Capocannonieri: The race for Serie A’s top-scorer gong.


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One of the major thrills of the 2019/20 Serie A season is finding out the top marksman out of an impressive group of some of European football’s finest netbusters plying their trade in Italy.

Defending the crown

Last season, 36 year old Sampdoria striker shocked the world by emerging the Capocannonieri winner with 26 goals, but even Fabio Quagliarella knows repeating the trick is an Herculean task.

Front-runners

In terms of favorites for the crown, it’s hard to look beyond one of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is a massive favorite to emerge as top scorer this season.

Ronaldo scored 21 times in his debut Serie A season, a relatively low number by his own very high standards which is why many experts expect him to bounce back and top the scoring charts this season.

Another of the netbusters aiming to deny Ronaldo the crown is Serie A debutant, Romelu Lukaku who this summer became Inter Milan’s record signing.

Lukaku’s reputation is enough to get defenders shaking in their boots with over 200 career goals and already Belgium’s all-time top-scorer all before the age of 25, he’s definitely one of the favorites for the Capocannonieri.

Inter’s arch-rivals, AC Milan might have one reason why Lukaku won’t win the award this season, and his name is Krzsystof Piatek.

The Polish Marksman came into the league as a relative unknown with Genoa last season, he went on a scoring spree in the first half of the season which led to Milan snapping him up, he continued scoring for Milan with 22 goals in total and almost fired them to a top 4 spot but fell short on the last day to ….you guessed right…. Inter Milan.

Piatek is starting his first full season as a Rossonerri and he’s very much expected to carry on with last season’s goalscoring exploits.

Familiar foes

There’s a group strikers who consistently compete for the Capocannonieri, regardless of what team they’re in or which coach is in charge, these guys will score goals in the Serie A.

Ciro Immobile leads this group with a consistent goals return throughout his Serie A career and one wouldn’t rule him out of winning this year especially with Lazio’s attacking style of play which could see him get more than the 15 he scored last season.

Atalanta punched well above their weight last season by qualifying for the Champions league and the major reason for that is striker, Duvan Zapata who came second in the scoring charts with 23 goals.

Zapata is a seasoned performer in the Serie A with 4 different clubs so it’s only natural that he ranks high in the scoring charts, but it might be slightly harder to replicate last season’s red hot form as Atalanta just signed another seasoned goalscorer, Luis Muriel.

It wouldn’t be a goalscorers list without Edin Dzeko and even though the big Bosnian disappointed last season by scoring just 9 goals, you can expect him to bounce back this time around.

Andrea Belotti also isn’t left out of this conversation, and even though he has struggled to regain the form of the 2016/17 season, he’s still been a consistent goalscorer for Torino and he’d at least be looking to surpass last season’s tally of 15 goals.

Napoli duo, Dries Mertens and Arkadius Milik shared the goalscoring responsibilities for the Partonopei last season with both netting 16 and 17 goals respectively, and even though it’s unlikely that either of them will be crowned Capocannonieri at the end of this season, you can still expect similar numbers from the pair.

Outsiders

This next group of strikers most likely won’t win the award, but will get goals for their clubs this season.

Andrea Petagna was in impeccable form for SPAL last season with 16 Serie A goals and may well increase those numbers this time around.

Ivorian striker, Christian Kouame will be Genoa’s main goal threat this season in the absence of Piatek.

Leandro Pavolletti found the net 16 times in Cagliari colours last season but that feat might be hard to surpass for him.

The last of the outsiders is Brescia striker, Alfredo Donnarumma who finished top-scorer in the Serie B last season to help promote his team to the top-flight but the Serie A is a whole new level and nobody really expects him to win the top-scorer award.

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