Football Manager 2023: The best finishers in FM23

Football Manager 2023: The best finishers in FM23
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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

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FM23's best finishers
NameClubNationalityAgePositionValueFinishing
Zlatan IbrahimovicAC MilanSweden40ST (C)£2.5m-£4.8m19
Cristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedPortugal37ST (C)£15-23m19
Robert LewandowskiBarcelonaPoland33ST (C)Not for sale19
Harry KaneTottenham HotspurEngland28ST (C)Not for sale19
Romelu LukakuInter MilanBelgium29ST (C)£92m-£132m18
Duvan ZapataAtalantaColombia31ST (C)Not for sale18
Luis SuarezNacionalUruguay35ST (C)£55k-£550k18
Ciro ImmobileLazioItaly32ST (C)Not for sale18
Son Heung-minTottenham HotspurSouth Korea29M/AM (L), ST (C)Not for sale18
Erling HaalandManchester CityNorway21ST (C)Not for sale18
Mauro IcardiGalatasarayArgentina29ST (C)£24m-£35m18
Dusan VlahovicJuventusSerbia22ST (C)£75m-£92m17
Gianluca ScamaccaWest Ham UnitedItaly23ST (C)£37m-£45m17
Gerard MorenoVillarrealSpain30ST (C)£37m-£44m17
Gonzalo HiguainInter MiamiArgentina34ST (C)£95k-£950k17
Ignacio ScoccoHughes FBCArgentina37AM (RC), ST (C)Not for sale17
Deniz UndavBrighton & Hove AlbionGermanyy25AM (RL, ST (C)£4.3m-£5.2m17
Mohamed SalahLiverpoolEgypt30AM (RL), ST (C)Not for sale17
Kylian MbappePSGFrance23AM (RL, ST (C)Not for sale17
Jamie VardyLeicester CityEngland35ST (C)Not for sale17
RodrygoReal MadridBrazil21AM (RL), ST (C)£48m-£56m17
Aleksandar MitrovicFulhamSerbia27ST (C)£23m-£33m17
Lionel MessiPSGArgentina35AM (RL), ST (C)£28m-£41m17
Karim BenzemaReal MadridFrance34ST (C)£97m-£114m17
Nils PetersenFreiburgGermanyy33ST (C)£120k-£4.4m17
Omar Al-SomaAl-ArabiSyria33ST (C)£800k-£3.5m17
TaliscaAl-Nassr (KSA)Brazil28AM (C)£12m-£14m17
Dries MertensGalatasarayBelgium35AM (LC), ST (C)£900k-£1.9m17
Pedro GoncalvesSportingPortugal24M (C), AM (RLC)£30m-£35m17
Luis MurielAtalantaColombia31ST (C)£5.2m-£7.4m17
Radamel FalcaoVallecanoColombia36ST (C)£50k-£475k17
Kelechi IheanachoLeicester CityNigeria25AM (C), ST (C)£45m-£55m17
Paco AlcacerSharjahSpain28ST (C)£4.6m-£6.5m17
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Specifications

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Reasons to buy

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Licensed competitions make FM23 more realistic than ever
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Set pieces need updating

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