Ranked! The 10 best strikers in the world
5. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Aguero’s days at Manchester City looked to be numbered early on in Pep Guardiola’s tenure, but the Argentina international has demonstrated his enduring quality in the last year to climb back above Gabriel Jesus in the centre-forward pecking order.
Aguero’s combination play and ability to press from the front have improved under Guardiola’s tutelage, and the 30-year-old has ultimately become more of an all-round striker. Sticking the ball in the back of the net remains his forte, though, and there are few players more clinical than City’s record goalscorer.
4. Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia capped a remarkable few years for Kane, who has soared from Tottenham reserve to becoming one of the best strikers on the planet since 2014. The England captain scored 30 Premier League goals for the first time in his career last term, adding to the 29 he plundered in 2016/17 and the 25 he managed the season before that.
Finishing is Kane’s standout attribute, but he’s also a brilliant passer who often drifts into deeper areas to pick up possession and bring team-mates into play. And although the 25-year-old isn’t the quickest, he’s an expert at finding half a yard of space in and around the penalty area.
3. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Lewandowski had a disappointing World Cup as Poland crashed out in the group stage, but the striker bears little responsibility after being afforded scant service in his country’s crunch games against Senegal and Colombia.
The 30-year-old remains one of the greatest strikers in the game, as he continues to demonstrate at Bayern Munich. Lewandowski has broken the 40-goal barrier in all competitions in each of the last three full seasons, while the Pole's touch, movement and link-up play are still outstanding.
2. Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Suarez turns 32 in January but remains one of the foremost centre-forwards around. The Barcelona man has scored 154 times in 202 appearances for the Catalan giants, which is a particularly impressive record when you consider that the Uruguayan offers plenty more besides goals.
Technically gifted and physically strong, Suarez is the archetypal South American frontman. Able to both drop deep and sprint in behind, the former Liverpool man is extremely well-rounded and, on his day, impossible to play against.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Ronaldo is yet to score a goal for his new club after ending a nine-year association with Real Madrid to join Juventus in the summer, but there’s no doubt he’ll be firing once the business end of the campaign rolls around. The Portugal international also started last season slowly, before scoring 15 goals to help los Blancos win the Champions League for the third season on the bounce.
Still occasionally deployed on the left but now mostly used at centre-forward, Ronaldo has completed his transformation from flying winger to penalty-box predator – all while remaining one of the two best players on the planet.