Lazio's Ciro Immobile celebrates scoring, Reuters
CAIRO-2 August 2020: Lazio's Ciro Immobile scored his team's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Napoli at the last fixture of the season to hit the 36-goal mark and secure the European Golden Boot.
The Italian striker finished the season in style as he matched Gonzalo Higuain's record of 36 goals in one Serie a season.
"I am super happy and proud of what I've achieved, especially when I look back to where I started and everything I went through," Immobile said after the game against Napoli.
The 30-year-old forward became the third Italian player to win the prestigious award after Luca Toni and Francesco Totti who won the award in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
He added "Dreams do come true. I can only thank the coach and staff, my team-mates, and I can assure you these records are for the whole team."
The Italian striker led his team to finish fourth in the league this season and return to participate in the UEFA Champions League competition for the first time since 2016.
Immobile continued "I'm so proud to have my place in the history of this sport. I am moved thinking of how my team-mates greeted me in the dressing room after I scored a hat-trick at Verona. That's what the sport is about."
Immobile outscored Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski who scored 34 goals and the four-time Golden Boot winner Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 31 goals for Juventus.