Lazio’s Ciro Immobile crowned 2020 European Golden Shoe winner after sensational season that saw Italian striker score 35 goals in 36 appearances… and he’s still got one more game to go!
- Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has been crowned the European Golden Shoe winner
- The striker has enjoyed a sensational season with 35 goals in Serie A
- Cristiano Ronaldo, on 31, has been rested for the final game of the season
- The Portugal star was the only player who could have caught the forward
Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has been crowned the 2020 European Golden Shoe winner with 35 goals in 36 games.
Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has been crowned the 2020 European Golden Shoe winner with 35 goals
The 30-year-old has had his most prolific season in front of goal for the Serie A side
Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have previously dominated the award with the Portugal captain winning the prize four times and the Argentina star winning six.
Messi had held the award for the last three seasons but finished 10 goals behind Immobile who has enjoyed a sensational campaign.
The 30-year-old has had his most prolific spell in front of goal with 38 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the only player who could have caught Immobile but has been rested
His form had seen Lazio had mount a serious title challenge before coronavirus brought a halt to European football. The club dropped to fourth after a run of five games without a win but they could still finish second if results go their way tonight.
The striker becomes the first non-Barca player to pick up the prize since Ronaldo was victorious in 2015.
Serie A is the last European league to finish its domestic fixtures, with the Bundesliga, LaLiga and the Premier League having wrapped up their campaigns. And with one game to go, Immobile could add to his current tally.
Lionel Messi had won the award for the last three seasons but finished 10 goals behind his rival
He will set a Serie A record for the most goals scored in a single season if he managed to net twice against Napoli tonight.
Gonazalo Higuain currently holds the title after he managed 36 in the 2015-2016 campaign.
The last player to win the prize ahead of Messi was Luis Suarez in 2016 when the forward scored 40 goals in LaLiga.