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Ciro Immobile relishing European Golden Shoe award




Ciro Immobile relishing European Golden Shoe award
Ciro Immobile

Ciro Immobile is enjoying being the European Golden Shoe award winner, with no regrets over the amount of penalties he added to his tally for Lazio this season

Ciro Immobile still finds it “crazy” that he shrugged off Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to finish the campaign with the European Golden Shoe.

The European Golden Shoe award goes to the highest goalscorer in Europe’s top flight leagues, and Ciro Immobile’s 36 goals from 37 matches in Serie A was enough to see off every competitor.

Ciro Immobile, who is 30 years old, produced probably the best form of his career with Lazio to help them finish fourth in Serie A, just five points adrift of champions Juventus.

The Italy international, who edged out Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, said: “It’s very funny, me ahead of Ronaldo and Lewandowski. If I consider the calibre of men on that list, I almost pinch myself: Lewandowski, Ronaldo, Messi, Vardy.

“I have also interrupted the Leo-Cristiano rivalry. For this I have to thank the team, if I wasn’t playing for Lazio, where would I have achieved such a thing.”

However, fourteen of Immobile’s goals were penalties, while Ronaldo scored 12 penalties inside his 31 goals for Juventus, and Messi scored five times from the penalty spot in his 25-goal season.

Lewandowski scored just five penalties from his 34 goals, and many feel he has done more than enough to justify himself as the best striker in Europe ahead of Ciro Immobile.

Ciro Immobile managed to equal the record for the most goals scored in a single Serie A season with 36 goals. A feat formerly held be Gonzalo Higuain in the 2015/16 season. And while most pundits have claimed that Immobile is only lethal from the penalty spot, Immobile has laughed off criticisms, saying every goal scored is a goal counted, regardless of how it goes in.

Immobile still confirmed he would have even scored more if he had not been kind enough to let a few of his teammates take a few penalties during the season, with Luiz Alberto and Caicedo regular beneficiaries of Immobile’s generosity.

Immobile certainly had no remorse for his mockers, telling Corriere dello Sport: “No shame from me whatsoever. In the end, the European Golden Shoe is sitting nicely in my house, so what is there to be ashamed of.”

“If I hadn’t stepped up for my team to score penalties, I wouldn’t have reached that record tally. I don’t appreciate people being abusive when they should celebrate with me, the season has been very tough for everyone.”

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