Ciro Immobile finished the 2019-20 Serie A season as Serie A and Europe’s leading scorer with an Italian top-flight record-equaling 36 goals.
The Italy international scored Lazio’s only goal in the 3-1 loss at Victor Osimhen’s new club Napoli on the last day of the season to equal Gonzalo Higuain’s record for the most goals in a single Serie A season.
Fabian Ruiz put Napoli in front before Immobile equalised from close range.
Lorenzo Insigne then scored from the spot and Matteo Politano added the clincher late on to secure all three points for Gennaro Gattuso’s side.
Despite the defeat, Lazio finished in fourth place while Napoli end the campaign in seventh place, their lowest finish in seven seasons.
Immobile’s 36 league goals was five more than Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo – who was rested on the final day as his side lost 3-1 at home to AS Roma – with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku third on the list with 23 goals.
The European Golden Shoe is awarded to the player with the most goals across every European top-flight, with goals weighted by the quality of league.
Immobile finished two goals clear of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, with Ronaldo third.
The 30-year-old has now won the Serie A Golden Boot on three occasions – winning in 2013-14 with 22 goals and sharing with Mauri Icardi on 29 in 2017-18.
This campaign also marks the first time since 2006-07, when Roma’s Francesco Totti won, that the Golden Shoe has not been won or shared by a La Liga player with one of Ronaldo and Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez claiming the award in that spell.
Messi had won the past three but while his 25 league goals was good enough to see finish as La Liga top scorer, his goals haul was dwarfed by Immobile’s recording-equaling return.