Serie A Team of the Season – Part 3: Attackers

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As predicted, Serie A finished with a thrilling finale which saw Empoli relegated despite a battling performance away at Inter, Atalanta reach the Champions League for the first time ever, and Milan narrowly miss out on a top-four spot to their Nerazzurri rivals.

As the season has now drawn to a close, it is time to look at the best performers in the Italian top-flight, as Football Index constructs their team of the season in a 3-4-3 formation.


Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo (£2.38), Alejandro “Papu” Gomez (£0.81), Fabio Quagliarella (£0.32)


Perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t quite reach the sky-high expectations placed upon him when he arrived in Serie A from Real Madrid last summer, but the superstar forward certainly made an excellent contribution to his new side Juventus.

CR7 scored 21 goals in 30 starts during his first season in Italy, adding eight assists to his impressive goal tally. His leadership, desire and level of workrate had a positive effect on his team-mates, as he fired more shots towards goal than any other player in Serie A during 2018/19.

“I am staying at Juve, 1,000 per cent,” the Portugal international told DAZN back in April. “In my opinion, it was a very good first season and I adapted well. We won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup, which is certainly not easy to achieve. After winning the league in England and Spain, now I can say I’ve won it in Italy too. It was important to me and I’m very happy.”

While Ronaldo undoubtedly enjoys the spotlight, Atalanta Captain Papu Gomez has played an underrated role in his side’s dynamic front three this term. With seven goals, he scored less than team-mates Josip Ilicic (12) and Duvan Zapata (23), but his 11 assists showed some real unselfish play.

The skilful 31-year-old created more chances per game (3.2) than anyone in the side, and also made more accurate passes than Ilicic and Zapata with an average of 84.4% of 46 passes completed per match. Statistics show that Gomez also created more accurate crosses than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, his tally of 101 significantly higher than Lucas Digne of Everton in second place with 83.

Gomez certainly deserves his place in Serie A’s best XI, but the real hero of the campaign has been Fabio Quagliarella. No-one expected anyone other than Ronaldo to finish at the top of the goalscorer list this season, but the veteran Sampdoria striker smashed his own record to finish on top with 26 goals.

The 36-year-old would also provide eight assists for team mates in his best-ever Serie A campaign, earning him an unexpected call-up to the Italian national team from boss Roberto Mancini.

A goal fired in versus Lichtenstein in March made him the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Azzurri, and became only the second ever Sampdoria player to ever score more than 19 goals in two consecutive campaigns.

In January, he scored in 11 consecutive Serie A appearances, equalling the record set by the legendary Gabriel Batistuta in 1994. “It’s unthinkable,” the striker told reporters from Sky Italia at the time. “I get emotional, because just to be able to imagine something like that. Just naming Batistuta gives me goosebumps.”

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of my Serie A Team by following these links!


About Author

Chloe Beresford is a freelance Serie A writer who has been featured in Mundial magazine, Guardian Sport and in addition to Football Index, regularly contributes to The Sportsman, Tifo Football, Football Whispers and more. She supports Fiorentina and can often be found in the Curva Fiesole as well as attending as many other matches on the peninsula as possible.

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