TOP 10 BEST STRIKERS IN THE WORLD 2018
It’s quite interesting that most of the world’s best strikers play in the European clubs. Regarding this, millions of football enthusiasts claim Europe has the most interesting football competitions amongst other continents.
Our discussion herein centers on the Top 10 Best Strikers in the World 2018. Importantly, this evaluation is based on most recent statistics which include the players’ performances in the previous season 2016/17.
The duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have always featured among the world’s best forwards but again, it is fascinating to check out the other star athletes who occupy this list of Top 10 Best Strikers in the World.
TOP 10 BEST STRIKERS IN THE WORLD 2018
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Though Madrid’s recent form is quite shaky, Ronaldo manages to be the best striker in the world particularly in view of his tremendous efforts which helped his side in claiming both La Liga and the UCL in the previous season 2016/2017. At the time, Madrid’s coach –Zinedine Zidane –encouraged Ronaldo to focus more attention on important matches by limiting his presence in less important matches. Fortunately, this yielded a remarkable outcome for the star forward.
In Madrid’s final five UCL matches for 2016/2017 season, Ronaldo bagged 10 goals which eventually helped his team in claiming its twelfth UCL glory. Also in the domestic arena, Ronaldo’s brilliant goal-scoring tally contributed to Madrid’s La Liga triumph over Barcelona in 2016/2017 season. Following his brilliant overall performances in the previous season, Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time, placing him on a par with his greatest rival –Lionel Messi.
2. Lionel Messi
Messi’s performances in the previous season were awesome but the Catalan star couldn’t clinch more than a single trophy, being Copa del Rey. At the expense of Messi and his side [Barcelona], Real Madrid triumphed both in La Liga and the UCL. Though Messi claimed a better goal-scoring edge above C. Ronaldo in La Liga, the Argentine lost last season’s Ballon d’Or to his rival.
Currently, Lionel Messi is on a remarkable form for having created 9 assists and scored 19 goals in 20 La Liga games. Quite frankly, the star forward is on the right path to fight Christiano Ronaldo for the next Ballon d’Or.
Prior to the start of the current season, Neymar completed a mouthwatering move to PSG in a deal attracting the highest transfer fee in the history of football. Though Neymar left Barcelona amidst slight controversies, the Brazilian star would be remembered for his remarkable contributions –particularly his outstanding performance at a UCL match which saw Barcelona thrash PSG 5 goals to 1. Meanwhile, his performance herein had a hand in PSG’s strong determination to add him to their squad.
Having completed his ground-shaking move to the biggest-spending German side, Neymar ended the year 2017 with the total of 27 assists and 29 goals for the duo of PSG and Barcelona. Considering his magnificent contributions to PSG’s squad so far, Neymar has been described as one of the aspiring Ballon d’Or winners in the nearest future. Currently a 25-years-old, Neymar has enough time to add great achievements to his career and he is undoubtedly one of the best forwards in football.
4. Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski is Bayern’s forward and the most important goal scorer in the German team. In the previous season, Lewandowski narrowly escaped being defeated by Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the fight for Bundesliga’s golden boot. Lewandowski –who frequently bagged goals in every competition –emerged as Bundesliga’s highest goal scorer for 2016/17. Coming behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Lewandowski emerged as the third highest goal scorer in last season’s UCL.
Undoubtedly, Lewandowski perfectly fits into the class of the world’s best centre-forwards. Precisely, his remarkable performances contributed to Poland’s first World Cup qualification since 2006. As regards scoring goals, only a few players do it better than Lewandowski. Irrespective of fact that Lewandowski is surrounded by important playmakers like Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, the Polish forward proves to be a complete footballer.
5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang is precisely one of the best strikers in the world of football. He is most acclaimed for his last season goal-scoring tally which earned him 31 goals in 32 Bundesliga matches. This was apparently his best season and the crucial reason which triggered Arsenal’s interest in signing him. Prior to his move to the EPL, Aubameyang competed fiercely with Bayern’s Lewandowski for Bundesliga’s golden boot of 2016/17. Though Lewandowski defeated him in the battle, Aubameyang has been highly rated for his beautiful goal-scoring record.
Despite having Aubameyang in its squad, Gabon was eliminated during the group stage of last year’s AFCON competition. Gabon’s poor performance as the host of the competition was apparently one of Aubameyang’s flaws.
6. Sergio Aguero
For years, Sergio Aguero has been Man City’s top goal scorer. He is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the EPL.With the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in the previous year, Aguero was left out of his club’s starting XI and this nearly threw his Man City career into confusion. Aguero is no doubt a prolific goal scorer but his recurring injury spells have almost struck him out of Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.
Meanwhile, Argentine star Sergio Aguero is an outstanding forward who focuses more on scoring goals which place his club at the top level in the EPL. For the current EPL season, he has proven to be Man City’s top forward by scoring 21 goals in less than 25 EPL matches.
In a calendar year, Aguero took his goal-scoring tally to 32 goals, drawing him very close to Alan Shearer’s record of 36 goals. In the first half of the current EPL campaign (2017/18), Aguero had the total of 12 goals and this placed his side [Man City] clearly above other EPL sides. Towards the end of 2017, Aguero reached a significant milestone as Man City’s all-time top scorer after having displaced the 78-year-old record of 177 goals previously set by Eric Brook.
7. Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani is an Uruguayan star and PSG’s topmost striker. Though he has been criticized a number of times, Edinson Cavani’s prolific goal-scoring record speaks well of him. Prior to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s summer move to Man United in 2016, Edinson Cavani didn’t have enough chance to prove himself as PSG’s most important scorer. But with the former’s absence, Cavani has been able to stand his ground as PSG’s top scorer bagging impressive 35 goals in 36 appearances.
Despite Cavani’s remarkable goal-scoring tally, PSG lost the race to win last season’s Ligue 1 to Monaco. Moreover, the Uruguayan forward ended well last season for having netted 8 times in 8 UCL games.
8. Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain is Juventus’ top striker and his move from Napoli to Juventus signified that some clubs wouldn’t mind selling their best players to domestic rivals. Following the completion of his £75m move to Juventus, Higuain performed remarkably and finished his first season at Juventus with the total of 24 goals. Fortunately, his goals contributed to Juventus’ Serie A triumph for the 6th consecutive season. Besides their outstanding Serie A performances for 2016/2017, Juventus succeeded in securing a spot in the final of the UEFA Champions League. However, in the final match, the Old Ladies suffered defeat at the hands of Spanish giants Real Madrid.
In his 12 UCL appearances for 2016/17 season, Higuain recorded the total of 5 goals which included two goals during Juventus’ triumph over Monaco in the first leg of the semi-finals.
9. Harry Kane
Harry Kane is Tottenham’s sharpshooter and top scorer. For two consecutive seasons, he bagged the EPL’s golden boot and without any doubt, his remarkable form keeps him amongst the world’s best strikers. In 1995, Alan Shearer reached a milestone of 36 EPL goals, making him the first EPL player to do this in a calendar year. However, Harry Kane’s impressive goal-scoring form earned him the total of 39 EPL goals in a calendar year. With this, Harry Kane broke Alan Shearer’s long-standing record and further emerged last season’s highest goal scorer in the English Premier League.
Whenever he is in the game, Harry Kane proves his striking profession and links up brilliantly with his teammates. So far in his career, he is yet to receive a silverware but considering that he has been on Real Madrid’s radar, a move to the Los Blancos’ side should grant him his first silverware.
10. Mauro Icardi
Mauro Icardi is currently the most important goal scorer for his Serie A side Inter Milan. Sometimes in 2016, Icardi’s Inter Milan spell was nearly given a blow when the forward criticized his club’s radicals. In the course of this controversy, Icardi was reported to have written the words “I will bring 100 criminals from Argentina who will kill them on the spot’’. Had he been an average or less important player, Icardi might have found it difficult to secure his stay in Inter Milan’s squad. But thanks to his goal-scoring proficiency and his apologetic statement to Inter Milan’s fans.
For 2016/2017 season, Icardi’s brilliant form earned him an impressive tally of 27 goals. Meanwhile, some of these goals came as hat-tricks against AC Milan, Fiorentina and Atlanta. So far so good, Mauro Icardi claims the 10th position on this list of Top 10 Best Strikers in the World.
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