Top 10 Strikers in World Football

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October 2, 2015 2:04 pm

Strikers are known for their ability to shrug off defenders and to run into space along with having the understanding of positioning themselves in good goal-scoring positions where they can receive the ball and convert the chances. In football, at the end of the day, goals win matches, and strikers are the ones entrusted with bagging those goals Huge money is spent on these strikers although there are only a select few who deserve the hefty fees.

In this article we present to you our list of Top 10 strikers in the world.

10) Carlos Tevez- Boca Juniors

The Argentinian forward was one of the most important players for Juventus last season as he played an all-round role in the Old Lady’s path to the Champions League final and in securing the local double as the 31-year-old scored 20 goals and gave 9 assists in 29 appearances for the club.

However ‘El Apache’ has now moved back to his home country Argentina where he currently plays at Boca Juniors. His departure from the club was mainly due to him feeling homesick and it left a lot of Italian fans sad given the fact that the forward is still a world class player and could have offered more for their team.

9) Wayne Rooney – Manchester United

Wayne Rooney continues to be a shining star for Manchester United. His incredible work rate and the willingness to play at any position according to the needs of the team make him a quintessential modern day footballer.

He got a good whoscored rating of 7.39 for his performances in the 2014-15 season for the Old Trafford side. And given the fact that Louis Van Gaal has bought midfield reinforcements now, Rooney will have more chances to play at the position where he flourish the most – Center Forward and the player will play an important part in the club’s return to Europe’s top competition.

8) Harry Kane- Tottenham Hotspur

He is the only striker in this list to not be featuring for a Champions League side last season or during the ongoing campaign. He does not, unlike many of his dukes; play in a starting lineup that is filled with men widely recognized as some of the the best players on the planet. Spurs forward Harry Kane was a revelation while playing under manager Mauricio Pochettino in 2014-15, finishing behind only Sergio Aguero in Premier League goals tallied during the season. Now regarded as England’s best striker, Spurs fans will be hoping for a repeat of his form in the current season as well to have any hopes for challenging for a top 4 spot.

7) Antoine Griezmann – Atlético Madrid

The 24-year-old French international took time to settle with  The Mattress Makers’ after moving in from Real Sociedad, but once he did settle, the Frenchman turned out to be one of the best signings for Simeone in the recent times. He racked a total of 18 goals in 17 liga games from end of the year to April and concluded the season with 25 goals across all competitions to lead Los Rojiblancos. Having explosive pace and lethal finishing in his bag of skills, he is set to play an important part for the Red and Whites for the present season.

Also,given the departure of the Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic and his newly formed partnership with the Columbian Jackson Martinez along with the talented Argentine Luciana Vietto,  Atleti are surely one of the most difficult teams to beat in the Spanish and European competitions this season.

6) Diego Costa- Chelsea

The Brazil born forward’s performance on the field continues to be obstructed by his regular injuries, but still he was at his goal-scoring peak last season with 20 goals in just 26 Premier League appearances. His finishing was deadly as he played an important role in the club’s road to Premier League victory and the striker formed a great relationship with the club’s gaffer Jose Mourinho.

Although he has failed to replicate his club success with the national team ‘La Roja’, Vincente Del Bosque will be hoping for him to return back in form as his presence upfront will play a major role in Spain’s candidature for the Euro Cup.

5) Robert Lewandowski- Bayern Munich

The memories of Robert Lewandowski’s 4 goals against Real Madrid are still fresh in Borussia Dortmund’s fans as the mighty Galacticos sunk under the hammering from the Polish International in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League Semifinals. He is one of the most unsparing finishers in Europe and has netted 25 goals for Bayern which already has defending nightmare names like Robben, Ribery and Muller  in their attack.

A team player with precise finishing and exalted first touch, under the guidance of the great tactician Pep Guardiola , the Polish forward is set to play a decisive role in making Bayern challenge for European glory again and as evident by the 5 goals he scored against Wolfsburg in just a span of 9 minutes, he is one of the most fearful striker on his day. In the subsequent 2 matches he further scored a brace and a hattrick thus making 10 goals from 3 matches.

 

4) Karim Benzema- Real Madrid

It cannot be easy getting recognized when you are surrounded by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, two goal-scoring experts, on either side, but Benzema continues to perform at a high level and puts his selfless aspect forward for the good of Los Blancos. His movement on and off the ball causes havoc and his desire to lay a ball off for his teammates at better positions is equally laudable. Along with all this, its the aerial ability of his that gives another dimension to the Rafa Benitez’s attack.

3) Sergio Aguero- Manchester City

The Manchester City man will play a big role if Pellegrini’s side hopes to recover from a disappointing season. One of the best center forwards in the world, the Argentine is an irresistible package as a predator possessing a bursting pace, balance, two‑footedness and technique, mental and physical strength. His hat-trick against the German champions that edged out The Sky Blues with a 3-2 victory in the UEFA Champions League is just one of the many instances that prove his prominence to the club, although it was his last gasp winner against QPR in 2012 that immortalised him in footballing folklore.

2)- Zlatan Ibrahimovic- PSG

Another player who is reaching the end of his memorable career, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is a truly one of a kind player in world Football at the moment.  The Swedish superstar possesses incredible strength, vision, skill and the ability to intimidate defenders. He holds the phenomenal record of winning a domestic title at every football side he’s played for, including current club Paris St Germain.

He scored a staggering 34 goals from just 40 appearances last season and has a total of 75 league goals in 89 appearances for the French club since he joined in 2012.  Being 33 years old, Ibrahimovic is still one of the best players in the world and given his arrogant persona and a whole playlist of some of the most amazing goals that one  can imagine, the Swedish international has left a footprint in this sport’s history that probably no other player  will be ever able to replicate.

When he scored that almost impossible bicycle kick against England in a friendly the commentator said: “You cannot coach that kind of brilliance”

1) Luis Suarez – Barcelona

The best striker in the world by a distance as the inclusion of Luis Suarez as the Catalans central striker has been one of the masterstrokes for Luis Enrique as it literally brought out probably the best ever form of Lionel Messi which eventually led Barcelona to one of their most memorable seasons, winning a treble in Luis Enrique’s debut season with the Blaugranas.

Suarez’s post-World Cup ban seemed to only have increased his motivation as the Uruguayan compiled a remarkable 25 goals and 17 assists in 37 games for the Blaugranas, meshing perfectly with Messi and Neymar. He scored goals, ran defenders out of shape, and held up play beautifully. More important than anything was his selflessness that is so rare to see in a striker in the modern day football. His friendship with Messi and Neymar on and off the field seems to have produced one of the most destructive attacking trios in recent footballing history, as MSN scored a whooping 122 goals for the Catalans. The 28-year-old got an astonishing whoscored.com rating of 7.90 for his performance in last season’s UEFA Champions League.

And given Lionel Messi’s absence for 2 weeks due to an injury, Barca fans will be hoping for Suarez to take an even more responsible role as only he and Neymar are the club’s main attacking options, especially after the departure of Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea.

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