Bearing the burden of a striker is far from easy, consistently looked upon as the primary resource of that which, at the end of the day, matters most in football: scoring goals.
While it’s fair to praise goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders for their contribution to a team’s success, the key to winning a football game remains simple: score more goals than the opposition. To find real success at the top level, you need a true top-level forward line.
Though form is difficult to maintain, there will always be a batch of attacking talent in prolific form from across the world, the most in-form of which are listed ahead.
Taking more recent outings into account, here we’re looking for not just goals but flair, technique and above all, frequent scoring exploits.
Disclaimer: It’s also worth noting that while scoring goals is all well and good, only strikers are candidates for inclusion, so while Cristiano Ronaldo’s efforts in front of goal have been great, his responsibilities as a winger make him ineligible
For those of you who haven’t seen the earlier parts of this series, please do, we also explain the criteria a little in the opening paragraphs.
- Best Goalkeepers In Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
- Best Centre Backs In Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
- Best Full Backs In Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
- Best Defensive Midfielders In Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
- Best Central Midfielders In Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
- Best Attacking Midfielders In Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
- Best Right Wingers In Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
- Best Left Wingers in Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
- Best Centre Forwards In Europe Right Now (2019/2020)
Here we go!
Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
Real Madrid would be nowhere near the top of the table if they didn’t have Benzema. Weird as that sounds, it is true. They’ve had a solid base to build on, boasting an uncharacteristically solid defence and a midfield performing well. It is in attack that they have lacked a lot with Benzema having way too much to do.
The Frenchman’s production of 32 G/BCC in 36 games is a super-impressive return when you realise that no Real Madrid forward has more than 2 league goals. Karim is also joint-top creator for the team. Simply put, when Benzema has an off day, Real Madrid struggle.
Romelu Lukaku – Inter
Antonio Conte had been after Lukaku for years and he must be delighted that he finally got his man. Lukaku has been reborn at Inter this season, showing growth in his game that wasn’t apparent in his Man Utd spell.
Inter have heavily relied on his partnership with Lautaro and it has borne fruit as he has produced 31 G/BCC in 35 games to drive Inter to their title charge. The CL exit is a negative but the Europa League presents an opportunity to make up for that.
Sergio Agüero – Man City
In an inconsistent Man City season, Agüero has been able to still impose himself and remain a consistent threat for City. He began the season on fire before cooling off but he picked back up later to put in a challenge for the Premier League golden boot. 31 G/BCC in 30 games is a solid return especially since he had his season disrupted by a muscle injury in late November.
Ciro Immobile – Lazio
One major reason why Lazio have been in the title race has been Immobile’s blistering form. He has racked up 33 G/BCC in 33 games, topping Serie A’s scoring charts and only being behind Lewandowski in Europe’s top 5 leagues for goals. It’s worth noting that he has scored 10 penalties this season while his Europa League form wasn’t as great. Still, he has been heavily influential in Lazio’s surprise title charge.
Wissam Ben Yedder – Monaco
Where would Monaco be without Wissam? The answer is probably a relegation battle. The French international has produced 33 G/BCC in 30 games in his first season at the club. His ability to hold on to the ball, dribble his way through and create chances for his teammates was a side of his game that proved invaluable. In a nutshell, Wissam was a handful all season. His combination with Slimani was particularly delightful.
Josip Iličić – Atalanta
The first thing to remember about Iličić’s season is that he absolutely decimated Valencia in the CL second round tie, home and away. Beyond that, it has been an amazing season for the 32-year old who has managed to produce a remarkable 37 G/BCC in 29 games. Atalanta have been exciting and in free-scoring form all season, and Iličić has provided the threat from the right side just playing off the main striker.
Timo Werner – Leipzig
Chelsea’s soon-to-be new signing has had an amazing season at RB Leipzig. A production of 50 G/BCC in 41 games so far shows just how great his production has been. More importantly, he has been hot on Lewandowski’s heels for the Bundesliga golden boot and has hit 30+ goals for the first time.
His maturity and consistency have mattered a lot for a Leipzig side now in the CL quarter finals. What a season he’s had so far!
Lionel Messi – Barcelona
It says a lot that even in a season when one can say Lionel Messi hasn’t been at his absolute best, he has still made it this high on this list and he has still produced 53 G/BCC in 31 games.
His goalscoring has been a bit inconsistent and he has struggled overall sometimes, but on the whole, he’s been very influential for Barcelona as usual. He still pulls the strings and finds solutions when Barcelona desperately need them.
Kylian Mbappé – PSG
Kylian has a remarkable way of being influential for PSG in the final third, whether he is in the mood or not, whether he is having a poor game or not.
All season, he has been on fire domestically and in Europe. What has stood out about him this season is the balance between final third creation and scoring, as his creation is in the range of Europe’s best creators and his goalscoring is in the range of Europe’s best goalscorers.
He has also created the third most shots via dribbles. His record of 58 G/BCC in 33 games is crazy productivity that even Lewandowski doesn’t match. Even more remarkable is the fact that his minutes add up to just 28 games in 90s. It’s been yet another amazing season from Kylian.
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern
No one has had a more bonkers year than Robert Lewandowski. He has shown frightening consistency both domestically and in Europe, scoring in around 77%-80% of the games he’s played in so far. He has kept that up for most of the season and actually started the season scoring in his first 13 games in all competitions (after the Super Cup).
He has 14 G/BCC in 6 CL games this season, is top scorer in both CL and Bundesliga and has 58 G/BCC in 38 games in all competitions. Simply put, he has been in ridiculous form over the season and it is already his best season ever.