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Top 5: Target Men In World Football

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Gone are those days when a Peter Crouch kind of striker would be hailed as king.

In this day and age, pace, trickery, technique, strength and a low centre of gravity are some of the key attributes that seemingly every striker needs to have in his kitty to be successful.

With attackers in the build of Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero the current trend, we take a look at the top five target men in world football.

Players are ranked based on skill, technique, pace, strength, finishing and aerial ability with “5” being the maximum achievable point for any given attribute.

5. Luca Toni (Hellas Verona)

Skill: 1
Technique: 2
Pace: 1
Strength: 4
Finishing: 4
Aerial ability: 5

Highly regarded for his goal scoring ability, Luca Toni’s strength and power complements his aerial ability. Toni’s ability to win aerial duels both offensive and defensive has seen him become one of the best headers of the ball ever. At 36 years old, the nomadic striker doesn’t have the legs to win a foot race but at 6 foot 4 inches tall, he possesses the physical presence to trouble defences. His exploits in the Italian Serie A this season has propelled newly promoted Hellas Verona to a comfortable mid table position even ahead of AC Milan.

4. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Skill: 2
Technique: 3
Pace: 2
Strength: 3
Finishing: 4
Aerial ability: 5

The former Montpellier man has being in good form this season, showing exactly why he was the top marksman in the French Ligue 1 in his final season in France. At 6 foot 4 inches, Giroud is a big man with a reasonable degree of physical presence. With good technique on the ball – apparent in his ability to execute audacious flicks – the Frenchman is most deadly with the ball in the air. Although his left foot may not be as fierce as his predecessor, Van Persie, it is still one of the sweetest around.

3. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur)

Skill: 3
Technique: 3
Pace: 4
Strength: 4
Finishing: 4
Aerial ability: 5

Rejuvenated under the stewardship of Tim Sherwood, Adebayor’s performances are beginning to make everyone question Andre Villas Boas ability to manage a top team in a top league. The Togolese international has proven to be a seasoned premier league goalscorer, netting over 80 times for Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham. With great strength, great aerial ability and a fair amount of pace, on his day, the former Real Madrid loanee can be a thorn to defences.

2. Didier Drogba (Galatasaray)

Skill: 3
Technique: 4
Pace: 3
Strength: 5
Finishing: 4
Aerial ability: 5

The man Chelsea supporters call The Drog was undoubtedly the best target man in world football during his 8 year spell with the blues. Drogba was simply majestic at times; bulldozing through defences with sheer physicality, holding the ball up and linking with his midfield and scoring goals – vital goals at that.

About his goals, they come in every form; from magnificient volleys to beautifully glanced headers and of course, the sublime freekicks. To put it simply, Arsenal can describe Drogba best.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)

Skill: 4
Technique: 5
Pace: 3
Strength: 5
Finishing: 4
Aerial ability: 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is good in the air, strong and agile; he plays with his back to goal and boasts some of the best finishing, vision, passing and ball control around.

That is as good a description of a target man that you would find anywhere. Standing at exactly 6 foot and 5 inches tall, the big Swede possesses an imposing frame and for a man of his size, his footwork is second to none.

Renowned for scoring exquisite goals, his spectacular overhead kickfrom about 35 yards against England was described by BBC as a goal that combined unfathomable imagination and expert technique. With his inclusion in FIFPro World XI for 2013, Ibahimovic became the first target man since Drogba in 2007 to be named in the team and frankly, he can make any team.

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