Best center-forward/striker ever in football

best striker ever in football

Goals are the essence of football. Without scoring every effort is useless. Who are the best one`s in this particular discipline?


12. Stephane Chapuisat (Borussia Dortmund)

The former BVB-striker wasn`t the fastet, most creative or most elegant player. But one thing set him apart: He was clever, simply so clever! And he had a natural goal instinct. This made him become one of the most successful foreign strikers in the German Bundesliga. Always liked watching him play.

Achievements: Champions League winner 1997, Bundesliga champion twice
Strengths: Cleverness
Weaknesses: Speed, not a dribbler

 

  • Key passing score: 70%
  • Finisher score: 90%

 

 

11. Andreij Shevshenko (Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan, FC Chelsea)

Lightning-swift and very effective. Unstoppable in his prime.

Achievements: Numerous national titles in Seria A and Premier League
Strengths: Fast, good technique
Weaknesses: Injury-prone

 

  • Key passing score: 75%
  • Finisher score: 95%

 

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10. Gabriel Batistuta (ACF Fiorentina)

The big-shooting Argentinian Batigol was top-striker in Florence and the national squad. Was feared for his left and right foot hammer shots. A club icon of Fiorentina, because he stayed despite being relegated to Seria B.

Achievements: All-time top-scorer for Fiorentina and Argentinian national squad
Strengths: Right foot
Weaknesses: Left foot

 

  • Key passing score: 70%
  • Finisher score: 95%

 

 

9. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich)

Achievements: German Bundesliga and cup champion with BVB and Bayern
Strengths: Very complete, hardly ever injured
Weaknesses: Very good at everything, but not outstanding in any department

 

  • Key passing score: 85%
  • Finisher score: 90%

 

 

8. Romario (PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense)

Achievements: World cup victory 1994, two-time Copa America champion
Strengths: Technique, Dribbling
Weaknesses: Mental focus

 

  • Key passing score: 85%
  • Finisher score: 90%

 

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7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, Paris, Manchester United)

The excentric superstar is the man for spectacular goals. Certainly not an easy to handle character, but with his strong figure, confidence, technique and will he is an absolute scoring machine.

Achievements: Many national titles in top leagues all across Europe
Strengths: Crazy genius
Weaknesses: Temper, hothead

 

  • Key passing score: 85%
  • Finisher score: 95%

 

 

6. Didier Drogba (FC Chelsea London)

Achievements: Champions League winner 2012, Africa Cup champion with Ivory Coast
Strengths: Physical monster, ice-cold scorer
Weaknesses: Dribbling

 

  • Key passing score: 75%
  • Finisher score: 95%

 

 

5. Thierry Henry (Arsenal London, Barcelona)

The French is an Arsenal legend. His trademark shot was a precise flick from the left corner of the box. Scored countless goals that way, World and European champion.

Achievements: World cup and European champion 1998 and 2000, Premier League champion
Strengths: Balance, speed, scoring, counter attacks
Weaknesses: Not a physical monster, rather light-weighted – so not that much authority in the box

 

  • Key passing score: 90%
  • Finisher score: 90%

 

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4. Ruud Van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)

An absolute phenomenon, one of the most dangerous strikers of all times. Actually the fourth-highest goal scorer in Champions League history and three-time top scorer in this very competition.

Achievements: Premier League & La Liga champion
Strengths: Goal instinct, penalty-box killer
Weaknesses: Average technique

 

  • Key passing score: 70%
  • Finisher score: 100%

 

 

3. Raul Gonzales Blanco (Real Madrid)

Achievements:
Strengths: Speed of thought, goal instinct, a pure scoring machine
Weaknesses: Speed

 

  • Key passing score: 90%
  • Finisher score: 95%

 

 

2. Luis Suarez (FC Liverpool, FC Barcelona)

A very complete master striker. Not just a scorer, he participates in the offense, good for combinations, passing etc.

Achievements: Champions League winner, Primera Division champion
Strengths: Incredibly good scorer, so creative and dangerous in attack
Weaknesses: Mental blackouts like biting or diving

 

  • Key passing score: 100%
  • Finisher score: 95%

 

 

1. Ronaldo (PSV, Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid, AC Milan)

The Brasilian football legend hit the frontpages a lot with his weight, affaires or partying. All that doesn`t change the fact that he was brilliant on football fields, he led his team to world cup victory 2002. He was insanely fast, in control of the ball, cool and equipped with strong and variable shots. Scored goals out of nowhere. I distinctly remember one goal he scored for Barcelona in the Spanish league: He took the ball somewhere at the midline and dribbled around what seemed like all eleven opponents twice before placing the ball in the net…an unbelievable goal!

Achievements: Two-time world cup champion and one-time runner-up, many titles in European domestic leagues, a huge number of individual honours
Strengths: Technique, dribbling, two-footed, feints
Weaknesses: Weight, mentality

 

  • Key passing score: 85%
  • Finisher score: 100%

 

Best striker ever in football
By Alex Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (Ronaldos) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Do you agree with this ranking of the best strikers ever in football. Or have any central forwards been forgotten?

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