Every player in world soccer will play for team with their very own role. Every player contributes to the team but the spotlight usually goes to the goal machine. Here are the best strikers in the world soccer that became goal machine for their teams.
Robert Lewandowski became serial scorer when playing for Borussia Dortmund. With his skill, Dortmund could grab Bundesliga titles in 2011 as well as 2012. He was transferred to Bayern Munich in 2014 and helped the club to dominate the league in the recent seasons. He is striker with pace and he is also hard worker. Before he moved to Bayern Munich, Dortmund had to part with another big asset, Mario Goetze who also moved to Bayern Munich a year earlier.
Many people had big question about Rooney’s abilities for scoring the goal and the answer could be found during 2009-2010 season. With more goals added to his game, Rooney was considered as all round player in the world soccer. He has combination of awareness, passing at long range, hold up play, and dribbling skill. He surely became valuable player not only for the club but also for the country. His contract with Manchester United was renewed for long term in February 2014. One thing, his great career years can be seen out at Manchester United.
A tug war between Brazil and Spain was triggered during 2012-2013 season for getting the service from Diego Costa. Costa played for Spain as striker who became nightmare for international defense never played for Brazil that became his homeland although he got loan moves for several times. He made the fans of Atletico Madrid forget about Radamel Falcao before finally moved to Monaco in 2013. He played for Chelsea since summer of 2014. During his first season, he successfully awarded as top scorer in the club.
Karim Benzema has his best soccer career when he played for Real Madrid during 2014-2015 seasons. It is true that Real Team still makes Cristiano Ronaldo as dominant striker but Benzema are able to score 21 goals during La Liga as well as Champions League before he has to deal with the injury until the end of the season. Benzema is the striker with best all round skill and also pace to burn.
Napoli bought Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid in 2013 and he became guarantee of goals for the team. He did get much chance at the club and national level although he must be compared to Argentina front line with mesmerizing appearance such as Angel Di Maria, Aguero, and of course Messi. He could show great performance although he could also show the wasteful one like when he was playing for Argentina against Germany during 2014 World Cup. No matter what, he still has great value especially since he scored 49 goals for Napoli during his early two seasons.
Neymar surely is the biggest star from Brazil. He came to Barcelona after leaving Santos in 2013. For the debut season, he created 14 goals for Barcelona. During 2014 World Cup, Neymar surely became revelation for Brazil’s national team. He was ruled out of the World Cup in the stage of quarter final after playing high challenge from Juan Zuniga from Colombia. He was gifted with pace, finish, and technique. Many people compared his playing style to Pele but it seems like he claimed that he has similar style with Garrincha.
People always think of Zlatan Ibrahimovich as controversial players. In fact, he does much talking on and off the field. He had disappointing season when playing for Barcelona under Pep Guardiola but it seems like he had great success no matter where he went. He won the title in France, Spain, Italy, and Holland. He does not have impressive performance in Champions League yet but in the last year of his professional soccer career, Ibrahimovich still shown his best performance in the final third.
Compared to other strikers, Sergio Aguero gives away a lot in weight and height. However, he has other qualities including the predatory finishing like Romario. People in Argentina even called him as the new Maradona because of his impressive performance. He scored goals when playing for Argentina against Spain and England. He got El Kun as nickname and it was taken from the character in Japanese anime that has similar hair and same name. He played for Atletico Madrid before he moved to Manchester City in 2011 summer. He created winning goal when playing against Queens Park Ranger and win the title in 2012.
Luis Suarez was considered as controversial front man of Barcelona but people must admit that he is striker with most technically gifted in the world soccer. He does not only have excellent first touch but also great technique all round. Barcelona had to persuade Liverpool with $130 million to let go Suarez in 2014. After the biting scandal, he was banned for playing a while. After Christmas, he played greatly and help Barcelona to win the treble of Copa del Rey, Liga, and of course Champions League with his goal when playing against Juventus in the final.
It seems like Lionel Messi name will always appear when people are talking about the best player ever in the world. His achievement in the world soccer is impressive because he achieved the world player of the year award four times. Messi also became the record goal scorer in Barcelona. He played in the front three of Barcelona team although he is not type of out and out striker. A new world record was made in 2011-2012 seasons by making 73 goals in one season. He played greatly along with his team mates in Barcelona. More importantly, he is a hard worker as well. However, he was criticized often by the media and fans because of his indifference for Argentina. He played greatly for Argentina during 2014 World Cup but he could not send his national team to victory.