Ranking the top 10 strikers of the pre-Messi-Ronaldo Golden Age (1995-2005)
10 of the top strikers during a Golden Age (1995-2005)
The hype around Harry Kane in the last few weeks has been overblown and a tad nauseating, to say the least.
While there are a lot of good strikers currently playing, football purists will always fondly remember the period between 1995-2005 (a couple of years before the Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo madness began) as a Golden Age for strikers.
All around the world and in various European leagues, world-class strikers abounded and given the high level of defending at that point (this was the era of catenaccio and world-class defenders were also abundant), you had to be truly exceptional as a striker to get 20+ goals a season.
#10 Filippo Inzaghi
The predator to end all predators, Super Pippo wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea due to his lack of a discernable skill.
What he lacked in technical skill, he more than made up for with an uncanny sense of positioning and a never say die attitude that saw him plunder 288 goals in 623 club games for such teams like Juventus and AC Milan winning three Serie A titles and 2 UEFA Champions League titles among his many wins.
Despite his retirement 12 years ago, Pippa is still the fourth highest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history with 70 goals, a phenomenal record for a player who was unjustly criticized and labelled as not being good enough for the highest level.