Ciro Immobile Profile
|Born||Feb 20, 1990|
|Birthplace||Torre Annunziata, Italy|
Since moving to Lazio, Immobile has become one of Europe's sharpest strikers and has also helped his national side to European success.
Immobile started his youth career with Sorrento before moving to Juventus, where he made his senior breakthrough.
However, with his playing time limited at the Old Lady, Immobile moved on to Genoa permanently following loan spells at Siena, Grosseto and Pescara. He then made the switch to Torino, where his talent truly started to show.
Immobile moved to Lazio in 2016 and has been a reliable goalscorer for the club ever since.
Shining at Torino
It was at Torino that Immobile first began to make headlines for his remarkable goalscoring record and blistering pace.
Immobile joined Torino on July 12, 2013, and made a scoring debut in the first round of the Coppa Italia against his former team, Pescara.
Immobile picked up an assist on his Serie A debut for Torino and then soon got off the mark as far as goalscoring is concerned, finding the back of the net in a 2-2 draw with Sampdoria on October 7, 2013.
This goal proved to be the first of many for Immobile, who had previously endured a lengthy goal drought lasting nearly an entire year.
In the following 15 fixtures, Immobile managed to net 12 goals, including his first brace in Serie A during a clash with Chievo Verona.
Immobile finished the season as the highest goalscorer in Serie A with 22 to his name. He became the first Torino player to win the Capocannoniere since Francesco Graziani in the 1976/77 campaign.
Struggling at Borussia Dortmund
On June 2, 2014, Immobile was announced as a Borussia Dortmund player. At the time, there was a dispute over the co-ownership agreement that Torino and Juventus had, but ultimately, his transfer to Dortmund went ahead.
"With Ciro Immobile we are getting a versatile and dynamic striker who has established himself in a top European league in an impressive manner. His outstanding qualities fit perfectly with the profile required by Borussia Dortmund," said Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.
However, Immobile's 2014/15 season at Borussia Dortmund was disappointing overall, as he scored just 10 goals in 34 appearances, including only three in 24 Bundesliga games.
Even though Immobile struggled for form at Dortmund, the Italian striker quickly came to the defence of Jurgen Klopp, when the German manager came under fire during a poor run during the 2014/15 campaign.
Speaking of his time in Dortmund, Immobile fondly recalled the experience of working under the now-Liverpool manager. "Klopp leaves something behind for you. You don't forget someone like him," Immobile told Sport Bild.
"I was lucky to be able to play under him. He's a super emotional trainer. Someone for whom you fight for every ball.
"He demands that of you too, and you can see that in his behaviour on the sidelines."
Asked why he did not perform to the best of his abilities at Dortmund, Immobile said: "I think that I just moved to Dortmund at an inconvenient time as far as the team was concerned.
"With Klopp, BVB became champions in 2011 and 2012 and then came second twice. After the first half of my season there, we were second from last in the Bundesliga.
"That meant young, foreign players being left out. I don't think Klopp didn't see any quality in me, but in this difficult phase he put more trust in players he already knew and could rely on."
European Golden Shoe at Lazio
After his ill-fated stints at Dortmund and Sevilla, Immobile joined Lazio in 2016 off the back of a loan spell at Torino which saw him score five goals in 14 appearances.
Immobile impressed at Lazio, scoring 23 league goals and another three in the Coppa Italia during the first season at his new club. Although he surpassed his Torino goals total from 2013/14, he was beaten to the top scorers' prize by Edin Dzeko.
In 2017/18, Immobile went from strength to strength, scoring 29 goals in 33 Serie A appearances and sharing the Capocannoniere with Mauro Icardi. Overall, Immobile scored 41 goals in 47 appearances throughout the course of the season.
The 2018/19 campaign saw Immobile struggle to recreate his world-class form of the season before, but the Italian still managed 19 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions.
However, in 2019/20, Immobile set the all-time Serie A goals record with 36. He also won the European Golden Shoe. In all competitions, Immobile scored 39 goals in 44 appearances.
His impressive goalscoring form continued into the following season as he scored 25 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions.
Italian national team
On the international stage, Immobile has struggled to match the form or consistency that he reached for both Lazio and Torino.
He received his first international call-up under Cesare Prandelli and subsequently featured in a 1-0 friendly defeat to then-European and world champions Spain.
Immobile was in Italy's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and for Euro 2016.
In an interview with World Soccer, he reflected on the disappointment of Italy missing out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
"One of the darkest moments of my career. As is often the case in life, we learned our lessons from it so that such a disappointment would not happen again. Under [current boss Roberto] Mancini we have been doing a fantastic job. The tifosi are really excited about the Azzurri again," he said.
Entering 2020, Immobile had scored just 10 goals in 42 appearances for the national side. However, he scored in 3-0 victories over Turkey and Switzerland in Italy's first two matches of Euro 2020 to take his 2021 tally to five goals in six games.
Italy continued to shine throughout the tournament, as did Immobile, who assisted Federico Chiesa in Italy's semi-final victory over Spain.
Immobile started the Euro 2020 final against England, but was substituted in the second half for Domenico Berardi before the Azzurri went on to win via penalty shootout.
Immobile is reportedly married to Jessica Melena. The couple have three children - daughters Michela and Giorgia, and son Mattia.
After scoring for Italy in a 3-0 win over Switzerland, Immobile dedicated his goal to two children shot dead near Rome.
"On behalf of the whole team, I wanted to dedicate our win and my goal to David and Daniel, the two angels who are no longer with us," said Immobile, as quoted by the Daily Mail. "It's our duty to embrace them, wherever they are."
He added: "We wanted to go to the funeral, too, but because of Covid regulations we were unable to.
"We share the pain of this tragedy and on the pitch, we did what we could. It was our duty."
Salary Sport report that Immobile earns £130,000 per week at Lazio.