10 greatest forwards of all time
Football has had stellar forwards in the history of the game. They are responsible for scoring the goals, which is the hardest part of the game. These ten forwards played for a long time and carved a niche for themselves by scoring a huge amount of goals with perfect technique, and temperament.
The fans loved them for their skills and thronged to the stadium to watch a glimpse of them with the ball. There have been plenty of forwards in the history of the game, but these ten forwards have been chosen due to their goal-scoring ability, fame, contribution to the game, and sterling career.
10. Roberto Baggio
Roberto Baggio is considered one of the most famous football players of all time. He played as a creative forward with excellent dribbling skills. Baggio was a free-kick specialist and could penetrate any defense. He steered Italy to the 1994 World Cup final with his stellar on-field performance.
They nicknamed him Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail), for his hairstyle. He made 56 appearances for Italy and scored 27 goals with three assists. Baggio played for AC Milan, Brescia, Juventus, and other clubs for the most part of his career. He played 597 club matches and scored 269 goals with 20 assists.
The French weekly magazine France Football put him on the eighteenth spot in a poll conducted by them.
9. Giuseppe Meazza
They consider Giuseppe Meazza as the best Italian player of all time. He started out as a striker but later became an accomplished midfielder. For the most part of his career, Meazza played as an inside forward. He was famous for his dribbling and shooting skills. Meazza was a great passer and was admired for his spins and turns.
He played for Juventus, Milan, and other clubs in Italy. They nicknamed him il Balilla. He played 367 club matches and scored 214 goals. Meazza captained Italy in the 1938 World Cup. He played 53 matches and scored 33 goals for his country.
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) selected him as the second best Italian player and 21st World Player of the Century. The Italian government honoured him by naming the home stadium of Inter Milan and AC Milan as the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.