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Top five: Strikers over the past 15 years

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Raul makes the top five - who else is in? (©GettyImages)
Raul makes the top five - who else is in? (©GettyImages).

Goals, goals and more goals. If you not leading the scoring charts, you're definitely not going to be a crowd favourite.

Strikers - known mainly for scoring goals although we tend to forget scoring isn't the sole purpose of a striker. Strikers can also be used to create space or act as decoy so a successful forntman is not only one who's banging in the goals.

Forwards are more of the fun characters, the Coco Pops of football. Today we take a look at the best strikers who've embraced us over the past 15 years. Its a very tough topic as we've been blessed with many great strikers but solely on my own opinion, here's my top five. If you disagree, put forward your suggestions in the comments box provided.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovich

The Swedish superstar had a very inconsistent start to his career but over time has proved himself.

Always in the headlines for the wrong reasons at first, but over time he has stopped his shenanigans and is the danger man for both club and country.

After a magical night against England, scoring four goals, the last of which was one of the best goals I've ever seen, he sure deserves 5th spot.

4. Raúl

Raúl is the most capped player in Real Madrid's history, boasting an astounding 741 appearances for the Catalans and is the club's leading goalscorer with 323 goals for Spanish giants.

Probably one of the purest strikers you'll find and his statistics alone show what a prolific striker he is. Deserved holder of the number four spot.

3. Ruud van Nistelrooy

This choice might come under fire but for me, Van Nistelrooy's record speaks for itself.

He was the top goalscorer in three different European leagues and is the top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League with a whopping total of 56 goals.

The Dutch goal machine's best years came at Manchester United where he scored 150 goals in just 219 games, deservedly claiming him the 3rd spot.

2. Thierry Henry

The Frenchman is known for his classy finishing, silky touches and speed - some may question if he was a striker or a wide-man but he does qualify as a striker and undoubtedly deserves the 2nd spot.

Henry is Arsenal's record goalscorer with a remarkable 228 goals in all competitions.

The silky goalscoring machine is pure bliss to watch, he was the top goalscorer in the English Premier League for a record four times too.

1. Ronaldo

Also known as the 'the phenomenon'. Deemed the most complete striker, Ronaldo has scored 62 goals in 98 international appearances for Brazil.

Ronaldo has won two Ballon d'Or awards and three FIFA Player of the Year awards. He is the only player to win both Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards in separate FIFA World Cup's.

Nobody can question this one - personally I believe Ronaldo is far ahead of the rest. The flamboyant Brazilian striker deservedly swoops the number one spot.

 

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