Lazio striker Ciro Immobile’s family shared their pride as the 31-year-old Italian collected his European Golden Boot award from the mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi today.
Speaking with Italian radio broadcaster Lazio Style Radio (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), his brother Luigi commented first.
It’s an honour, a great satisfaction. It’s a great achievement, not just for him but for Lazio as a whole. Ciro even prepared a surprise, a letter.
The family has always been our cornerstone, for him it’s a pillar that helps him especially when things go wrong.
His mother Michela then expressed her joy at her son’s achievements.
For all the sacrifices that Ciro made we were rewarded in the end. He used to say to me: ‘I have to become a footballer and go to the national team’ and he did it.
He is stubborn. What he wants he gets. I can’t describe my pride, it’s immense. I’m so excited.
Finally, his brother-in-law Luca Melena shared his thoughts.
Ciro is what you see every day, a simple and humble guy, that is not easy to find these days. We always try to stay close to him, especially when we need him most. It’s a great emotion to be here, the result of the sacrifices and hard work he’s put in for years.
That’s his strength, going forward with determination to achieve these goals. He has found his second home in Lazio, he feels great in Rome. He has found the right dimension that in the past he had not found for various reasons.