With the club football seasons in Europe being over, and international tournaments such as the Copa America and European Champions in progress, the best players in the world are fully on display. With clubs hunting for goal scorers in the transfer market, it begs the question, who is the best out and out striker in the world? Here is my top 5 list below.
5. Gonzalo Higuaín
Likely to be the most unknown name on this list Higuaín does not have the highly decorated trophy cabinet of the likes of Ibrahimović or Aguero. What he does have however, is an amazing goal record for his club this season. The Argentine almost doubled any other goal scorer in Serie A last season, scoring 36 goals with Paulo Dybala his nearest contender scoring 19 times. In a side which was a long way off winning the title, this is an impressive accomplishment and has led to many clubs taking notice and attempting to sign him. Clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid are all rumoured to be in the hunt for his signature, but it will take a massive money deal to take Higuaín away from the Stadio San Paolo. He has certainly made a big name for himself, and as a result, deserves a place on this list.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimović
One of the biggest names in football by far, Zlatan is rarely far from the headlines. The striker has played for some of the best clubs in the world in the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, Inter and AC Milan as well as his current team PSG. Apart from his first club of Malmo, he has won league titles in all of these clubs and has scored goals in great abundance. Despite being the oldest player on this list at 34, he is still a highly sort after commodity with Manchester United looking to secure the Swede to finally bring him to the Premier League. His goal record is unbelievable for PSG, averaging almost a goal a game and last season he scored 38 goals from just 31 matches. The Ligue 1 is not the most competitive league in Europe which is why Zlatan is not higher on this list, but his achievements are still incredible and he is certainly one of the worlds best strikers.
3. Robert Lewandoski
Lewandoski is the classic no.9, the striker scores all sorts of goals from all over the pitch. Formally at Borussia Dortmund, Lewandoski has continued to thrive at Bayern having a superb season and helping his side win their fourth league title in a row. The highlight of his season was certainly in a game against Wolfsburg where unusually, the forward started on the bench. He was subbed on with Bayern 1-0 down at half-time and scored an unprecedented 5 goals in just 9 minutes to solely inspire the victory. The Polish striker has failed to spark at the European Championships, but make no mistake about it he is their ultimate talisman, captain and is indispensable to his national team. Leading the front line of one of the biggest clubs in the world, it is no surprise he makes it to 3rd on this list.
2. Sergio Aguero
No one has ever doubted the small Argentine and his ability to score goals. He is an out-and-out finisher and has the talent to turn a game around in the blink of an eye. Despite a season effected by injury Aguero still managed to score 24 goals in 30 games and was crucial to Manchester City who overall struggled this season. In the Premier League he came joint second with Jaime Vardy, just one goal behind Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The difference is that while Vardy and Kane scored a goal once every 130+ minutes, Aguero took just 99 minutes. He is quick, clinical and with World Class quality and fully deserves all the plaudits he receives.
1. Luis Suarez
There is no surprise the Barcelona striker no.1 on this list of the current top strikers in the world. He was a great player at Liverpool but has been truly world-class since moving to the Nou Camp. Being the lead man of the Catalan club has suited him brilliantly and the partnership between himself Neymar and Messi has been lethal. In La Liga alone, the trio scored 90 goals, Suarez with 40 of them but what sets him apart from many on this list is his assist statistics. Suarez has had 19 assists, more than any of this top 5, and this shows not only how well he links to his fellow forwards, but also how good an all-rounder he is.
So what do you think of this list. Is there anyone you think has missed out unfairly and if so who would you replace? Let me know in the comments below!