Football is all about goals and we are lucky to be witnessing some of the best strikers the world has ever seen. We take a look at the best strikers on current and recent form.
10 Gonzalo Higuain
French-born Gonzalo Higuain became dual Argentine/French citizen to play for the nation of his father. A classic centre-forward, Higuain is a master finisher in or out of the box. Known for his aggressive centre-forward play, Higuain is a classic striker who likes to mix-it-up physically with defenders. Higuain started his career in Argentina with River Plate before earning a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. At Madrid, Higuain won three league titles but was unable to become first choice striker on a permanent basis. He moved to Napoli where he saw great success as the first choice striker. Juventus paid 90 million Euros for Higuain in 2016 making him the most expensive player in Serie A history.
Apps 610 Goals 311
9 Edinson Cavani
Tall, muscular, athletic, Edinson Cavani is a powerful centre-forward with a prolific scoring record for club and country. Cavani started his football career with Danubio in his native Uruguay before moving to Italian side Palermo. While he played over 100 games for Palermo, Cavani failed to make an impact and was loaned out Napoli. It was at Napoli where Cavani would finally start to shine scoring 104 goals in only 138 games. Edison Cavani moved to French side PSG in summer 2013 for a then french transfer record of 64 million Euros. At PSG, Cavani has continued to be a prolific striker scoring 163 goals in 236 appearances so far.
Career Total: Apps 620 Goals 357
8 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Although Aubameyang started his career with Italian giants AC Milan, he was loaned to various French clubs for many years until a permanent move to St Etienne finally kick-started his goal-scoring career. After making a name in french football, Aubameyang earned a big nove to German giants Dortmund. At Dortmund Aubameyang became a world class striker, utalising his natural pace and deadly finishing ability. While at Dortmund Aubameyang scored an extrodinary141 goals in only 213 appearances. In the last few seasons many of the biggest clubs have been keeping an eye on Aubameyang, but for some discipline issues, Aubayemang should be playing for one of the biggest team in the world. He was sold to Arsenal at the start of 2018, hopefully he can recreate some of the form that has made him one of the best strikers in the world.
7 Sergio Aguero
Nicknamed “Kun”, Sergio Aguero has become one the best strikers in the world since moving to Manchester City in 2011. Only 5 ft 8 in tall Sergio Aguero has a low centre of gravity and blistering acceleration speed to take him away from defenders. Sergio Aguero started his career in his native Argentina before earning a move to Spanish club Atletico Madrid in 2006. At Athletico, Aguero became a world-class striker earning a reputation for a scoring flamboyant goals. His success earned him a big-time money move to newly wealthy Manchester City. Aguero hit the ground running in English football winning the premier league title in his first season with an unforgettable 94th-minute league winning goal from himself. Aguero has since gone on to become of the best strikers in the world in domestic and international football, becoming number one choice for his national side.
6 Harry Kane
England’s premier striker started career with loans moves to various lower league clubs before securing a first-team place at Tottenham. The 2014-15 season was Harry Kane’s break-through season where he scored 31 goals and finished top scorer in the premier league with 25 goals finishing ahead of Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy. Harry Kane has established himself as a world-class striker in the last four seasons scoring 129 goals in only 177 appearances. a low key personality off the pitch, Harry Kane has been linked with the biggest names in world football due to his ever growing reputation as a goal scorer. The youngest player on our list of best strikers in the world, Kane will surely break many records and win many trophies if he maintains his current high-performance trajectory.
5 Robert Lewandowski
Power packed player, Robert Lewandowski is arguably the most traditional centre-forward in our list of the best strikers in the world. Lewandowski started his football career in the lower leagues of polish football, he made a name for himself as a deadly finisher which earned him a move to the biggest club in polish football Lech Poznan. Lewandowski went on to become the top scorer and help his team to win the league title. Borussia Dortmund signed Robert Lewandowski in 2010 for 4.5 million Euros. Lewandowski spent four seasons at Dortmund helping them to win the league title twice and reach the Champions League final in 2013. Lewandowski moved to rivals Bayern Munich in 2013 on a free transfer and has since established himself as a world-class striker scoring 142 goals in only 182 games.
In summer 2017 PSG paid £200 million to Barcelona to acquire the services of Neymar, making him the most expensive footballer in the history of world football. A silky skilled Brazilian, Neymar displayed huge potential even as a youngster at Santos. Neymar’s ever-growing reputation as a playmaker and a goal scorer earned hi a big move to Barcelona in 2013. Neymar was already a world class player with a reputation to match by the time he arrived in Barcelona, where he went on make the famous trio of “MSN”, with South American compatriots Saurez and Messi. At Barcelona, Neymar went on to gain even more plaudits, however he could not outshine the outstanding Messi. In his quest to become the greatest footballer, Neymar moved to PSG in 2017 for the world record transfer fee.
3 Luis Suarez
A controversial striker, there’s no doubting the ability of Luis Saurez as a goal scorer. Saurez started his senior footballing career with Dutch side Groningen before moving to Ajax. Saurez scored 111 goals in only 159 appearances for Ajax raising the attention of many big European clubs. Saurez signed for Premier League club Liverpool in 2011 making little impact in his first season. He however, forged a great partnership with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in his second season and soon became a fan favourite, controversy, however, followed him with many disciplinary issues. Saurez singed for Barcelona in 2014 but was unable to play until October of that year due to a FIFA ban for the biting incident during the world cup. Saurez hit the ground running in Barcelona, forming a formidable partnership with Neymar and Messi. Just in his last four seasons, Saurez has scored 145 goals in only 186 appearances making him one of the deadliest strikers in the world.
2 Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo started his senior football career at Sporting Lisbon before catching the eye of Alex Ferguson of Manchester United. Ronaldo moved to United in 2003 as a replacement for the newly departed David Beckham. Ronaldo struggled to make an impact on the first team and was often criticised for show-boating without an end product. He however, developed physically in the coming seasons and his performances improved. While at United, Ronaldo primarily played out on the right wing, cutting-in sometimes to take pot-shots from distance. He gained a reputation as a great free-kick specialist with his trademark style. It was in the 2006-07 season that Ronaldo became something that we recognise today. Ronaldo became more an all-around player, having much more effect than some dazzling skills. Ronaldo announced himself to world football by scoring 42 goals in the 2007-8 season, Real Madrid came in for his signature but Ferguson persuaded him to stay another season. It was good judgement since Ronaldo and Man United would go on to win the Champion’s League the following season. Ronaldo’s Move to Real Madrid at the time was a world record transfer fee of £80 million. Since moving to Real Madrid Ronaldo has broken all kinds of records and racked up many trophies. He has scored an incredible 439 goals in only 428 games for Real, a record better than any other player in the history of the game. Ronaldo has also found success on the international stage winning the European Championship in 2016 as Portugal captain. In any other generation, Ronaldo would surely be the best striker in the world, but unfortunately he has found himself playing at the same time and league as Lionel Messi, his nemesis and career long rival.
1 Lionel Messi
There can be no other but Lionel Messi as the king of strikers in this or any footballing era. Many already think he the greatest footballer of all time and who can argue against that. Born in Argentina, Messi moved to Spain and Barcelona as a youngster with health problems. Messi received treatment for growth hormone deficiency in Barcelona while playing in the Barcelona youth systems. Messi broke through the ranks in during the 2004-05 season with immediate impact and taking world football by storm, however Messi was still receiving treatment for his illness and was used sparingly to start. Messi truly announced himself to world football in the 2008-09 season scoring 38 goals. He has since scored 30+ goals in each of last seasons and 73 goals in the 2011-12 season, the highest by any player in the any of the top leagues. Lionel Messi has broken all records personal and collective records imaginable and is well on track to become the highest goal scorer of all time for club and country. But it’s not simply the numbers and records that make this 5ft 7in striker the greatest of all time, it’s his style of play that catches the imagination, the way he controls the ball, dribbles past players as if they were not there, shoots from impossible angles with awesome accuracy that makes Lionel Messi the greatest Striker and possibly the greatest footballer of all time.