Soccer is a sport in which what matters most is the final result. Hence the offensive line is so relevant for most teams. The strikers are usually decisive when it comes to finishing the plays, which are useless if they do not end up with the ball at the bottom of the goal.
So after talking about the 10 best defenses and the boldest goalkeepers, it’s the turn of the list with the best strikers in history. In this case, as there is a very high number, we have gathered a total of 10
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#1. Leo Messi
Everyone, or almost everything, think today of one of two names when talking about strikers. The first is undoubtedly that of Messi, the nightmare of any team against which Barça plays a game. His agility and smell for the goal make him the undisputed leader of his club. The number of times he has won the Golden Ball makes the first one deserve to be on this list [source].
#2. Cristiano Ronaldo
If there is someone who can shade Messi today, that is the striker of his maximum rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Explosive power and a physique that seems to be chiseled for sports are its main assets. Winner of several Golden Boots, in recent years he has been the only player capable of winning the Golden Ball apart from Messi, fueling the rivalry and sharing the prominence.
After the two best active strikers, it is the turn that is still considered the best striker in football history. And it is that Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, is a synonym for football worldwide. 3 World Cups and several records, such as the one with the greatest number of goals in history, more goals in a single game or the youngest champion make it a legend.
The legendary Hungarian player, the winner of an Olympic medal and many national and international tournaments, finished his career as a Spanish player, something that was allowed before even if he had played in another team. Puskas was and will always be a legend at Real Madrid and was part of the best team of the 20th century.
Before Cristiano Ronaldo stood out as the best Portuguese player, there had been another great in that country. Eusebio undoubtedly marked the way forward for many, as Cristiano himself acknowledged in 2014 when he won the Golden Ball. The Mozambican striker can be equated, saving distances, with Pele. One in Brazil and the other in Portugal had similar beginnings and trajectory.
#6. Bobby Charlton
The best English striker of all time. One of the few survivors of the Munich catastrophe, which ended the lives of almost all Manchester United players, a tragedy that marked the history of football, scored triplets in four international matches, played 4 World Cups and won one, the only one that has the English team.
#7. Gerd Muller
Better known as “torpedo” Muller for the speed of his shots, he won two Gold Boots and a Golden Ball. He won the Eurocup and the World Cup with his national team, that of Germany, and until the arrival of Messi in 2012, he kept an r record of the highest number of goals scored in a calendar year, 85. It was 40 years before it was broken.
#8. Hugo Sanchez
Considered the best football player of the twentieth century in the CONCACAF area, which does not include South America, the gunman made history at Real Madrid, with 10 titles ( 5 leagues, 3 Super Cups and a Copa del Rey ). He has received the “golden foot” award as a football legend.
#9. Marco Van Basten
An injury forced him to retire from professional football, but not before making history with Milan de Sacchi and winning 2 European Cups, 2 European Super Cups and 2 Intercontinental Cups, among other titles. On an individual level, it has 3 Gold Balls.
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#10. George Best
Together with Bobby Charlton, he forged the legend of Manchester United, winning titles for his team and the recognition that his football makes him worthy of belonging to the group of best players of the twentieth century.
Top 10 are the names that make up this list. It is true that you will miss others, such as Ronaldo, Raul or Garrincha.