A few years ago, Italian striker Shiro Imobili failed in his first professional experience outside the borders of Italy, and raised many criticisms through statements that involve some insult to life in Germany, but during the past few years he made a name for himself until he crowned himself king on the throne of the scorers. In Italy and Europe.
Lazio striker Imobelli crowned the Italian league’s top scorer this season, which ends on Sunday, and proved to be a restless goal machine as he scored 36 goals to become the most Italian player to score goals in one league season.
Imobili also equaled the record for the number of goals scored by any player in the competition during one season, which was achieved by the Argentine Gonzalo Higuain four years ago with the Napoli team, according to German news agency DPA.
This was enough for Imobili to win the Golden Boot award for the best scorer in the European continent this season, beating many prominent scorers in various continental leagues in the continent. This is the first time that Imobili sits on the throne of the continent’s top scorer, so this is the most remarkable achievement in his football career so far.
Imobili, 30, was born in Torre Annunziata, Naples. The last goal of the Italian league player this season came against Napoli in particular, during the defeat of Lazio (1-3) against Napoli, on Saturday, in the last stage of the competition.
Lazio celebrated his brilliant striker through the word “King” in golden letters at the club’s account on “Instagram”.
The player thanked the fans, teammates and his family, saying: “I loved this sport since my childhood … More specifically, my passion and enthusiasm for football made me vent more and more in my dreams and believe in them.”
With his team’s only goal scored in yesterday’s match, in the 22nd minute of the match, Imobili secured the record hitting record in the name of Higuain.
Imobili had passed the balance of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the list of top scorers in the European leagues this season, before the matches of the last stage of the Italian League, where Lewandowski’s balance in the German League during the last season was limited to 34 goals.
And Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 31 goals for Italian Juventus, is followed by Timo Werner, who scored 28 goals for German Leipzig before his departure to Chelsea this summer.
The Italian media described this season of Imobili as “historic”, according to the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera”, on Sunday.
Football-loving Italy had to wait more than a decade for an Italian player to win the Golden Boot award. Only Italian players have won the award in the past, striker Francesco Totti and Roma icon in the season (2006 – 2007), and Luca Toni one season before him, accompanied by Fiorentina.
The Italian sports newspaper “Gazzetta dello Sport” indicated that Imobili overtook the golden shoe race over players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Erlang Halland.
Years ago, Imobili’s football career was about to move in another direction, far from achievements and titles, as the player failed to fulfill his expectations and hopes. Controversy arose over the reasons for this failure on his professional journey in Germany.
Imobili moved to Borussia Dortmund in mid-2014 for 18.5 million euros and trained under the leadership of coach Juergen Klopp, but he did not rise with the team and did not adapt to the nature of Germany.
Amid his suffering in this professional experience, Imobili surprised everyone with a controversial statement during an interview with an Italian newspaper in early 2015, when he indicated that the Germans were cold.
Although Imobili later apologized for these statements, the player was unable to stabilize his feet in Germany, where he was seconded in the summer of 2015 to Seville, then Spain, to Turin, Italy, in early 2016.
In mid-2016, the player moved to Italy’s Lazio to shine on the team until the present time, knowing that his current contract with the team extends until the end of the season (2022 – 2023).