Fabio Quagliarella has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Serie A Golden Boot after the 36-year-old finished the season as Serie A top scorer with 26 goals, five more than his Juventus rival.
Though he won the league title and Player of the Year, it represents four consecutive years where the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has failed to finish as the top scorer in his league coming fourth.
Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata came second to Quagliarella with 23 goals and AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piątek 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 ends 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.
The former Real Madrid star 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 three season.
Ronaldo 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.