News – FR – Champions League – Lazio-Bayern: Immobile, unexpected Golden Boot that has not been lost


Even for him, it was completely “crazy” So imagine for others For ten years now, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had the habit of sharing the Golden Boot, which rewards each season the top scorer in Europe in all championships. One stroke the Argentinian, the other the Portuguese: only Luis Suarez had managed to interfere between these two monsters in 2014 (tied with CR7) and 2016 But that was before Before this 2019-2020 season completely crazy about Ciro Immobile, able to equal Gonzalo Higuain’s record of 36 goals with Napoli in 2015-2016 And at the time, no one would have imagined that this could be possible At least as quickly The Lazio Rome striker did it, winning the famous Golden Boot to the nose and beard of a certain Robert Lewandoski as a bonus. A new guest (surprise) at the big table

“It was crazy to beat him (Lewandowski, editor’s note) in the race for the Golden Shoe To challenge great players like him and Cristiano Ronaldo brought me great happiness, “Immobile told the UEFA website a few days ago. On Tuesday evening, the Roman striker will face that of Bayern Munich again But this time on the pitch and in the round of 16 of the Champions League, please “What I like most about Robert Lewandowski? The fact that he is never satisfied Every year he tries to improve himself and exceed his limits, even if they are already exceptional. He is a complete striker, “added the Italian international, believing that his friend is simply the best” number 9 in the world “at the moment.

For Ciro Immobile, everything was not always as easy as it is today The native of Torre Annunziata had to show a sacred mind throughout his career, never spared by the critics for a level too “limited” according to some An alleged glass ceiling he broke over time His second round of 16 in C1 on Tuesday therefore looks like a great revenge, especially on those who thought he was lost after failed experiences at Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla FC It must be said that abroad, Immobile has never imposed itself The reasons ? A different football, a mentality to change, the language barrier and a game to evolve Not easy when you have done all your ranges in Italy

“When you go abroad, you have to change your mentality, recently explained Cesare Prandelli, former coach of the Nazionale and currently on the bench of Fiorentina You have to adapt to the new situations you have in front of you For an attacker like him, who needs movement, deep balls, able to stand out from the opposing defense line, it is difficult You go from a football where you play in front of the goal to another where, often, you turn your back to it”

Arriving at BvB during the 2014-2015 season, Immobile also had to don the costume of Robert Lewandowski’s replacement Really not obvious Jürgen Klopp, then on the bench of the German club, had however stuffed no less than 70 matches of the ex-striker of Genoa and Torino “Or more than my father”, joked the person concerned. But the story unfortunately did not work, to the point that Bild spoke at the time of “one of the biggest mistakes in the history of Dortmund” A sentence still engraved in the memory of Ciro Immobile, paid around 20 million euros at the time by Borussia His next experience in Seville won’t be much more flamboyant

“I felt bad, I had few chances In January (2016, note), I thought about leaving, but Emery asked me to stay At first I scored two goals immediately, but then Emery took me out again Let’s say that when you don’t feel like a member of the group, everything is useless “, Immobile confided to Estadio Deportivo in April 2020 “I never played even when I deserved it, he added to France Football I don’t have a good memory of Emery”To (re) find good ones, the Italian decides to get back in the boot in stride After a new parenthesis at Torino, with whom he won his first title of “capocannoniere” (top scorer, editor’s note) in 2014, he finally landed at Lazio in July 2016 for less than 10 million euros The beginning of a sacred story

Exceptional scorer, Ciro Immobile knew how to store all the lessons of his past experiences Both successes and failures The one with Juventus is in between Recruited in 2007 by another Ciro, but Ferrara this time, the striker thought he could win on the side of the Old Lady It notably enabled the Primavera (reserve) to win the prestigious Viareggio tournament in 2009 thanks to a double in the final against Sampdoria

Immobile even made his debut for the first team in a match won against Bologna a few months later, replacing a certain Alessandro Del Piero Just that But he quickly understands that the road is blocked, especially after the arrival of Alessandro Matri in 2011 And even his explosive loan in Zeman’s Pescara doesn’t change anything, despite 28 goals scored alongside Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti In 2014, bis repetita But this time in Serie A and with the Torino jersey With 23 goals, Immobile becomes the 13th player in history to have managed to finish top scorer in Serie A and Serie B Not satisfied, he will do it twice (2018, 2020) a few years later And this time with the colors of Lazio

Since arriving in the Eternal City, Ciro Immobile is having fun like never before In 204 matches in all competitions, the Italy international has scored 114 goals What to put the frame He is the offensive terminal of a perfectly oiled collective orchestrated by Simone Inzaghi, considered one of the best coaches in circulation in Italy. And with performers like Luis Alberto and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic by his side, it’s immediately easier. Very skilful technically, intelligent in his movements, lethal in his conclusions, unpredictable in his choices, tireless over 90 minutes: Immobile has grown up, perfecting a killer instinct that has sometimes left him Before better coming back The confidence placed and regained in Lazio also changed everything Often criticized for his performance in Europe, the number 17 biancoceleste is present this season, with five goals in four matches in the group stage, including two against Borussia Dortmund Symbolic No Italian player has done better in C1 since Alessandro Del Piero and his five goals in 2008-2009

The throne of Italy, Ciro Immobile knew how to conquer it The European one too There is now only one left The ultimate The one who has been unoccupied for too many years now Undisputed and indisputable in club, the Lazio striker is still struggling to be with the Italian selection However, the place is not privatized by anyone If he will certainly be on the trip to the Euro, he will have to fight with his great friend Andrea Belotti (Torino) to win his place And even with Moise Kean, the PSG striker, however often aligned in the right lane by Roberto Mancini

“We have a way of playing which is different from that in club, recently justified Immobile Sometimes it’s not easy to adapt, as our mechanisms are perfectly repeated and integrated into a club But I will continue to work to make my country proud and score with the Italy jersey This is one of my goals I want to win something with this team”As often, Immobile does not therefore really dwell on the criticisms that can sometimes befall him. His answer is the field And this is probably the best Word of the Last Golden Boot

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