Strikers are always under the spotlight and rightly so, as they are responsible for the most exciting part of a football match – goal. Everyday we see strikers making the headlines on the front of the newspapers. There are many great strikers present in the world at the moment and let us have a look at the some of the best strikers in the world right now.
Here are the 15 best strikers in the world right now based on performances over the past couple of seasons.
15. Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema has been playing for Real Madrid for almost ten years now. Over the years, his scoring rate has been phenomenal for the capital club.
In addition to his goalscoring, Benzema is indeed known for his willingness and ability to drop into deeper or wider positions, and either link-up play with midfielders as a number 10. So far, he was won two league titles, two copa del rays and four UCL titles among other trophies with Real Madrid.
14. Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain started his career with Argentine club River Plate, his performances for the club attracted the interest of Spanish giants and he secured a transfer to Real Madrid in January 2007 for €12 million. With Real Madrid he won 3 La Liga titles, and scored 107 goals in 190 league appearances.
He then joined Napoli for €40 million in the summer of 2013, where he won the Coppa Italia during his first season. In the 2015–16 season, he scored 36 league goals, winning the Capocannoniere title and equalling Gino Rossetti’s 87-year-old record for goals in an Italian top-flight season.
As a result of his goal scoring exploits in Naples, Italian champions Juventus signed him for €90 million in 2016, making him the then most expensive South American footballer of all time. He was then loaned to AC Milan and Chelsea, before returning to Juventus in 2019.
13. Edin Dzeko
The Bosnian diamond, Edin Dzeko has been playing for AS Roma for the past four seasons. His time at the club has been a success so far. Prior to joining Roma, he played for Manchester City, but he made a name for himself while playing for German club Wolfsburg, with whom he won the Bundesliga in the 2008–09 season.
He was named Bosnian Footballer of the Year for three years in a row. In 2017, Dzeko was one of the 30 players to get nominated for Ballon d’or. He is well-known for his aerial duels, long-range shots and for his good finishing ability. Dzeko is also very dangerous during indirect freekicks and can convert goals from such situations.
12. Ciro Immobile
Lazio’s striker, Immobile, is one of the best strikers in the world right now. He has the ability to score goals by head as well as by feet. Immobile is well-known for his attacking runs and creating space. He likes to press the opponents when not in possession.
Although primarily a striker, Immobile is capable of playing anywhere along the front-line. A quick forward, Immobile is primarily known for his offensive movement, as well as his ability to make attacking runs and exploit spaces.
11. Alexandre Lacazette
Lacazette is a proven goalscorer and has been in very good form for Arsenal lately. But in addition to his goals and assists, Lacazette has added more features to his game.
Lacazette is not just a striker who remains static in the area waiting for the ball to reach his feet. Lacazette has his main zone of influence outside the area despite being a striker. This means that he is a player who constantly goes out to look for the ball and ask for it. This allows Aubameyang and the outside midfielders to be released.
10. Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino has been one of the star performers for Liverpool over the past couple of seasons. Intelligent, dynamic and technically gifted, the selfless Brazilian invariably brings out the best in those around him.
He played a crucial role in Liverpool winning the UCL last season. He was also an important member of the Copa America winning Brazilian team in 2019.
9. Joao Felix
Atletico Madrid’s new signing, João Félix, is being as one of the hottest youth prospect in world football. He plays as an attacking midfielder or left-winger, his versatility allows him to influence games higher up the field. Felix’s creativity and passing separate him from the pack. His two strongest attributes go hand in hand.
It is rare to see a 19-year-old with such incredible vision. With an ability to pick a pass and scan an entire field in a matter of seconds is invaluable. Developing this sort of ability is usually seen in experienced veterans or innately talented youngsters with the Portuguese starlet falling in the latter category.