Ciro Immobile Wins European Golden Shoe with 36 Goals

Ciro Immobile brings back the European Golden Shoe to Italian Serie A

Lazio and Italian striker Ciro Immobile was awarded the Serie A Golden Boot award and also European Golden Shoe as he matched Gonzalo Higuain’s record of 36 goals in an Italian top-flight season. The 30-year-old scored in Lazio’s 3-1 defeat by Napoli on the final day as his side finished fourth.

Fabian Ruiz put Napoli ahead before Ciro Immobile equalised from close range. Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty and Matteo Politano’s late goal were enough for Gennaro Gattuso’s side to win. Juventus’ five-times Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo who was rested on the final day was Serie A’s second top scorer, the Portugues scored 31 goals, with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku scoring 23 to be the third player in line in the Italian Serie A.

The European Golden Shoe rewards the top scorer across every European top-flight, with goals weighted by the quality of the league. Ciro Immobile finished two goals clear of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, with Ronaldo third. It was his third Serie A Golden Boot winning in 2013-14 with 22 goals and sharing with Mauro Icardi on 29 in 2017-18.

This is the first time since 2006-07, when Roma’s Francesco Totti won, that the Golden Shoe has not been won or shared by a La Liga player. The highest goal scorer in Spanish La Liga this season is Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, he won the past three but only scored 25 this season which was still enough to be La Liga top scorer.

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