Having a true number nine on your football team gives you someone to rely on to produce on the attacking end.
These 5 best strikers in the world score ridiculous amounts of goals, and some even assist more than some attacking midfielders.
Who is the best? Lewandowski? Kane? Benzema? Keep reading to see what I think.
Honorable Mention: Dusan Vlahovic, Juventus
The Serbian has become a lethal force in the Serie A, after exploding for Fiorentina last season. Vlahovic scored 21 goals as a 21-year-old, capturing the attention of the biggest clubs in Europe. An $83 Million bid was enough for Juventus to land the future star, and he has continued to bang in goals.
Vlahovic scored 33 seconds into his Champions League debut this season, the fastest of all time, and is second in the Serie A in goals scored. He’s scored 20 goals this season, only one behind Ciro Immobile, who leads the league.
5: Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United
Ronaldo is nowhere near as good as he was five years ago, but he just cannot be placed outside of this top five. He is 37-years-old and isn’t always aesthetically pleasing on the pitch today, but you can always count on the Portuguese legend to pop up on the biggest stages.
We saw vintage CR7 unleashed last week against Tottenham and have been able to witness countless late winners of his. He has twelve goals and three assists in his first season back in the Premier League, leading Manchester United. He will be crucial in their fight for top four.
4: Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund
Haaland has struggled with injuries this season, but his production for Dortmund is still unbelievable. The 21-year-old has scored sixteen goals in sixteen games in the Bundesliga this season and 80 goals in 79 games for Dortmund in all competitions since signing from Salzburg.
Haaland is a natural goal scorer and arguably has the highest ceiling of any player in the world. Thanks to his unbelievable stature and desire on the pitch, the Norwegian is destined for greatness. Manchester City will likely move for Haaland in the summer, placing him under the brightest lights in football.
3: Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
Amidst all the temptations to join Guardiola’s giants, Kane has remained respectful towards Tottenham and is now settling in nicely with Antonio Conte.
He is continuing to smash through Premier League goalscoring records, including Wayne Rooney‘s all-time Premier League away goals record, and has moved up to fifth on the all-time Premier League goalscoring list. Kane has rebounded from a slow start to the campaign, now at twelve goals in the season.
The England captain has unbelievable passing range, shooting accuracy, football IQ, and dramatically improved his dribbling. We saw Kane in full form against Manchester City in a 3-2 triumph, and since then, he has continued to cement his status as a top-three striker in the world. Kane could be on the move if Spurs don’t finish in a top-four position this season.
2: Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo has left, Gareth Bale has fallen out of favor, finally allowing Benzema to be the main man. He has taken advantage of that opportunity in stride, with the main highlight of his season being his hat-trick against PSG to complete a dramatic comeback.
Benzema has an impressive 22 goals and 11 assists in LaLiga and is en route to having his best season ever. Since Ronaldo left Real Madrid, he has 142 goal contributions for Juventus and Manchester United, and Benzema has 162 goal contributions for Madrid. He needs to be respected as a top striker in the world and will continue to perform for Madrid and the French national team at an elite level.
1: Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
It’s an absolute travesty that Lewandowski has not won a Ballon d’Or yet. He arguably could have two by now and has none, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the greatest strikers of all time.
He continues to produce incredible goals for Bayern and has 29 this season in only 26 games. Lewandowski was critical to Bayern’s Champions League triumph in 2019-20, and they could make a run to win it again.
Lewandowski and Bayern have dominated the Bundesliga, and the Polish international has proven that he can perform against the best teams in the Champions League. He is the best striker in the world, and I would back him to score in a game over any other player in the world.
Bayern got knocked out last season when Lewandowski was injured, so teams should fear for the German giants.