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5 renowned international goalscorers of the modern era

Dan Wilcox
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Cote D'Ivoire v Japan: Group C - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Didier Drogba

Over the years we've seen some incredible strikers perform across the world. Whilst many of them are prolific for their clubs, not all of them translate that to the international stage.

These strikers are being classed as 'modern era' for the purposes of this slideshow, which means they're of my generation (I was born in 1989).

There are of course other strikers who have higher goals tallies and more country appearances, but the selection here are the ones you and I will remember most fondly. Some are still playing!

Their records speak for themselves in terms of goals scored but a number of times they're represented their country also stands out. Their determination to continue representing their country is incredibly impressive.

Players are often lauded for standing by certain clubs for seasons on end, but they should also be acknowledged for continuing to travel abroad during long campaigns to pull on their national shirt.

Here are five strikers who have been able to score goals for their nation, as we count down the top 5 goalscorers in international games ever.

#5: Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba is a Chelsea legend, make no mistake about it. He joined from Marseille and really made a name for himself in the Premier League. Not only was he adored by the Blues fans but he became so very well appreciated by opposition fans - and still is!

Many neutral fans will remember his pace and power in the final third and you'd be hard pushed to find too many other strikers who added more to their teams in the Premier League era. Big words, I know, but he really was that good.

He took just about every winners medal available home with him during his time at Stamford Bridge.

His international record was as follows: 65 goals in 104 caps.

A great player for club and country, one deservedly in the top five here.

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