In light of the Oscars which took place recently, let's hand out the most important seasonal awards: The Serie A Oscars! Each year I take a look at the top 3 subplots of the season, handing out awards to some of the most unlikely performers, polarizing owners, and incredible stories. Here we go!
The Dario Hubner award for most inexplicable Capocannoniere (leading goalscorer) goes to...
...None other than Stephan El Shaarawy, the young Milan starlet who has lit up the Serie A this season with 16 domestic goals in 23 appearances. Having watched him since his Padova days in the Serie B, you could tell he'd be a wonderful talent.
What's incredible about the player nicknamed Il Faraone is that last year he only netted twice in 22 league matches. Granted, this is due to the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which opened up spaces for him in the attacking sector.
Despite all this, no one really knew what type of player El Shaarawy would develop into. A few years ago he said he wanted to model his game around Alexandre Pato rather than Ricardo Kaka. Who would've thought that at the tender age of 20 he would've done this well scoring wise?
The Maurizio Zamparini award for crazed owner that constantly makes inexplicable decisions goes to...
...Maurizio Zamparini. After firing 25 coaches since 2002, the enigmatic Palermo owner has really outdone himself. Never mind the bizarre January transfer window which brought in half a dozen more mediocre players to alter team chemistry, Zampa is the incumbent for this award each year because of his comical wheeling and dealing.
Incredibly, he has sacked four coaches since the start of the season. Most recently, he fired Gianpiero Gasperini to bring in Alberto Malesani. Malesani only lasted three weeks, as Zamparini has decided to go back to the previously fired Gasperini to take over for the short future.
Unsurprisingly, all this change has had a poor reflection on the team as they sit in the relegation zone and look likely to succumb to Serie B purgatory.
The Rudy award for best underdog story of the season goes to...
...None other than Milan, who managed to beat the mighty Barcelona 2-0 at home in the Champions League. The Rossoneri gave the rest of the world a blueprint on how to effectively stop Lionel Messi, as he was anonymous for the entire match.
Not only did they capture the hearts of neutrals, but they might go on to a fairy-tale season if they manage to reach the *gasp* Champions League final?!