Five of the best: Strikers in Europe

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GMS academy member Harvey Leonard counts down his top five strikers in Europe right now.

It was incredibly hard to narrow this list down to five, and you can find some of the forwards that were unfortunate to miss out at the end of the list.

5. Robert Lewandowski - Borussia Dortmund

The Poland international joined Dortmund in 2010 for an astonishingly cheap €4.5million. It's funny to think that Championship side, Blackburn, were all set to sign Lewandowski for under £5million, but the deal fell through, and after seeing Lewandowski net 24 times in his 31 league appearances and 38 times in all competitions, they will be ruing their missed signing.

As well as producing goals, the Dortmund man assisted 16 goals. It is also reported that he rejected moves to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to stay at Dortmund but it's believed a deal is in place for him to move to Dortmund rivals, Bayern Munich.

4. Luis Suarez - Liverpool

Luis Suarez is one of the most talked about and controversial strikers in the world. It all started at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Ghana had reached the quarterfinals and everyone had their support, and the whole of Africa was buzzing for the game.

Sulley Muntari gave Ghana the lead with a stunning long range strike but this was cancelled out by Diego Forlan's moving free-kick. The game was even and deep into extra-time it looked like Ghana had headed in the winner, but Suarez became public enemy No.1 when he pushed it off the line with his hand.

Gyan then missed the penalty, and Uruguay went on to win from the penalty shootout. This was followed by racially abusing United captain, Patrice Evra, punching a player in Uruguay's International game against Chile, a lot of diving and most recently biting Chelsea' Branislav Ivanovic.

Despite this he is one of the most talented forwards. He has recently been linked with Arsenal and had two bids for him rejected from the Gunners. It now looks like his only other destination could be Real Madrid.

3. Radamel Falcao - AS Monaco

Falcao completed a shock €60million deal to join recently promoted AS Monaco this summer. He joined Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Ricardo Carvalho, who all completed moves to the Ligue 1 club.

Falcao scored 34 times for Atletico Madrid last season, 28 of which were in the league. In his 56 games last season, he only created three goals.

Falcao moved to Monaco despite interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid, leading some to believe he was only influenced by the money.

2. Robin Van Persie - Manchester United

As angry as I am at Van Persie for leaving Arsenal, you can't really blame him. He wanted trophies, which is the reason they play and we watch, and in his first season, he won the league. He also finished as the Premier League top-scorer with 26 goals.

He created a bundle of goals for his Manchester teammates as well and is already emerging as a contender for his third Golden Boot in a row, after scoring two goals in the first game of the season against Swansea.

1. Lionel Messi - Barcelona

Known as the best player in the world, Messi has scored 217 goals in 247 games in his senior career at Barcelona, 64 of those coming last season in Barcelona's successful La Liga campaign.

Those 64 came in just 54 games. At the age of just 26, Messi has already won countless individual trophies/medals, including the Ballon D'Or three times in a row since 2010.

Despite his success at club level, the Argentine is yet to thrive at international level, scoring 35 goals in 82 apps, and no silverware. That could all change of course in 2014 at the World Cup, but with the might of Spain and Germany, it seems unlikely.

Other Striker Considered for inclusion

Edinson Cavani (PSG), Zlatan Ibrahimovic(PSG), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

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