Ciro Immobile Equals Serie A Goals Record in Lazio's 3-1 Defeat to Napoli

Aug 1, 2020, 10:30 PM GMT+1
SSC Napoli v SS Lazio - Serie A
CIro Immobile matched Gonzalo Higuain's Serie A goalscoring record | Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images

Lazio star Ciro Immobile has equalled the Serie A record for the most goals scored in a single season, bagging his 36th strike of the campaign in Le Aquile's 3-1 defeat to Napoli.

The record had originally been set by I Partenopei's ex-hero Gonzalo Higuain, who smashed home 36 goals during the 2015/16 season, before switching Naples for Turin and joining arch-rivals Juventus.

Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain scored 36 goals for Napoli in a single season | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

That record was considered unfathomable at the time, and very few Serie A fanatics believed it would be broken for many years. Only four years on however, and as many as two strikers fancied their chances of toppling the Argentine forward at the summit.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Immobile have been locked in a fierce battle to become the capocannoniere in Italy this season, and the Italian's place at the top was all-but confirmed when Juve's number seven was left out of the squad to face AS Roma on Saturday night.

This left Immobile needing one goal to level Higuain's record of 36 strikes in the final match of the season, and a brace to tip him over the edge as Italy's most prolific bomber in a single campaign. Unfortunately for the forward, his one successful effort was not enough, and Simone Inzaghi's men fell to a 3-1 defeat, ending the season in fourth place.

For the 30-year-old though, it will be a season to remember. Immobile was the driving force behind Lazio's dramatic title charge, pushing Juventus until the final weeks of the season, before ultimately falling short.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund star also was also deadly from the spot, notching 14 of his 36 goals from 12 yards. Immobile has struck up a wonderful connection with midfield playmaker Luis Alberto, who laid on a hatful of assists for his clinical teammate over the 12 months.

So, the outright record was just out of Immobile's reach. But an incredibly impressive season, nonetheless.