The ultimate aim of football is to score goals and the players that play closest to the opposition’s goal are the strikers. They are almost always in the limelight due to their tendency of becoming a hero for their team.
However, strikers are not always exclusively about goals since their ability to make a system work should also come into consideration. With that in mind, here are the top five strikers in the world right now…
5. Roberto Firmino
He might not have the numbers that the rest of the players on this list have but he is much more than just goals. From eight matches so far this season in the league, Roberto Firmino has three goals and assists each, but that’s not all.
The Brazilian’s main job at Liverpool is to bring the best out of both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – something that he does beautifully since the duo are the stars of the team and provide the main goalscoring threat, despite playing from the wings.
Firmino is the one player that makes Jurgen Klopp's attacking system click, and his work-rate in helping counter-press the opponents adds to their threat going forward.
4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
If it weren’t for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal might have been in the bottom half of the Premier League table right now. The Gabon star is the focal point in attack and converts half-chances to score wonderful goals for his team.
So far for the Gunners, he has scored seven times from eight matches in the league, which adds to him coming off the back of a season in which he scored 22 goals from 36 matches.
Aubameyang's ability to score frequently and change games makes him the north London side's most dangerous player in their quest to finish in the top four.
3. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero has been dominating these type of lists for a decade now. The Argentine is among the most consistent strikers in the world and seems to be getting better with age.
He has scored eight goals from eight matches in the league so far this season and also has two assists to his name. Not only is Aguero lethal inside the box but can also bring his teammates into play with his passing.
Pep Guardiola relies heavily on his goals and Manchester City's success depends on him being one of the top scorers in the league year after year.
2. Karim Benzema
The Frenchman might just be the most underrated forwards of this generation. For years, he was in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, but now that the Portuguese is not at Real Madrid, Karim Benzema is actually outscoring the former Sporting star right now.
The former Lyon man has scored six times in La Liga and also has an assist from seven matches. He was Los Blancos’ best player last season and so far this season, the same could be said to be true.
Benzema is perhaps one of the best playmaking forwards in the world as he can not only score but can also be instrumental in the build-up to goals in the final third.
1. Robert Lewandowski
Without a doubt, the Pole is currently the greatest striker in the world. He is another player who has dominated the world of football for the better part of the decade.
He has started this season brilliantly as well for Bayern Munich, having scored 11 goals from just seven matches in the Bundesliga. Giving him the ball in the box means that the opposition goalkeeper is almost set to pick it out of the net a few moments later.
Ranking the top five strikers in the world right now