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Ranking the top 10 strikers in the world is always a difficult task. You can include 10 of the best players on Earth, but you’ll always leave out a terrific striker.
Then there’s the question of what makes a striker one of the best. Goals and assists are no brainers, but is it numbers or quality which truly determines a great striker?
Edinson Cavani and Andy Carroll have been impressive this season, but can these youngsters really be considered the top of the pack?
At the same time, David Villa and Fernando Torres, two of the most talented strikers in the world, have been suffering poor form as of late. Can they still be ranked among the best? Lets check out Firstain’s top 10!
10. Diego Forlan
A top quality striker is always capable of scoring goals. Forlan is a world class striker who is capable of scoring goals from nowhere. He’s quick and has got a fantastic shooting ability. He is even a dead ball specialist. He had a fantastic world cup last year in South Africa and is certainly one of the best strikers in the world today.
9. Luiz Suarez
Another striker from Uruguay. One of the most quickest footballers on the planet, Suarez can score score goals with either foot. He led his side to a Copa America win recently. He had a fantastic 6 months or so with Liverpool after joining them and makes our list at number 9.
8. Samuel E’to
Samuel Eto’o is not only one of the best strikers in modern football, but also in all of history.
He became widely recognized as one of the best in the business during his five-year stay at Barcelona, where he racked up 130 goals in 200 appearances. He then transferred to Inter Milan, where he played a pivotal roll in their 2009-10 treble winning season.
Eto’o is known for his quick pace and agility on the ball, and despite his relatively small stature, he is great in the air and is able to score with both feet. Though he isn’t the most powerful soccer player around, he has perfect timing and is a deadly finisher.
7. David Villa
After debuting for Valencia in 2005, Villa went on to spend five years at the club, a period of time which saw him cement himself as one of the most efficient strikers in the world, grabbing 129 goals in 212 appearances, and setting up an additional 53.
He has since moved to Barcelona where he has been impressive, linking up with Pedro and Messi to form a formidable goal-scoring machine.
Villa has also been a revelation for the Spanish international team. He is currently tied as Spain’s all-time leading goal scorer with the legendary Raul, at 44 goals, and has led his country to glory in the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup.
6. Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world.
The 32-year-old Ivorian is known for his great strength and is talented at finishing with either foot, heading the ball, and most notably scoring brilliant freekicks.
He is a very unselfish player and is great at creating opportunities for teammates.
He is currently Chelsea’s sixth all-time leading goalscorer with 140 goals since 2004, and among the top 10 leading scorers in the history of the Champion’s League with 32 goals.
If it weren’t for a current dip in form, Drogba would be a sure-fire choice for the top five or even the top three!
5. Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero
Sergio Aguero recently signed for Manchester City. He has had a fantastic start to his new career and has been consistent enough since the past few years and shown that he is really one of the world’s best.
After joining Atletico Madrid in 2006, he made waves in the Spanish league and been considered one of Europe’s rising football talents for years now, but I believe he has finally ascended to the top.
While he isn’t a prolific scorer, he plays more of the trequartista role, scoring and setting up a fair amount of goals.
Standing at 5’7″, the 22 year old makes up for his lack of height with super ball control and great pace.
4. Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez is a player who causes a lot of off field antics, but the bottom line is he plays hard wherever and whenever, which makes him one of the world’s best strikers today.
After impressing in Argentina and Brazil, Carlos Tevez spent a year at West Ham before he transferred to Manchester United, where he enjoyed a fairly decent career, scoring a number of important goals for the club.
Then he came to cross city rivals Manchester City, where he has been a goal-scoring machine. Last season he finished with 29 goals in 42 appearances.
3. Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain is only 23, and is already one of the best finishers in all of soccer. Just imagine where he will be in five years.
The French born Argentine debuted for Real Madrid in 2006, and after a shaky two years, he erupted as one of Europe’s top goal scorers.
In his last two seasons, he has a combined tally of 53 goals, finishing as Real Madrid’s top scorer both times.
Higuain has terrific pace and is excellent at placing himself in the right place at the right time. He is not a particularly spectacular finisher, but with work he could definitely top the list in years to come.
2. Lionel Messi
While many would argue that Messi doesn’t belong on this list due to his position on the wing, I beg to differ.
He has been one of the most prolific scorers in the world for the better part of the last three years, but it isn’t until now that he has operated as a striker on a regular basis.
In his last six starts for Barcelona, the number 10 has operated down the middle, scoring eight goals and setting up seven.
Messi is a small player, but makes up for that with his sublime dribbling abilities and cool finishing, which allow him to easily overpower much larger defenders.
At only 23, Messi is already a historic player, and while much of his early success was from his play on the wing, Messi is now making a name for himself as the deadliest striker in the world and possibly all of footballing history.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo by far is one of the best finishers in the world today. He joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009. Since then he has already scored 100 goals in two seasons in the white shirt of Madrid. He is even a dead ball specialist.
Ronaldo has also been named as the captain of Portugal. Maybe if he doesn’t even play for another 5 years he may still be at the top of our rankings. He is certainly the best.
Yes we rate Cristiano Ronaldo higher than Lionel Messi. That’s how we roll.
P.S This is part four of the series titled ‘Top 10 of everything in football‘. In case you missed it, Part one was about the top 10 goalkeepers. Part two was about the top 10 defenders. Part three was about the top 10 midfielders. To make sure you don’t miss out on future releases, it’d would be smart to subscribe to our RSS Feed and Email Newsletter. You can also Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.