Ian Rush’s European Golden Boot up for auction – but it will cost you
If Ian Rush knew one thing – it was how to score goals.
At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980-1987 and 1988-1996. He is the club’s all time leading goal scorer, having scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions.
The Welshman who won five First Division titles, three FA Cups and two European Cups, also picked up the European Golden Boot for his goalscoring exploits in the 1983/84 season, courtesy of 32 goals for the Reds.
The European Golden Boot is awarded to the footballer who scores the most goals in the top division of a European national league.
While in recent years it has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who between them have won it 10 times, Ian Rush was the first British player to have received the accolade.
Now his Golden Boot award is up for auction with an estimate of £50,000-£100,000 in an online auction ending on November 1.
Ian Rush was the first ever Nike athlete and in 1982 was made an ambassador to Nike.
The boot, which was modelled on the Nike football boots Rush wore while playing, is plated in 24k gold and measures 190mm x 84mm.
The top bid in the auction held by auction house Martin & Pole, currently stands at £35,000.
50% of Martin Pole’s Buyer’s Premium will be donated to The Ian Rush Foundation.
You can view and bid on the auction HERE