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Ranking the 10 best forwards in the world this season

Metz v Paris Saint Germain - Ligue 1
Metz v Paris Saint Germain - Ligue 1
Sujith M

Though a game of football is won or lost by every player on that pitch, forwards always tend to get a lot of attention. They score a lot of goals, make marauding runs, gets creative, and show eye-catching skills with the ball at their feet.

The 2018/19 season is no different. In fact, this campaign is witnessing quite a few young strikers showcasing their skills with the likes of Sebastian Haller, Krzysztof Piatek, Nicolas Pepe, and Luka Jovic reigning supreme in their respective leagues.

Honorable Mentions: Sadio Mane, Harry Kane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eden Hazard, Luis Suarez, Marco Reus, Krzysztof Piatek, Fabio Quagliarella, and Nicolas Pepe.

Without much ado, let's rank the 10 best forwards in the world this season.


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#10 Luka Jovic, Eintracht Frankfurt

FC Internazionale v Eintracht Frankfurt - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
FC Internazionale v Eintracht Frankfurt - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

No. 10 on our list of best strikers in the world is Luka Jovic. Eintracht Frankfurt are one of the top scoring sides in Bundesliga this season and only behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in terms of goals scored in the league. One player who deserves a lot of credit for it is the Serbian striker, Luka Jovic.

The 21-year-old has scored 15 goals in the league and seven goals in the UEFA Europa League. He also has six assists to his name this season. The youngster is already under the radar of top European clubs,

#9 Mo Salah, Liverpool

Fulham FC v Liverpool FC - Premier League
Fulham FC v Liverpool FC - Premier League

No. 9 on our list of best strikers in the world is Mo Salah. Though he is struggling for goals at the moment, the 26-year-old is definitely one of the best finishers in world football right now. The Egyptian international led Liverpool to UEFA Champions League finals last season and won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

The Liverpool star has scored 17 goals in the Premier League and three in the UEFA Champions League this season. Regarded a lot for his speed, finishing, dribbling, and ball control, Salah has every chance to lead Liverpool to both domestic and European success this season.

#8 Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich

Liverpool v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Liverpool v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

No. 8 on our list of Best Strikers in the world is the Polish striker. he is a no-nonsense footballer with a great appetite for goals. A proven and consistent goalscorer in European football for quite some time, Lewandowski is not showing any signs of slowing down. The 30-year-old has already racked up 30 goals and nine assists for Bayern Munich this season. A prolific goal scorer, Lewandowski is known for his finishing, positional sense, aerial abilities, intelligent movement, and great technical abilities.

#7 Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Manchester City v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Manchester City v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

No. 7 on our list of top 10 forwards in 2019 is Aguero, Premier League's top goalscorer this season, is having yet another great season for the Citizens. The Manchester City star has been phenomenal in front of goal with 18 goals and six assists in just 24 Premier League starts. He also has five goals in the UEFA Champions League and two in the FA Cup. A clever and sharp striker, Aguero possesses great traits like pace, strength, quick feet, and accuracy when it matters the most.

#6 Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain

Celtic v Paris Saint Germain - UEFA Champions League
Celtic v Paris Saint Germain - UEFA Champions League

No. 6 on our list of top scorers in the world is Edinson Cavani. The PSG striker regularly features on the list of top 10 strikers for quite some time. A strong and hard-working striker, Edinson Cavani is a prolific goalscorer with a great technique. The Uruguayan international has scored 22 goals and assisted five more for Paris Saint-Germain this season. The 32-year-old plays alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

#5 Sébastien Haller, Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg
Eintracht Frankfurt v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg

No.5 in the list of top 10 forwards in 2019 is Sebastian Haller. A surprise inclusion on the list, particularly to those who do not follow Bundesliga. The 24-year-old Frenchman has been in scintillating form Eintracht Frankfurt this season with a lot of goals and assists. In 33 starts in all competitions, the youngster has scored 19 goals and created 12 more for his teammates. Former Frankfurt and current Bayern coach Niko Kovac praised him and said, “A bulldozer couldn’t knock him over!”

#4 Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus

Juventus v Club de Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Juventus v Club de Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

This man needs no introduction. Easily one of the two greatest footballers of our generation, the former Real Madrid star is proving at Juventus that he still has it in him even at the age of 34. His spectacular hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the round of 16 tie is a testament to his exceptional abilities as a striker. Ronaldo has scored 19 goals and assisted eight more in 25 Serie A starts this season.

#3 Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Manchester City v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Manchester City v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Raheem Sterling is one of the most improved players in European football this season, particularly with his finishing. Along with Aguero and Sane, Sterling has been in prolific goalscoring form for Manchester City this season. The 24-year-old has scored 15 goals in the Premier League and three in the UEFA Champions League. He has also assisted 11 goals for the Citizens this season.

#2 Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Kylian Mbappe has been in a stellar goalscoring form this season with 26 goals in just 19 Ligue 1 starts. He has also scored four goals in the Champions League. A player with enormous talent, the Frenchman is regarded a lot for his pace, dribbling, quick feet, ability to beat defenders in one on one situations, and intelligent movement. For a player who is just 20, Mbappe shows a lot of maturity and decision-making skills.

#1 Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona

Real Betis Balompie v FC Barcelona - La Liga
Real Betis Balompie v FC Barcelona - La Liga

He is getting better with age and 2018/19 has been a phenomenal season for the Argentine international. He is single-handedly carrying Barcelona's hopes this season and playing his best football. With 29 goals in just 24 LaLiga starts and eight goals in five European starts, Messi is easily the best striker in the world this season. The 31-year-old has also created 15 goals for his teammates.

Edited by Sripad

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