The 30-year-old Lazio striker (Ciro Immobile) has emerged as the Serie A highest goal scorer with 36 league goals for 2019/2020 season, thus, claimed the golden boot for the Italian league and coincidentally in Europe. Immobile’s 36 goals made it possible for him to equal the record for the most goals scored in Serie A in a single season, as Gino Rossetti of Torino scored 36 league goals in 1928/29 season, while Gonzalo Higuain scored the same number of goals for Napoli in 2015/2016 season. Regarding Europe, Immobile brushed aside stiff competitions from the Bayern Munich’s Poland striker – Robert Lewandowski who finished in the Bundesliga with 34 league goals and Cristiano Ronaldo in Serie A with 31 league goals.

Sports history has it that the award that was originally known as Soulier d’Or (the golden boot) was awarded for the first time in 1967/68 season to the great Portuguese goal poacher – Eusebio when he scored a whopping 42 league goals while playing for Benfica. Also, it is recorded that Kevin Phillips of Sunderland is the only English player who has ever won this prestigious award by scoring 30 league goals during 1999/2000 season. Interestingly, Immobile would be the third Italian player to win this highly coveted award after Luca Toni who scored 31 league goals for Fiorentina in 2005/06 and Francesco Totti with 26 goals in 2006/07. Of course, we will recall that the soccer genius (Lionel Messi) has won the award 6 times, while the soccer enigma (Cristiano Ronaldo) has clinched the award 4 times. Congratulations to Ciro Immobile, but do you think Immobile can replicate this goal scoring form next season?


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