In Italian football history, only seven strikers have won the Capocannoniere or the Paolo Rossi award and the Scudetto in the same season. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen stands on the verge of making history and adding to that list of novelty.
Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain notched up 36 goals in 2016 but Napoli finished second, the responsibility now lies on Osimhen to continue his formidable goalscoring form and put an end to the drought of 14 years since the Scudetto winners had the top scorer of the league in their team.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains the last recipient of the dual accolades in the same season. Back in 2008/09, the Swedish striker was part of Jose Mourinho’s Scudetto-winning Inter side and with 25 goals, Ibrahimovic secured the Capocannoniere. 24-year-old Osimhen already has 19 league goals to his name and paired with breakaway star Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, he is set to blast past that figure in no time.
Lautaro Martinez is currently in second place in the top scorer charts with 13 goals and considering the gap between the Nigerian, Osimhen can be considered as the one who will win the Paolo Rossi award at the end of this season. The 24-year-old already has broken the Serie A record set by Cristiano Ronaldo, by scoring in eight consecutive matches and now has Higuain’s record of 36 goals in his sights.
It is not long until the end of the season, Victor Osimhen will embed his name alongside the likes of Michel Platini, Marco Van Basten, Gianluca Vialli and David Trezeguet. Credit goes to manager Luciano Spalletti for developing a Scudetto-winning side and for sharpening the goalscoring superstar.
Stats are taken from Il Mattino
Trambak Bhattacherjee | GIFN