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Top 20: Greediest forwards in Europe (1)

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Strikers have their statistics pulled apart and analysed more than any other players at the highest level of European football, with allowances made as long as scoring remains frequent in the unrelenting quest for domestic and Champions League glory.

Forwards have to offer far more than simply waiting for opportunities to convert from close range though, which means being greedy in the final third shouldn't be an option afforded to glamour players as we head into the business end of the campaign on all fronts.

With the help of football stats haven Squakwa though we can reveal that some habits die hard for star strikers, just ask Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling.

The wing wizard made a gut-busting run to keep up with talisman Luis Suarez and present him the chance to pass across goal for a simple tap-in at Cardiff City last month, only for the Premier League's top scorer to slam home himself.

Suarez is paid the big money to finish those kind of chances though, which likely accounts for why he is just one of the poachers to feature in Europe's top 20 most selfish strikers so far this season.

Our list has been calculated by looking at how many shots each forward has aimed at goal across Europe's top five leagues during the first seven months of the season, with some surprising results.

Click ahead to see if your favourite front man has some work to do on his ability to pick a pass when it matters, or comment if you feel the forward in question deserves credit for handling the pressure of taking on big strikes at goal when it matters most.

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Manchester United
La Liga
Mario Balotelli
Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
Real Madrid
Premier League
Luis Suarez
Carlos Tevez

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