Serie A striker Lautaro Martinez
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Every Serie A striker to score 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons this century

Lautaro Martinez’s sensational season at Inter Milan continued with a brace in the club’s 4-0 thrashing of Lecce at the weekend.

The Argentina international is cantering towards the Capocannoniere award as the league’s leading scorer, with his goals having fired Inter to the top of the table. Martinez breached the 20-goal mark during the win at Lecce, a milestone he has reached for the third consecutive campaign.

The 26-year-old has become just the fifth player to achieve that feat this century and only the sixth in the last 65 years of Serie A.

We’ve looked at every Serie A striker to score 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons this century.

Antonio Di Natale

Antonio Di Natale cemented his place as an Udinese legend during an incredible Indian Summer with I Bianconeri, producing the best football of his career in his thirties.

Di Natale had been a reliable, if unremarkable, goalscorer during his early career, but exploded during the twilight of his time at Udinese to set records. He became the club’s record appearance maker and goalscorer in Serie A with 191 goals in 385 games, while he is the sixth-highest scorer in the league’s history.

The veteran scored 20+ goals in four consecutive campaigns between 2010 and 2013, with Di Natale the only player to reach that milestone in four straight seasons this century. That return included back-to-back Capocannoniere awards as the league’s leading scorer

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani rose to prominence in Italian football, with a move from Palermo to Napoli beginning his ascent to the top of the game.

Cavani’s three seasons in Napoli saw him hit 104 goals in 138 games in all competitions, excelling in tandem with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik.

El Matador was included in the Serie A Team of the Year in each of his three campaigns in Naples and won the Capocannoniere after scoring 29 league goals during his final season with the club.

He joined Paris Saint-Germain in a €64m deal and scored 200 goals for the French side, a club record until Kylian Mbappe eclipsed that total.

Ciro Immobile

Perhaps an underrated goalscorer across wider Europe, with Immobile having struggled during short spells outside of Serie A.

With home comforts, however, the Italian has been a prolific presence, scoring 200 times to climb to eighth in the league’s all-time list of scorers.

Lazio’s all-time leading scorer has won four Capocannoniere awards as Serie A’s leading scorer, with only AC Milan icon Gunnar Nordahl having won more. He earned the first of those at Torino, before a hat-trick of accolades at Lazio.

Immobile has scored 20+ goals in six different seasons, including three consecutively between 2020 and 2022. The most prolific season of his career came in 2019/20, as Immobile scored 36 league goals – equalling the single-season record in Serie A – to win the European Golden Shoe.

Cristiano Ronaldo

He came, he saw, he conquered.

Cristiano Ronaldo became Juventus’ record signing after arriving from Real Madrid in 2018 and made an immediate impression to win the league title and Serie A Footballer of the Year in his debut campaign.

His second season saw Ronaldo win the latter award a second time, after scoring 31 league goals, before he claimed a first Capocannoniere in 2020/21, becoming the first player in history to win leading scorer accolades in England, Spain and Italy.

Ronaldo scored 81 goals in 98 league appearances across three seasons with Juventus and became just the second player, after Edin Dzeko, to reach 50+ goals in three of Europe’s top five leagues.

Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez has been one of Serie A’s finest forwards since arriving at Inter Milan, following in a long lineage of Argentines to have starred in the division.

Martinez has scored 101 goals in 196 league appearances for the Nerazzurri, including 20+ in each of the last three seasons. He has entered Inter’s all-time top 10 leading scorers, eclipsing Mauro Icardi and Christian Vieri on his climb into eighth position.

This season has been the most productive of his career to date, netting 22 times in 22 league starts to race towards a first Capocannoniere award and, more importantly, the Scudetto.

Read – Five of the best Serie A strikers of the 90s

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