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Fabio Quagliarella Wins Capocannoniere

Fabio Quagliarella

Fabio Quagliarella proved age is just a number as the 36-year-old finished the season as Serie A top scorer ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Sampdoria veteran has been sensational this term and claimed the top-flight Golden Boot with 26 goals, five more than his Juventus rival.

Despite winning the league title and Player of the Year, it represents four consecutive years whereby Ronaldo has failed to finish as the top scorer in his league.

In fact, Ronaldo did not even finish as runner-up to the Sampdoria man as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner came fourth.

Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata came second to Quagliarella with 23 goals and AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek came third with 22.

Quagliarella’s amazing season is further evidenced when stats show the Italian has the most assists from the top five scorers in Serie A.

Sampdoria actually met Juventus in the final game of the Serie A season at the weekend but neither player found the back of the net.

Juventus were beaten 2-0 away from home with goals from Gregoire Defrel and Gianluca Caprari ensuring Massimiliano Allegri’s reign at Juve ended in defeat.

Further credit must go to Quagliarella when compared to some of the top marksmen across Europe.

The 36-year-old came third in the race for the European Golden Shoe behind Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo has enjoyed a strong debut season in Italy but will have anticipated to have been the best-performing player in front of goal given his talents.

Losing out to Quagliarella means the Portuguese has failed to win his league’s Golden Boot for the last four seasons.

He lost out to Luis Suarez by five goals in 2015-16, lost to Messi for the next two seasons before being beaten by Quagliarella this time round.