In Football Manager 2023, a good finisher up front is more than just a luxury. Good strikers are a currency in FM and having a reliable striker or two (or three, or four) in your ranks is a surefire way to shoot up the table.
Because as much as your team needs leaders, speedsters or set-piece experts, goals win games. Whether you play with attribute masking or not, we've found every player in the game with a 17/20 or higher in their in-game attributes at the start of the game. Of course, some players improve in time – see our wonderkid list – but this is what you need from the start.
There are a number of big-name stars among the top finishers of the game, too. It'll come as little surprise to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland – who apparently caused bugs on the game before it was even out – but there isn't a player on the game with a 20 score for shooting.
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Of the players on the list, most of the best finishers in FM23 are in their 30s: you could say that this is a trait that comes with age. Of those that we at FFT recommend you sign from this list Pedro Goncalves is a useful Bruno Fernandes-type midfielder, Kelechi Iheanacho still has a lot of developing to do as a forward, while Talisca can be brought in from the Saudi Arabian league as a useful squad player for your squad.
It's worth noting with these stars, too, that a "Not for sale" sign might not mean that a player is unsignable. Some clubs still have a fee that would consider for a player that they have labelled as almost unsellable.
Looking who else to sign? We've got a full list of the best players in the game for whatever you're looking for.
The best 33 finishers in Football Manager 2023
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||AC Milan||Sweden||40||ST (C)||£2.5m-£4.8m||19|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United||Portugal||37||ST (C)||£15-23m||19|
|Robert Lewandowski||Barcelona||Poland||33||ST (C)||Not for sale||19|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||England||28||ST (C)||Not for sale||19|
|Romelu Lukaku||Inter Milan||Belgium||29||ST (C)||£92m-£132m||18|
|Duvan Zapata||Atalanta||Colombia||31||ST (C)||Not for sale||18|
|Luis Suarez||Nacional||Uruguay||35||ST (C)||£55k-£550k||18|
|Ciro Immobile||Lazio||Italy||32||ST (C)||Not for sale||18|
|Son Heung-min||Tottenham Hotspur||South Korea||29||M/AM (L), ST (C)||Not for sale||18|
|Erling Haaland||Manchester City||Norway||21||ST (C)||Not for sale||18|
|Mauro Icardi||Galatasaray||Argentina||29||ST (C)||£24m-£35m||18|
|Dusan Vlahovic||Juventus||Serbia||22||ST (C)||£75m-£92m||17|
|Gianluca Scamacca||West Ham United||Italy||23||ST (C)||£37m-£45m||17|
|Gerard Moreno||Villarreal||Spain||30||ST (C)||£37m-£44m||17|
|Gonzalo Higuain||Inter Miami||Argentina||34||ST (C)||£95k-£950k||17|
|Ignacio Scocco||Hughes FBC||Argentina||37||AM (RC), ST (C)||Not for sale||17|
|Deniz Undav||Brighton & Hove Albion||Germanyy||25||AM (RL, ST (C)||£4.3m-£5.2m||17|
|Mohamed Salah||Liverpool||Egypt||30||AM (RL), ST (C)||Not for sale||17|
|Kylian Mbappe||PSG||France||23||AM (RL, ST (C)||Not for sale||17|
|Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||England||35||ST (C)||Not for sale||17|
|Rodrygo||Real Madrid||Brazil||21||AM (RL), ST (C)||£48m-£56m||17|
|Aleksandar Mitrovic||Fulham||Serbia||27||ST (C)||£23m-£33m||17|
|Lionel Messi||PSG||Argentina||35||AM (RL), ST (C)||£28m-£41m||17|
|Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||France||34||ST (C)||£97m-£114m||17|
|Nils Petersen||Freiburg||Germanyy||33||ST (C)||£120k-£4.4m||17|
|Omar Al-Soma||Al-Arabi||Syria||33||ST (C)||£800k-£3.5m||17|
|Talisca||Al-Nassr (KSA)||Brazil||28||AM (C)||£12m-£14m||17|
|Dries Mertens||Galatasaray||Belgium||35||AM (LC), ST (C)||£900k-£1.9m||17|
|Pedro Goncalves||Sporting||Portugal||24||M (C), AM (RLC)||£30m-£35m||17|
|Luis Muriel||Atalanta||Colombia||31||ST (C)||£5.2m-£7.4m||17|
|Radamel Falcao||Vallecano||Colombia||36||ST (C)||£50k-£475k||17|
|Kelechi Iheanacho||Leicester City||Nigeria||25||AM (C), ST (C)||£45m-£55m||17|
|Paco Alcacer||Sharjah||Spain||28||ST (C)||£4.6m-£6.5m||17|
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