When you talk about the best striker in the world, only one name stands out from the rest, Lionel Messi. Some may argue that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best striker in the world but it is our contention that the Portuguese is not a striker but a winger.
Coming back to our topic, who is the best striker in the world? Besides Lionel Messi there are a few other striker who we think come close to the Argentine ace. Take note that the following list is in no particular order or rank.
Robin van Persie is definitely one of the best striker in the world at the moment. The 29 year old Dutch international striker had an outstanding 2011/2012 season with Arsenal scoring a total of 37 goals in 48 appearance in all competition.
Radamel Falcao has also burst into the scene to claim his right to be one of the best striker in the world. The 26 year old Colombian international striker scored a total of 36 goals in 50 appearance for the Spanish club in the 2011/2012 season.
The name of Wayne Rooney will definitely be mentioned when there are talks of who is the best striker in the world.
The Manchester United and England international striker has been a consistent performer for club and country throughout his career and the former Everton star scored a total of 35 goals in 44 appearance for Manchester United last season.
The list of the best striker in the world will not be complete without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish international striker only recently moved to France with PSG but is known world wide for his pace and skill and deadly finishing. Zlatan previously played for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan. Ibrahimovic has a total of 234 career goals in 490 appearance in all competition.
There will be no doubt in all football fans’ mind that Samuel Eto’o is definitely one of the best strikers in the world. The Cameroon interntional striker established himself as one of the most deadliest strikers in the world durong his time with Barcelona and Inter Milan. At the age of 31, Eto’o is currently plying his trade in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala.
The list of who is the best striker in the world will not be complete without the inclusion of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. The Argentine international striker had a stellar debut season with Manchester City in which he scored the winning goal in the final match of the season to hand Man City the Premier League title. The son-in-law of Diego Maradona scored a total of 30 goals in 48 appearance in all competition for Man City last season.
Barcelona striker David Villa is definitely one of the best striker in the world. Unfortunately for him, he missed out on most of last season and the Euro 2012 through a broken leg suffered during the Club World Cup match in Yokohama against Al Sadd. However, when fully fit, David Villa is one of the most feared strikers in the world.
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the best strikers in the world. The 25 year old Uruguay international striker has been prolific for Napoli and his exploits in front of goal has attracted interest from various European giants including Manchester United and Real Madrid. For the 2011/2012 season, Cavani scored a total of 33 goals in 47 appearance.
And that rounds up our list of strikers whom we think are the best in the world. What do you think? Is there any other striker out there who you think deserve to be in this list? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below. Cheers!