Strikers in modern football vary. There are clearly expressed center-forwards, and there is a breed of hybrid attacking players. Many teams play with two forwards, while the second one being a second striker. In this article, we will talk about players who excel in the offense.
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
If Paulo played consistently, he would have been unstoppable. He is an amazing talent and for the most part, Juventus’ current success relied on him. It’s a pity that he is not always stable. However, the tactic can also influence a particular player.
Marco Reus (Dortmund)
It’s great when Reus is healthy and playing his football, and it’s bad that in early February he got injured again, but it was a small one. Dortmund also has a number of young players – Sancho, Hazard and Haaland – and Favre has found a place for the experienced Reus as well. The Dortmund-leading attacking midfielder and the second striker had a seven-match series in which he either scored or gave away assists or did both in one night. Marco’s experience was not enough against PSG in the Champions League but Reus will be useful in the next season as well.
Erling Haaland (Dortmund)
We have mentioned Marco Reus and should not forget youngster Erling Haaland who has been simply phenomenal this season. In 2019, when he scored 8 goals in the Champions League group stage it was clear one of the best teams would sign him. And it happened – Dortmund were the fastest and signed Haaland.
In the Bundesliga, he also adapted to Dortmund’s playing style quickly and started scoring a lot of goals. We should not forget that he is still 20 and has a great career ahead of him.
Following his impressive performance in the current season Norwegian football greatly relies on the young striker. He is a very promising footballer and his country’s main hope alongside Sander Berge and Martin Odegaard. It might be hard to draw comparisons with other players, but he is slowly becoming a similar figure in Norway as it was Solskjaer in the past.
Much like Solskjaer, Haaland is also facing some attention he hasn’t necessarily asked for. Norway’s betting industry, which is always in search of new methods or even people to promote its products has laid its eyes on the young start more than a few times. Even the best rated Norwegian bookmakers were at some point involved in approaching Solskjaer with a generous offer to be the company’s official face. However, every time this had happened to a football player in the past, they immediately faced a backlash from the sports community. Should Haaland had agreed, he would have exchanged a lifetime of football success for maybe a year’s salary he was already making.
In the end, it’s safe to say that Haaland was left untainted, but his name kept on popping up on betting websites with no end in sight.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)
Some people think that Robert Lewandowski is the best player in the current season. The Pole has managed to score 34 goals in 31 matches in Bundesliga and as a total has amassed 43 goals in 51 appearances for the team. He is a tremendous player. Give him a chance and you are guaranteed that he will use it. Lewandowski is a lethal striker who is able to create a scoring chance from every part of the football pitch. In the Champions League, his team is the main favorite to win the title, and had not it been the cancellation of the Ballon d’Or Lewandowski perhaps could have clinched the most prestigious individual award in the world.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
We have heard a lot that Messi’s career is over and he is already written off. Yes, the Argentinian player is already 33 years old and not as effective as in the past, however, the numbers talk otherwise – in La Liga this season he amassed 25 goals and 21 assists! Messidependencia is at its highest level currently in Barcelona and die-hard Barcelona supporters avoid thinking about the fact what will happen after Messi retires.
Josip Ilicic (Atalanta)
We note that the beautiful Atalanta has not only Gomez but also Ilicici who, by virtue of Gasperini’s cunning scheme, formally acts as a center-forward. Ilicic is currently among the top strikers in the world. The Slovenian played fantastically in the Champions League against Valencia in Spain, and even though injury hampered him a little bit, he will be pivotal against PSG.
Lautaro Martinez (Inter)
A rising star of Argentine football. Who would have thought that the Scouts of Inter would find a guy in Racing that will grow in price so quickly? Barcelona are now ready to pay a lot for the striker, who see him as a replacement for Luis Suarez. Alongside Romelu Lukaku he created a formidable duo in Serie A.
You can call him a diver, a player who does not fully realize his potential and most of the time is injured but at his peak, Neymar is one of the best players in the world. His control of the ball is simply astonishing. At the same time, he is able to create a lot of chances as well as finish them effectively. With Mbappe, PSG has a menacing attack and if he remains healthy they have a chance to win the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Ronaldo is a universal player – he can play everywhere, in the middle of the attack, deeper and to the left. Cristiano at Juventus did not find a team where it is simple and easy for him – not the same counter-attacking nature that was at Real Madrid, but the class of the Portuguese is not discussed. Even in a season when there are questions for Sarri and Juventus, Ronaldo scored 31 goals in Serie A. Do not forget that he is 35 and although he is still playing surprisingly unsuccessfully in his favorite tournament, the Champions League, there are no problems. He is a superstar, a living legend.
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
The main attacking wonder of the world, who is extremely fast, talented and scores a lot of goals for the club. Mbappe is only 21 years old, but he is already one of the main players in the world. It is clear that the decisive step will be the choice of a new club – even if the officials tie him with a gold chain to the gates of PSG’s opponents, sooner or later Mbappe will leave. The main favorite to sign the French player is Real Madrid. With Zidane, he is truly capable of achieving spectacular results.
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