The role of a striker in football is to score goals and create goalscoring opportunities. Strikers are positioned nearest to the opposing team’s goal. Strikers or centre-forwards usually take the most shots on goal and find themselves in goalscoring positions. Despite the interruptions that have bedeviled the football calendar for the past year, the beautiful game has continued to thrive regardless. Across the various leagues in the world, the competition among strikers has continued to be fierce.
The top strikers have continued to showcase their exceptional skills in front of goal. Here’s our list of the best strikers in the world for 2021.
Top 5 Best Strikers In The World 2021
Our list of the best strikers in the world is in no particular order, and it’s based on the goalscoring performance of players who have mainly played as a centre-forward this season.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Like fine wine, the Portuguese living legend seems to be getting even better with age. Despite the COVID-19 induced interruptions and lockdowns, the Juventus FC striker was in phenomenal form for the Old Lady over the last year. Cristiano netted 31 goals in 33 league appearances to finish as Serie A’s highest goal scorer. In Europe, Ronaldo was also a reliable source of goals in Juventus’ short-lived Champions League campaign, scoring 4 goals in 8 appearances. Cristiano has so far scored 23 goals in all competitions this season.
2. Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan talisman has been in fine form over the last year. Despite scoring 21 goals in all competitions for FC Barcelona last season, a dip in form and controversy over his departure seems to have overshadowed his last season with the Catalans. The 34-year-old’s move to Athletico Madrid seems to have reinvigorated the striker. Suarez has so far hit 16 goals in 17 matches for La Roja, and with all still to play for the former Liverpool marksman will be extra hungry for success.
3. Robert Lewandoski
The Polish national team captain has had arguably his best season in his career this past year. He helped his club Bayern Munich FC claim another historical treble winning the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, and 2019/20 UEFA Champions League title, scoring an incredible 55 goals in 47 appearances. This earned him the FIFA best player of the year award for 2020 and would most probably have won the Ballon D’or award if it wasn’t canceled last year. Lewandoski seems to be continuing where he left off last year as he has already bagged 31 goals this season and looks set to repeat his record-breaking performance of last term.
4. Kylian Mbappe
The young French World Cup winner had another productive season this past year. Mbappe scored 30 goals across all competitions last season as he helped Paris Saint Germain FC win a domestic treble. Unfortunately, his efforts fell short in Europe as PSG had to settle for a runners-up medal in the UEFA Champions League final. The 22-year-old has already started well this season, scoring 21 goals in all competitions. He scored a spectacular hat-trick against Barcelona in the round of 16 ties of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.
5. Erling Haaland
The young Norwegian hitman has continued to build up his growing reputation as one of the world’s hottest young strikers. Haaland capped a fantastic debut season in Germany, scoring 16 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions. The 20-year-old looks set to surpass last season’s effort by a huge margin as he has already scored 28 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions.
6. Lionel Messi
The Argentine genius continued to be at his imperial best despite not winning silverware this past year. Despite off-field distractions regarding Messi’s potential departure from FC Barcelona, the Argentinian great continued to rack up the goals and assists. The 33-year-old scored 31 goals across all competitions last year and has so far scored 23 goals this season. He has played as striker this season a lot, with Koeman often using him as the most advanced player. Wherever Messi ends up this year is still up for debate but there is no doubt that he will continue to be a dominant force in attack.
- Andre Silva
- Harry Kane
- Romelu Lukaku
- Ciro Immobile
- Paul Onuachu
- Youssef En-Nesyri