Despite Serie A stuck in a seemingly endless pit of inevitability and predictability, the race for the Golden Boot is a race that could excite, thrill and spill until the end of the season.
With Juventus set to win a stunning fourth consecutive league title in Massimiliano Allegri’s maiden season at the helm, the Old Lady’s domestic domination is killing Serie A and further enhancing the stock of the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga in the process.
But with a number of players in with a shout of finishing as the league’s top scorer, Italian football is still worth tuning in just to see some of the best strikers in the world in action.
Whoever wins the golden boot can expect their stock to rise in the summer, with the last three winners of Capocannoniere all moving clubs not long afterwards.
Swedish maverick Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the prestigious award after scoring 28 league goals for AC Milan in the 2011/2012 season, only for French titans Paris Saint-Germain to come calling and snap him up for £15.7million.
The following year Edinson Cavani spearheaded the scoring charts after clocking up a stunning 29 goals for Napoli. But despite interest from Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal, he then followed Ibrahimovic to the French capital in a move that has still yet to yield sufficient results.
Ciro Immobile earned a big-money move to Borussia Dortmund in order to fill the void left by Robert Lewandowski’s departure to Bayern Munich, having pipped Carlos Tevez to the honour after netting 22 times for Torino.
Mauro Icardi’s goal for Inter Milan against Cagliari moved him onto 14 for the season, the same amount as Tevez who has been in irresistible form for Juventus under Allegri’s tutelage.
Chelsea target Icardi’s exploits are perhaps even more stunning than that of his Argentine rival, having featured for an Inter Milan side devoid of excitement despite spending lavishly to bring Lukas Podolski, David Santon and Xherdan Shaqiri to the San Siro.
Jeremy Menez and Gonzalo Higuain both have 12 goals apiece, with the former having thrived since his summer move from PSG to AC Milan despite Filippo Inzaghi struggling on occasions. Higuain has put his World Cup final heartbreak behind him to once again lead the line for Rafael Benitez’s Napoli.
It is a sign of the times that the race for the Italian Golden Boot is more enthralling than that of a title tussle. Juventus must take the blame, not that they will care when they once again are celebrating success at the end of the season.
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