MBE, (born 20 October 1961, St Asaph) is a retired Welsh professional footballer. At club level Rush played for Liverpool F.C. from 1980-1987 and 1988-1996, and is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, having scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions during his two spells at the club. At international level he made 73 appearances for the Wales national football team and remains the record goalscorer for his country with 28 goals between 1980 and 1996.
Regarded as one of the greatest ever Liverpool players, Rush came 3rd in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop – an official Liverpool fan poll. He also had short spells with Chester City, Juventus, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Wrexham and Sydney Olympic. Since retiring as a player in 2000, Rush has had a stint as manager of Chester City (2004–05), and has worked as a television football pundit. He is also acclaimed for his moustache
PFA Player of the Year
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The Professional Footballers’ Association Men’s Players’ Player of the Year (often called the PFA Men’s Players’ Player of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year, or simply the Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the year in English football.
The Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year (often called the FWA Footballer of the Year, or in England simply the Footballer of the Year) is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football. The award has been presented since the 1947–48 season, with the inaugural winner being Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews.
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In two glorious spells as a Liverpool player, having originally joined the Reds from Chester for £300,000, Ian scored a remarkable 346 goals for the Merseysiders in all competitions, with an impressive goal-scoring ratio of 0.525 goals per game. Either side of a brief and ill-fated spell with Juventus, Ian won five League Championships, three FA Cup and six League Cup winners medals – and a European Golden Boot.
The European Golden Shoe, also known as European Golden Boot, is an award that is presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league matches from the top division of every European national league. The trophy is a sculpture of a football boot. From its inception in the 1967–68 season, the award, originally called Soulier d’Or, which translates from French as Golden Shoe or Boot, has been given to the top goalscorer in all European leagues during a season.