Goals are the utmost aim of the beautiful game and the Champions league is a habitat to some spectacular goals.
However,the evolution of football means some teams don’t use their central striker as their primary source of goals anymore, but the No.9 remains a key position in world football.
Those able to thrive in this position,make a huge difference to their individual teams.
With the return of the UEFA Champions’ League today,Winsecure247 takes a look at the top five center-forwards in Europe’s elite tournament.
NB: Wide forwards like Lionel Messi(112 UCL goals), Sadio Mane, Eden Hazard, Mohammed Salah, Kylian Mbappe and of course ,Cristiano Ronaldo(127 UCL goals) are not included despite their goal scoring records.
5. Player : Sergio Aguero
Club : Manchester city
Games and Goals :68games, 37goals
Sergio Aguero is one of the greatest striker in the champions league history but there is though one major elephant in his room.
He is yet to win the competition.
Blessed with pace, strength and admirable finishing technique the city star stands out as one of the finest No 9. In his generation and will undoubtedly be aiming to fire Manchester city to the Champions league glory this season.
4. Player : Luis Suarez
Club ” Barcelona
Games and Goals : 51games, 21goals
A Viper who can strike from no where with some of the most vicious shot you will ever see.
Although,the Uruguayan has often been vindicated about his abysmal goal scoring record in away matches in Europe, However he still ticks all boxes as a proper center-forward with his impressive vision eye for a pass and perfect hold up play.
A true Legend!
3. Player : Karim Benzema
Club : Real Madrid
Games and Goals : 113 games, 60 goals – Four titles (2014,2016, 2017, 2018)
If this was about charisma, handsomeness and all-around magnificence then Karim Benzema would be No.1 But as it is more about quality, he has to be taken down a few spots.
The Real Madrid man is now a shadow of the player he was two or three seasons ago when he played with Cristiano Ronaldo in Zidane’s narrow 4-4-2 Formation which yielded three consecutive Champions league trophies.
However he remains one of the most Iconic center-forwards to grace Europe elite competition.
2. Player : Robert Lewandoski
Club : Bayern Munich
Games and Goals : 81 games, 54 goals
Robert Lewandoski ticks all the boxes for the No 1 spot but taking trophies into consideration, he has to settle for a Runner up position.
Calm In front of goal and a eye for a wondrous combination of movement and athleticism, Lewandoski needs to be appreciated more.
He has also started the season in good form prior to Head Coach Niko Kovac Dismissal.
1. Player : Roberto Firmino
Club : Liverpool FC
Games and Goals : 26 games, 14 goals – One title (2019)
Firmino is simply the glue that joins Liverpool’s fearsome attack together.
A peerless presser who gives opponents no time to settle whilst with the ball at his feet flicking and slipping the ball through defensive gaps to let his team-mates score in abundance.
Firmino provides much more than just goals, however, as his pressing, passing and intelligent movement make him a superb foil for Liverpool’s magnificent wide men.
He is indeed the modern day center-forward
SOURCE : https://www.dockaysworld.com.ng/ranking-the-top-five-centre-fowards-in-the-champions-league-this-season/