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Monday, June 18, 2007

Francesco Totti Wins the Golden Boot

Only a year after suffering a potentially career-ending injury, Francesco Totti of AS Roma won the European Golden Boot. This is an annual award that signifies the top domestic league goal scorer in European football. A formula is used, depending on the degree of difficulty of the respective league, to award points for each goal.

Totti scored 26 goals in the Serie A (he also surprisingly failed to convert on 7 penalty kicks). These goals were valued at 2 points a piece for a total of 52. Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Real Madrid finished runner-up with 25 goals and 50 points. Afonso Alves of Heerenveen of Holland had 34 goals, but the Eredivisie was valued at a lower rate. Frankly, a goal is a goal, and Alves should be complimented for his stellar performance. Many notable goal scorers have cut their teeth in Holland (Romario and Ronaldo of Brasil to name a few).

Totti succeeds Luca Toni of Bayern Munich (he won it with Fiorentina last season) as the second Italian to win this award.

Bravo e complimenti, Capitano.

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