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Season of Surprises as Di Natale Leads Golden Boot Race

After the departure of last season’s Golden Boot winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona, the commencing of the new campaign saw a chance for somebody to step up. Antonio Di Natale is currently the player who has answered the call of duty, epitomizing a season in which the usual suspects have been absent from the top scorers list.

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Antonio Di Natale Udinese 19
2 Alberto Diego Milito Internazionale 15
3 Giampaolo Pazzini Sampdoria 13
4 Pato AC Milan 12
5 Alberto Gilardino Fiorentina 11
  Paulo Vito Barreto Bari 11
  Alessandro Matri Cagliari 11
8 Francesco Totti AS Roma 10
  Fabrizio Miccoli Palermo 10
  Massimo Maccarone Siena 10


Antonio Di Natale

As I have said, the Udinese striker currently leads the race, with an impressive 19 goals from 24 games. At the age of 32, Di Natale is considered to be having the best season of his career. The striker’s international career has also flourished in recent years, and if he keeps up his current form, he certainly has to be favourite to scoop the prize come the end of the season.

Captain Di Natale is having his best season yet

Diego Milito

Following the relegation of Real Zaragoza, a club where he spent three successful years, Diego Milito chose to ply his trade for Genoa, out of a number of clubs supposedly interested in his services. But after 24 goals in 31 Serie A appearances in his debut season, Jose Mourinho was quick to strengthen his attack by brining the striker to the San Siro. And as the season has progressed, Milito has shown emphatic signs of forming a formidable partnership with Samuel Eto’o. With 15 goals from 24 Serie A matches this campaign, Milito has earned himself numerous call-ups to the Argentina squad. He may be 4 goals adrift of Di Natalem but with Inter once again setting the league alight, you wouldn’t bet against him.


One of Milito’s best goals since his summer move to Inter

Giampaolo Pazzini

After his January 2009 move from Fiorentina to Sampdoria, Giampaolo Pazzini came into his first season with the club, carrying hopes of playing an important role in their season. And with an average of a goal every two games (13 from 26 to be precise), Pazzini is another who is having the best season of his career to date. England fans will know him as the first player to score a hat-trick at the new Wembley, and the 25-year-old still has high hopes of securing a place in Italy’s World Cup squad.

Pazzini netted a hat-trick against England U21’s

With Pato and Alberto Gilardino amongst others seemingly too far adrift to challenge for the Golden Boot, the three players mentioned above look to be the sole contenders for the title. But with 7 out of the top 10 goal scorers being Italian, Marcello Lippi will be the man happiest with the situation.

Antonio Di Natale may be in nose bleed territory in terms of the top scorers list, but Udinese will need him to keep firing if they want to salvage their season. His 19 goals are even more impressive when you consider the team as a whole have been cemented in the realms of mediocrity throughout this season. And playing in a role he enjoys; being the focal point of the team; it will take some run of form for anybody to budge him from the top of the tree.

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