Serie A’s unlikely top goalscorers: from Michel Platini to Luca Toni

Edin Dzeko, Dries Mertens and Andrea Belotti have battled for the golden boot this season, keeping alive Serie A’s habit of producing an unexpected top scorer

By Emmet Gates for The Gentleman Ultra, of the Guardian Sport Network

Gonzalo Higuaín scored 36 goals in 35 league games for Napoli last season to pick up the Capocannoniere. When he made his move to Juventus – the team that has now won the Serie A title for the last six seasons in a row – in the summer he would surely have been expecting to win another golden boot this season. But it hasn’t worked out like that. Instead, the battle for the Capocannoniere has been played out by Edin Dzeko, Dries Mertens and Andrea Belotti.

In the end, Dzeko triumphed with 29 goals, as many as any Roma player has scored in a single campaign since the 1930-31 season. Dzeko scored eight goals in Roma’s last eight matches, a remarkable turnaround when you consider he had only scored eight goals last season. Mertens finished behind Dzeko on 28 goals, an impressive total for a winger who had scored five last season. Belotti had to settle for third place in the race for the golden boot, but his return of 25 goals in 29 matches was an exceptional achievement for a 23-year-old in a Torino team that finished ninth.

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