Strikers are always under the spotlight and rightly so, as they are responsible for the most exciting part of a football match – goal. Every day 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 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. Lautaro Martinez
When clubs like Barcelona and Manchester City are sniffing around a player’s coattails aged just 22, you know that player is probably a bit special.
And that’s exactly what Martinez is – an exciting talent all set to blossom into one of the best strikers in the world. A lethal and powerful finisher with both feet, the Argentine is also tremendous in the air, where his exploits have helped revive Inter’s slowing Serie A pulse.
Great things are expected of a player wanted by some of the games very best – and richest – clubs. He is definitely, one of the best strikers in the world right now.
14. 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.
13. Edison Cavani
Cavani is a quick, strong, opportunistic and prolific forward with good technique. He is known for his ability to score impressive goals, both in the air and with his feet, and for his tireless work-rate. He is also an accurate set-piece taker.
Cavani has been playing in Ligue 1 since 2013 and has been influential for PSG since that time. Although he primarily plays as a center-forward, he is capable of playing in several offensive positions and has also been deployed as a supporting striker or as a winger. He is generally regarded as one of the best strikers in the world right now.
12. Roberto Firmino
Selfless, tireless, and still as clinical as anyone. The Brazilian has been crucial to Liverpool’s astonishing title winning campaign.
The 28-year-old has been critical to the link-up between fellow forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, with the trio recently boasting 250 goals between them. Firmino’s 77 often go overlooked. His boundless ability is evident at both ends of the pitch, with the striker epitomising everything his boss Jurgen Klopp looks for when building a successful squad.
11. Mauro Icardi
Few players in the world of football have captured the media’s attention like Mauro Icardi has. Though, unfortunately for him, it’s his wife – and agent – Wanda Nara who steals the limelight most of the time.
Controversy was never far away during the Argentinian’s six years at San Siro, but there’s no doubt he was worth the aggro, as demonstrated by his record of 124 goals in 219 appearances.
The 26-year-old has continued in a similar vein since joining PSG on loan last summer. There’s room for improvement in his work outside the box, but very few strikers come alive inside it quite like Icardi.
10. Jamie Vardy
The rise of Jamie Vardy – from non-league football to Premier League winner and golden boot contender – really is one of football’s feel-good stories.
Furthermore, the fact that Vardy has achieved so much at Leicester, who are a good side but can hardly compare with big clubs financially, is testament to just how hard he has worked over the years.
Pace, a never-say-die attitude and a willingness to give 100% each and every time he steps on to the pitch are some of his best qualities; as his crisp finishing ability.
9. Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is well-known for his scoring abilities as well as for his controversies. Talking about his scoring abilities, he has been one of the best strikers in recent years. He may be entering the latter stages of his career, but Barcelona’s lead marksman still has one of the sharpest tool kits in the trade. At his peak, Suarez was among the very best in the world and perhaps was even the best striker for a time.
Before Barcelona, he was plying his trade in Premier League with Liverpool. In 2014, he was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year as well as winning the Premier League Golden Boot, and sharing the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo.