Top 10 Strikers Of The 90s
The 90’s wasn’t just the decade of Britpop, girl power, dodgy hairstyles and fashion, it was also a decade that produced some of the best football strikers the world has ever seen. Here, we take a look at the 10 of the best strikers the 90s had to offer.
10 George Weah
George Weah burst on to the European football scene out of no-where scoring ridiculous solo goals for Monaco which earned him a big-time move to the Serie A giants AC Milan. He had everything, Power, Pace, skills and deadly finishing. A tally of 154 goals in 434 appearances across three clubs (Monaco, PSG and AC Milan) between 1990 and 1999 doesn’t sound all that impressive but when you consider all the important and solo goals he scored then this makes him one of the best strikers of the 90s era.
9 Andriy Shevchenko
For a decade just the mere mention of “Sheva” would be enough to scare opposing defences into submission, so was good was the reputation of this great striker and the reputation well earned. A versatile striker, Shevchenko played up front as a lone-striker, as part of an attacking two, as a second striker and out wide part of a three-man attack as it was popular in Italian football in the 90s. And it was in Italy with AC Milan Shevchenko made his name. In tight, ultra-competitive Italian football, Sheva was the perfect player to pounce on rare chances with deadly accuracy, so much so he earned the moniker “one-shot, one-goal man”. Unfortunately, that reputation suffered somewhat after the ill-judged move to Chelsea in his later career but still, it doesn’t take away from what a great striker he was for many years.
8 Roberto Baggio
Roberto Baggio is probably best known for his penalty miss in World Cup 1994 final and the pony-tail he sported due to his faith conversion to Buddhism but he was so more. A silky, classy playmaker and striker, he scored some of the classiest goals scored in Italian football. It was with Juventus he made his name in early 90s scoring many goals and creating so many more. A gracious player on the pitch, he is well known for his many charity efforts and activism.
7 Alan Shearer
The early and mid 90s were not the best years for English football but one English striker stood out above the rest. Shearer made his name with Blackburn Rovers, a small town club backed by a local steel magnate. In his 4 seasons at Blackburn Rovers Shearer scored 130 goals in 171 appearances. After winning the league title he would snub almost all the big names in European football to go play for his hometown club in the north-east of England, Newcastle United. Shearer finished his football career to become the highest goals scorer in the English football and his hometown club. Dubbed the “the most boring man in football”, there was certainly nothing boring about Alan Shearer’s ability to score goals, though his famous goal celebration wasn’t the most impressive.
6 Gabriel Batistuta
Dubbed “batigol”, Gabriel Batistuta was a swashbuckling fiery Argentinian who scored outlandish goals throughout the 90s for Fiorentina. Although he finished his career with few a honours, Batistuta terrorized defences for over a decade in Italian football. He also lead the line for Argentina national team in many tournaments and would finish as his countries all-time top scorer. A swashbuckling player on the field he was the same off it, gifted with superstar looks he dated movie stars and supermodels, He was the superstar footballer before it came a common thing.
5 Jurgen Klinsmann
Like all things that are great from Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann was efficient, ruthless and hugely successful. He made his name in domestic German league before becoming a superstar with the unified German national team. Naturally gifted athlete, Jurgen had pace, strength and deadly finishing ability. He had a hugely successful brief spell in English football playing for Spurs before moving back to Germany to play for Bayern Munich but it was with the national team he made the most impact, a big game player, he was often the match winner in important tight game.
4 Marco Van Basten
Possibly the greatest striker of his generation, Van Basten’s career was cut short by injury, nonetheless Van Basten was still one the best strikers of the late 80’s and early 90’s. A product of the famous Ajax Youth system, Van Basten had a stupendous record while at Ajax, scoring an amazing 128 goals in 133 appearances. He went to play for the great AC Milan side that would go on to win every honor in club football and dominate European football for many years. Van Basten hugely successful career was cut short by a knee injury from which he would never properly recover from. He made his mark in domestic, European club football but he is forever immortalized for scoring “that” goal in the final of the 88 European Championship final.https://youtu.be/RAnrVr1oggA
A graduate of Real Madrid youth system, Raul would lead the resurgence of the greatest club in the world since their hay day’s in the 60’s and 70’s. A diminutive player, Raul relied less on his physical abilities and more on traditional footballing guile, timing and deadly finishing. Raul lead the line for Real Madrid for over a decade and finished up as the all-time leading goal scorer for his boyhood club. While at Madrid, he won all the top honors finished up leading goal scorer on many occasions.
A player of immense ability and skill, Romario was the best Brazilian striker of his generation. A World Cup winner in 94, Romario primarily played his football on the South American continent. He had a hugely successful few year in Holland with PSV where he scored 165 goals in 167 games, which earned a move to Cruyff’s Barcelona side as part of the “dream team” playing alongside the likes of Stoichkov and Pep Guardiola and Michael Laudrup. Romario, a small, low center of gravity player was hugely skillful and a deadly finisher. He won the golden boot in Brazil’s triumph in the 94 world cup. A laid-back character, he was especially adored by working-class Brazilians for whom he had much fondness. After hanging up his boots playing late into his 40’s he turned to politics.
Take a super-middleweight boxer, a 100M sprinter, add the craziest Brazilian footballing skills, throw in uber German efficiency in front of goal and you have something close to Ronaldo or the “phenomenon” as he was known as. The world of football simply had not seen anything like Ronaldo since Pele. He had everything and so much more, he could leave the defenders for dead with his pace, shrug off multiple players to win the ball, control a pass on the run, go on the maziest of runs beating every opposing player. He could simply do everything, and Ronaldo did everything at a intensity never seen before. If not for the career-threatening injuries he suffered throughout his career he could possibly be considered as the greatest of all time. While Ronaldo was hugely successful for every club side he played for, it’s his contribution to the Brazilian national side he will be remembered for. Brazil and Ronaldo were at their peak in France 98 where Brazil were hot favorites against hosts France. Ronaldo having reported ill pre-match still played in the final and Brazil went to lose heavily. Ronaldo would get his redemption 4 years later in Japan/South Korea 2002 where he went on to become the top goal scorer in the tournament and would score the winning goals to win the final against Germany.