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Race for the European Golden Shoe – Immobile currently in pole position

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The competition for the European golden boot 2020 is going topsy-turvy, no one has a vivid picture on who would lay their hands on the golden boot from which we can conclude that the competition for this accolade is cut-throat.

France Football led smiles to fade away from the entire footballing fraternity by snubbing Ballon d’Or this pandemic hit season, La Pulga ( Lionel Messi) had managed to retain this award and maintain a healthy two trophy lead from the ex-Real Madrid Talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, Also the trophy is kept safe Custody by the Argentine till 2019 from some of the lethal net busters from Europe which includes the Likes of fellow teammate Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and the Youngest Frenchmen to have scored in a world cup final, Kylian Mbappe and the list goes on.

Time has arrived for the acclaimed G.O.A.T to let slip the trophy and hand it over to any of the following front-runners.

#1. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

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Ciro Immobile is the name on every football fan’s lips. The Annunziata born striker’s presence in the Golden Boot Chart was highly unanticipated and multiple fan communities are unable to digest the immense pressure put up by the former Borussia Dortmund man on the likes which include Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi.

Ciro Immobile surpassed the leader, Robert Lewandowski on golden boot chart on matchday-37 when Ciro has had put past a smooth right-footed shot behind the Brescia shot-stopper Andrenacci, which also implies an extended goal-lead from Cristiano Ronaldo who clinched his 2nd Serie A trophy in his second season for the Old-Lady also his 7th League title across leagues played across in England, Spain and Italy.

Now Lazio will take the train to Naples, San Paolo and Ciro Immobile has a clear chance to etch his name on the prestigious European Golden Shoe for the very first time.

#2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

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The polish Striker was the hot favorite to have bagged the Golden Boot home until Ciro Immobile started bolstering goals aftermath football had resumed. Veterans bemoan that the Munich striker has been robbed off as Bundesliga had to conclude with each team playing on 34 occasions as only 18 teams competed for the title in the first division of German league whilst remaining leagues like the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A had the luxury to play 4 more times.

Robert Lewandowski boasts the best goal-scoring ratio across Europe. To add salt to the wound, Robert Lewandowski was also snubbed when France Football announced the withdrawal of Ballon d’Or this season. The striker had netted on 10 occasions this season so far in the UEFA Champions League and he also tops the chart as per date. Bayern Munich will face Frank Lampard’s men in the Round of 16 return leg in the coming week.

They will face the survivors in the face-off between Barcelona and Napoli in the Quarter-Finals given that they see through Chelsea in the return leg of Round of sixteen.

#3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

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The Five-time Ballon d’Or winner will have to put past a minimum of 5 times past the Roman goalkeeper on matchday-38. The Bianconeri striker had achieved this feat on two instances in the colors of Los Blancos. 5 years down the timeline we see Cristiano Ronaldo under the spell of Carlo Ancelotti when he had netted five times against Granada at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano excited his fans again by repeating the same but this time against the Barcelona based club Espanyol in the 2015/16 season under one of the most unsuccessful managers for Real Madrid Rafael Benitez.

Cristiano Ronaldo entered the books of club history by surpassing Raul as Real Madrid’s all time goal scorer. Ciro Immobile can put Cristiano Ronaldo under a knife by adding more to tallies this season when Lazio meets Napoli this week.

#4 Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

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Chelsea was determined and adamant to capture the signing of the 24-year-old Stuttgart born striker, Timo Werner from Leipzig’s aftermath the transfer ban was lifted, and they managed to do so.

Timo Werner had recorded his career-best goals in a season during his time under Naggelsmann in RB Leipzig with figures reading 28 goals. Werner who is standing 4th in the Race for the European Golden Boot Supremacy will return stronger next season with blues when the season kicks- off on September 12th.

#5 Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

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The Six-time Golden Boot winner will have to let loose his dominance over the Trophy as the Argentine had only managed 25 goal tallies this season under Valverde and Setien combined. Without any doubt, the 2019/20 season had turned out to be a season to forget or a daunting nightmare for the Blaugrana Community.

The Pichichi Trophy winner might also end up the season trophy-less with UEFA Champions League being the only trophy that they can take home but veterans believe it is highly unlikely for them to be the European Champions with the internal conflicts going on in the club’s management.

Things got even hostile for Barcelona when the little magician had started following Manchester City on Instagram this month. Prevailing rumors state that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola wants to land Lionel Messi signature fans will have to wait till the Champions League final and will have to see what future unfurls.


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