Boot.
Andrew Johns collected the award in 1999 and again in 2001, becoming the first player to win it twice. Darren Lockyer repeated that feat, winning in 2003 and 2006 becoming the first player to win twice while playing in different positions.
It was presented during the RLIF Awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007, the RLIF did not organise any awards. To fill the gap, Rugby League World magazine asked its Golden Boot panel to come up with winners in the existing categories used by the RLIF.
In 2011, Rugby League World magazine began to award retrospective Golden Boots to fill in "the missing years" starting with Garry Schofield who was adjudged to have won the 1990 Golden Boot. Schofield was due to receive the award at the time, until the sponsors, Adidas, withdrew their backing.
|1984||Wally Lewis|| Wynnum-Manly Seagulls
|1985||Brett Kenny|| Parramatta Eels
|1986||Garry Jack||Balmain Tigers||Fullback|
|19871||Hugh McGahan||Eastern Suburbs Roosters||Second-row|
|Peter Sterling||Parramatta Eels||Halfback|
|1988||Ellery Hanley|| Wigan
|1989||Mal Meninga||Canberra Raiders||Centre|
|1991-98||No award given|
|1999||Andrew Johns||Newcastle Knights||Halfback/Scrum-half|
|2000||Brad Fittler||Sydney Roosters||Five-eighth/Stand-off|
|2001||Andrew Johns (2)||Newcastle Knights||Halfback/Scrum-half|
|2002||Stacey Jones||New Zealand Warriors||Halfback/Scrum-half|
|2003||Darren Lockyer||Brisbane Broncos||Fullback|
|2004||Andrew Farrell||Wigan Warriors||Loose forward|
|2005||Anthony Minichiello||Sydney Roosters||Fullback|
|2006||Darren Lockyer (2)||Brisbane Broncos||Five-eighth|
|2007||Cameron Smith||Melbourne Storm||Hooker|
|2008||Billy Slater||Melbourne Storm||Fullback|
|2009||Greg Inglis||Melbourne Storm||Centre|
|2010||Benji Marshall||Wests Tigers||Five-eighth|
|2011||Johnathan Thurston||North Queensland Cowboys||Halfback/Scrum-half|
|2012||Kevin Sinfield||Leeds Rhinos||Five-eighth|
|2013||Johnathan Thurston (2)||North Queensland Cowboys||Five-eighth|
|2014||Shaun Johnson||New Zealand Warriors||Halfback/Scrum-half|
|2015||Johnathan Thurston (3)||North Queensland Cowboys||Halfback/Scrum-half|
|2016||Cooper Cronk||Melbourne Storm||Halfback/Scrum-half|
|2017||Cameron Smith (2)||Melbourne Storm||Hooker|
|Rugby League International Federation Golden Boot (For International Performances)|
|2018||Tommy Makinson||St. Helens||Wing|
|2019||Roger Tuivasa-Sheck||New Zealand Warriors||Fullback|
NOTE: Clubs shared the award in 1984, 1985 and 1988
|5||Melbourne Storm||2007, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017||Australia|
|3||Wigan Warriors||1985, 1988, 2004||England|
|3||Sydney Roosters||1987, 2000, 2005||Australia|
|3||North Queensland Cowboys||2011, 2013, 2015||Australia|
|3||New Zealand Warriors||2002, 2014, 2019||New Zealand|
|2||Parramatta Eels||1985, 1987||Australia|
|2||Balmain Tigers||1986, 1988||Australia|
|2||Leeds Rhinos||1990, 2012||England|
|2||Newcastle Knights||1999, 2001||Australia|
|2||Brisbane Broncos||2003, 2006||Australia|
|1||Wynnum Manly Seagulls||1984||Australia|
|1||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||1984||England|
|3||Johnathan Thurston||2011, 2013, 2015||Australia|
|2||Andrew Johns||1999, 2001||Australia|
|2||Darren Lockyer||2003, 2006||Australia|
|2||Cameron Smith||2007, 2017||Australia|
|2018||Isabelle Kelly||Sydney Roosters||Centre|
|2019||Jessica Sergis||St. George Illawarra Dragons||Centre|