” This is not the time for Immobile, ” Corriere Dello Sport headlined on July 16, a day after Ciro Immobile (Torre Annunziata, Naples, 1990) scored his third consecutive game without scoring a goal. The return after confinement had dampened the hopes of the Italian, who saw Cristiano Ronaldo getting closer every day in the scorers’ table. The transalpine had only added two goals after the return and accumulated 29, while the Portuguese had seen the goal seven times and had 28. ” Juve-Lazio is also a Cristiano against Immobile,” they warned in Italy about the July 20 meeting.
In Turin, Juventus, with a double from CR, took the duel 2-1, with a solitary goal and insufficient by Immobile for a tie at 30 with one of the greatest scorers in history. They had four days ahead of them to decide the capocannoniere (top scorer in Serie A) and, perhaps, approach the 34 of Lewandowski, apparent owner of the Golden Boot, Europe’s top scorer.
And to the surprise of almost everyone, it was Immobile, and not Cristiano, who will be crowned the best continental scorer of the season. In the last four days, played in just over a week, the Italian has scored six goals: one against Cagliari, three against Verona, another against Brescia, the important one, the one that placed him with 35 goals, more than anyone else, and one against Naples, yesterday on the last day. The one that made him equal Gonzalo Higuaín’s historical record (36 goals in a Serie A season).
Cristiano, for his part, has only been able to score against Sampdoria and has not been called up for the last game of Serie A against Roma (the champion fell 1-3). The Turin team will play the Champions League at the end of this week (they must come back against Lyon) and Sarri did not want to risk the Portuguese, who had to score four goals to tie with the Italian attacker.
FROM THE PIZJUÁN BENCH TO A HISTORICAL FIGURE
Thus, the man who left Seville through the back door because Emery preferred Gameiro and Llorente is now the most effective attacker in the world. He came to Sánchez-Pizjuán from Dortmund in exchange for 11 million in 2015. He had just gotten off to a good start in the Bundesliga, but the team went into a bad streak and he was one of those indicated. He passed through Spain like anybody. He played 15 games, with two goals in the League and two in the Cup, and asked to leave to “meet again.” I couldn’t show myself. If I did it right, I was always left out. I did not protest, I only asked to be let go, “he explained to the UEFA website.
From Seville, he jumped to Rome, to Lazio, after passing through a Torino that had launched his career two years earlier (22 goals in 13/14). At the Olympic Games in the capital, he found the confidence that he had lacked in Germany and Spain, in a situation that forces him to think of other forwards who are only capable of performing in their countries of birth. This is Immobile, which performs a lot, and performs well, but within its borders: 23 goals in 16/17, 29 in 17/18, 15 in 18/19 and 35, with one game remaining, to win the Golden Boot of the 19/20.
A trophy that will be lifted by an Italian for the first time since 2007 ( Totti ) and that will travel outside the Spanish league after 12 years (Cristiano at United). Since 2008, the top scorer in Europe had always played in LaLiga: Messi (6), Ronaldo (3), Suárez (1), and Forlán (1), a reflection of the absolute scoring dominance of the two stars of Barça and Madrid. The Argentine’s downturn this season (25 goals), has made Lewandowski (34) assault the podium and that Immobile, in a scandalous course, inherits a throne that only spoke Portuguese and Spanish.
With his goal against Naples on the last day of Serie A, he adds up to 36, staying at the messianic average of the last three years (36, 34 and 37) and they are the history of the 21st-century football: Immobile has equaled the historical record of Higuaín and It is together with the Argentine and Luis Suárez (40 in 15-16) the only players not named Ronaldo or Messi who reach 35 goals in one of the major leagues.