HomeBarcelonaCiro Immobile: The David who beat 3 Goliaths to...

Ciro Immobile: The David who beat 3 Goliaths to win European Golden Shoe

- Advertisement -

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Robert Lewandowski — the trio are widely hailed as the most prolific scorers of the game.

The first two, of course, need no introduction. They have won every single individual accolade the sport has on offer and are two of the greatest players the world has ever seen.

- Advertisement -

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski does not yet have a Ballon d’Or to show for his brilliance, but he, too, has successfully managed to establish himself as an unstoppable object. 

The three marksmen were always going to go head to head for the 2019-20 European Golden Shoe. Surprisingly, however, none of them managed to take the coveted award home.

A wild card from Serie A’s Lazio did – Ciro Immobile

Ciro Immobile’s outstanding campaign

At 30, Lazio forward, Ciro Immobile, is not exactly at the prime of his life — biologically speaking. Yet, despite losing his dash of acceleration and feathery-touch, the Italian forward comfortably outscored Juventus’ prized asset, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Yet, despite the odds, he ended the season with 36 goals — two more than Robert Lewandowski, five more than Ronaldo, and a whopping 11 goals more than Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi

En route to bagging the European Golden Shoe, Ciro Immobile also matched Gonzalo Higuain’s record of most Serie A goals in a single campaign.

The Italian sharpshooter scored his 36th goal in the final match of the Serie A 2019-20 campaign, netting the only goal for Lazio in a 3-1 loss to Higuain’s former club, Napoli. 

Signed from Sevilla in 2016 for about €9 million, Ciro Immobile had a mountain to climb at his new club. Lazio were not title contenders at the time, but they still were a proud bunch.

Immobile, thankfully, wasted no time standing on ceremony and ended his debut season with 23 league goals under his belt. Next season, improved his tally by six goals, finishing the second season with 29 goals.

His third, however, turned out to be the least productive. He squandered an astonishing amount of chances and could only manage to find the back of the net 15 times throughout the campaign. 

In many ways, the 2019-20 season was supposed to be make-or-break for the man. He needed to bounce back, stronger than ever, to make up for last season’s hapless showings.

Fortunately, he remembered to wear his scoring boots from the first matchday itself. He opened the campaign with a brace at Sampdoria, helping the team cruise to a 3-0 win.

Between matchday six and 14, the Italian recorded 13 goals and four assists, leading Lazio to seven wins. He also did not forget to net a couple of hat-tricks — Sampdoria and Hellas Verona. The one against Sampdoria on matchday 20 was especially remarkable. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDYPxw3FPXI/

If scoring for fun was not enough, Ciro Immobile also did his fair share to bring others into the fold. He created chances for his team-mates, provided support runs, and even dropped deep on occasions to help out at the back.

The eight assists he provided were crucial to Lazio’s well being. Because without his intricate play, Lazio would have definitely been worse off on the table (the Eagles finished fourth). 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CB97xUclsyi/

After Ciro Immobile won the Golden Shoe race, he said:

“If you truly believe, sometimes, dreams do come true.”

It just encapsulates how much the feat meant to him.He was not an astronomical purchase. The eyes were not on him to take the league and Europe by storm. He started the season as an afterthought.

Yet, here he stands, at the top of the country and the continent. Next year, the 30-year-old will have the pressure of living up to this season’s sky-high standards.

And we believe, the Italian will not bow down without a nasty tussle. 

Also Read: Ballon d’Or 2020: Top 5 players who could have won the big prize

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -