SERIE A – Preserved for the round of 16 of the Champions League of Juventus Turin against Olympique Lyonnais on August 7, Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the group called up to face AS Roma on Saturday. An absence that allows Ciro Immobile (Lazio Rome) to win the first Golden Boot of his career.
The misfortune of some sometimes makes the happiness of others. Saturday, the tifosi of Juventus Turin will be deprived of a last outing in the league of their top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Golden Ball, absent from the group summoned by Maurizio Sarri to face AS Roma on the final day of Serie A, is preserved for the eighth-final second leg of the Champions League against Olympique Lyonnais on August 7 next.
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This absence therefore marks the coronation of Ciro Immobile, who won his first Golden Boot at the age of 30. The Lazio Roma striker has scored 35 Serie A goals this season after 37 days, making him Europe’s top scorer in the league with a streak over Bavarian Robert Lewandowski. The Italian can still match or even exceed the record for goals scored in a season in Serie A, held by Gonzalo Higuain with 36 goals. Immobile is the first transalpine player to win this title since Francesco Totti, during the 2006/2007 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the only player who could titillate Ciro Immobile in the Golden Boot race. If he had managed to overtake the Italian, CR7 would then have become the first player in history to win the Golden Boot in three different championships (Premier League, Liga and therefore Serie A). This record will wait. By then, the Portuguese is therefore preparing for OL in a week.
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