Best Striker in the World

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Why is Lukaku in this discussion? He’s nowhere near
Once again another nonsense take.

One might even put Lukaku at the bottom of that list and it’s not a crazy assertion.

However the notion that he is nowhere in the discussion is absurd. He’s proven now for 2 plus seasons he’s in the upper echelon of #9’s now.
 

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Benzema is an interesting one. If I was putting a team together right now, leaving aside age and longevity and all, I don't think I'd pick anyone other than Lewandowski over him. He is a complete footballer and has again started the season brilliantly.
Would pick Benzema over anyone if age isn't an issue. He is a beast and most complete 9.
 

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Once again another nonsense take.

One might even put Lukaku at the bottom of that list and it’s not a crazy assertion.

However the notion that he is nowhere in the discussion is absurd. He’s proven now for 2 plus seasons he’s in the upper echelon of #9’s now.
No he's not. This is getting silly, he's not even the best goal scorer in Italy, he just gets the most exposure on here and even moreso now that you paid 100m for him.
 

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Once again another nonsense take.

One might even put Lukaku at the bottom of that list and it’s not a crazy assertion.

However the notion that he is nowhere in the discussion is absurd. He’s proven now for 2 plus seasons he’s in the upper echelon of #9’s now.
He's not, and yes it is absurd to rank him alongside those other names. He's nowhere near them.
 

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I disagree. He's faster, better jumper, equal heading prowess, better with his feet, maybe slight edge to Lewandowski in terms of pure finishing, and that's it. Put Ronaldo in their team last season and he betters the goal tally of Lewandowski.
Maybe, probably not, and bayern get worse anyways because he can't press like Lewandowski
 

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Lewandowski and I do not think it is particularly close. I also think he is the best player in the world.

I think that Ronaldo, Messi (when played as 9), Haaland, and Kane complete the top 5. Benzema, Lukaku and pick another three for top 10.
 

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Not a lot of love for Kane in this thread. Not necessarily saying he is as good as Lewandowski, but it's pretty damn close and I bet he could match his numbers if he played for Bayern in the Bundesliga.
 

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Once again another nonsense take.

One might even put Lukaku at the bottom of that list and it’s not a crazy assertion.

However the notion that he is nowhere in the discussion is absurd. He’s proven now for 2 plus seasons he’s in the upper echelon of #9’s now.
By that logic so has Ciro Immobile.

We're talking the best strikers in the world here. Lukaku doesn't belong there.


Kane's a little unlucky not to be ranking alongside Benzema here. He's playing for a shite team in the most difficult league, he's not in the very top tier but i think he would destroy the Bundesliga or current La Liga.
 

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I disagree. He's faster, better jumper, equal heading prowess, better with his feet, maybe slight edge to Lewandowski in terms of pure finishing, and that's it. Put Ronaldo in their team last season and he betters the goal tally of Lewandowski.
I mean, that's convenient. Put Kane in last season's Juve or Bayern teams and he doubles his goals and assist tally? Lewandowski has been the better footballer for a bit now. It's understandable as he's been bang in his prime and Ronaldo has crossed his.
 

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Based off one performance. It’s Ronaldo by a country mile.
 

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Haaland for me. Every time I watch him play he looks like he has a goal in him. Elite pace, great movement, excellent first touch, and clinical anywhere inside the box. Dortmund is only slightly above average Bundesliga side without him.
 

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Why is Lukaku in this discussion? He’s nowhere near
Because there is real a dearth of recognised top class strikers in football now. It's fairly obvious, but I looked at some top ten lists and you see the likes of DCL, Andre Silva, Werner, Abraham, Aubameyang, Martinez and Icardi being used just to pad them out. After 5 it becomes a struggle.

There's about 6 or 7 you might say are amongst the best in the world and unfortunately he's one of them and 3 of them are pushing mid to late 30s. I think the likes of Aguero, Cavani and Luis Suarez are just a bit over the hill to still be considered.

In no order at all.

Lewandowski
Haaland
Lukaku
Kane
Ronaldo
Benzema
Immobile
 

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Haaland. Just imagine what numbers he‘d reach with a front three at Bayern instead of Lewa

Sané/Coman - Müller - Musiala/Gnabry

Gerd Müller‘s record would surely be beaten again, provided he doesn‘t get a major injury.

edit: I compared him with Lewandowski because I feel like he‘s the striker to beat when it comes to the best in the world.
 

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For people who say Lewan. Guess they didn't see this:


I bet you couldn't find such clip regarding Haaland.

And this:





Lewan everages a better rate of goals per 90' but if you compare to their respective XG and number of shots they're pretty much the same. Haaland is even slightly better. Which is understandable imo as Lewan is playing for a stronger team who dominated the Bundes last season. Surprisingly Haaland has a much better rate for assits.

Imo Lewan is a more completed footballer but as a striker Haaland is better. His combination of finishing ability, strength, explosiveness, pace and striker instinct is simply frightening. Imo the best in the world atm.
FFS can you make that smaller or spoiler it, it's taking up the entire forum.
 

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Haaland. Just imagine what numbers he‘d reach with a front three at Bayern instead of Lewa

Sané/Coman - Müller - Musiala/Gnabry

Gerd Müller‘s record would surely be beaten again, provided he doesn‘t get a major injury.

edit: I compared him with Lewandowski because I feel like he‘s the striker to beat when it comes to the best in the world.
Except you didn't really compare him to Lewandowski, you listed a bunch of players he plays with?! ;)
 

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Except you didn't really compare him to Lewandowski, you listed a bunch of players he plays with?! ;)
I really didn’t, but either way, it’s Haaland who’s the best in the world
 

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Haaland is absolutely no way the best in the world currently. The overhype is insane. Lewandowski, Benzema, Kane, Lukaku, Ronaldo are all currently better then him as leading Strikers. Would you rather take Haaland then any of those strikers listed above? Yeah of course? He is very young and will be in the game for much longer and has an incredible ceiling and sell on value. He is not currently better then any of them though.
 

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Haaland is absolutely no way the best in the world currently. The overhype is insane. Lewandowski, Benzema, Kane, Lukaku, Ronaldo are all currently better then him as leading Strikers. Would you rather take Haaland then any of those strikers listed above? Yeah of course? He is very young and will be in the game for much longer and has an incredible ceiling and sell on value. He is not currently better then any of them though.
Depends ob the rest of my team. If I have great playmakers behind him, I take Haaland, followed by Ronaldo, Lewandowski, Benzema

If I have strong finishers behind him I take Lewandowski ahead of Benzema, Haaland and Ronaldo.

Given the choices here I would never take Lukaku or Kane, they are also very good, but clearly behund the others for me.
 

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I think of it in tiers.

Lewa, Ronaldo, Haaland, Benzema I think are the top tier that bring the full package of what you would want from your striker (range of deadly finishing, interplay, skill on ball, physicality)

I think the second tier is in order Kane, Lukaku, Mbappe (still deadly as a striker even if he isn’t as polished as the rest), and then perhaps someone from the ageing group a la Suarez, Cavani, Aguero etc. Kane I don’t think has the top level as the ones above him, Lukaku while a prolific goalscorer has his own well documented limitations, Mbappe prefers playing off the left and can be a streaky finisher, and the others are all probably past their peak.
 

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Once again another nonsense take.

One might even put Lukaku at the bottom of that list and it’s not a crazy assertion.

However the notion that he is nowhere in the discussion is absurd. He’s proven now for 2 plus seasons he’s in the upper echelon of #9’s now.
He shouldn’t be on a list with those names. He’s bang in his prime and been out scored by a mid-thirties Ronaldo in those two plus seasons you speak about.

Lukaku doesn’t touch the other names, simply not the same level whatsoever.
 

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I think a lot of the posters in this thread judge Haaland on what he will (quite surely) become, but not on what he currently is. Is he showing improvements in his game? Absolutely, but he is not on the Lewandowsk/Benzema level (yet?).
 

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Because there is real a dearth of recognised top class strikers in football now. It's fairly obvious, but I looked at some top ten lists and you see the likes of DCL, Andre Silva, Werner, Abraham, Aubameyang, Martinez and Icardi being used just to pad them out. After 5 it becomes a struggle.

There's about 6 or 7 you might say are amongst the best in the world and unfortunately he's one of them and 3 of them are pushing mid to late 30s. I think the likes of Aguero, Cavani and Luis Suarez are just a bit over the hill to still be considered.

In no order at all.

Lewandowski
Haaland
Lukaku
Kane
Ronaldo
Benzema
Immobile
Absolutely ridiculous

Ronaldo has outscored Lukaku in each season in Serie A despite Lukaku being in his prime
 

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Absolutely ridiculous

Ronaldo has outscored Lukaku in each season in Serie A despite Lukaku being in his prime
He did, and Immobile and a geriatric Quagliarella outscored Ronaldo the two seasons before that.

I don't think Lukaku is all that, I think he has too many holes in his game. I certainly don't think he is the best striker in the world, but right now he's one of about 6 or 7 that are up there as the best strikers in todays game. That says a lot about the overall quality of modern day strikers.
 

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Absolutely ridiculous

Ronaldo has outscored Lukaku in each season in Serie A despite Lukaku being in his prime
He shouldn’t be on a list with those names. He’s bang in his prime and been out scored by a mid-thirties Ronaldo in those two plus seasons you speak about.

Lukaku doesn’t touch the other names, simply not the same level whatsoever.
Just because you are angry and outraged, doesnt mean you are correct. Slam your feet on the ground all you like, Lukaku is undoubtedly one of the top strikers in the world, only 3 I would put higher then him- Ronaldo, Lewa and Benzema. Its disgusting the amount of stick he get's just because he was not happy here and it did not work out. As always, someone has to be a scapegoat for the failures of the past decade.- "Lukaku is a donkey, Depay is trash, Ole is a PE teacher". Sickening :annoyed:
 

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Haaland is absolutely no way the best in the world currently. The overhype is insane. Lewandowski, Benzema, Kane, Lukaku, Ronaldo are all currently better then him as leading Strikers. Would you rather take Haaland then any of those strikers listed above? Yeah of course? He is very young and will be in the game for much longer and has an incredible ceiling and sell on value. He is not currently better then any of them though.
:lol:

Haaland is way better than Lukaku. Scores at a much higher rate, assists at a higher rate, scores against tough opposition, is better technically, is better at using his physical advantages (speed, strength, height). There's literally not a single area in which Lukaku is better than Haaland, and it's laughable to suggest otherwise.
 

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Just because you are angry and outraged, doesnt mean you are correct. Slam your feet on the ground all you like, Lukaku is undoubtedly one of the top strikers in the world, only 3 I would put higher then him- Ronaldo, Lewa and Benzema. Its disgusting the amount of stick he get's just because he was not happy here and it did not work out. As always, someone has to be a scapegoat for the failures of the past decade.- "Lukaku is a donkey, Depay is trash, Ole is a PE teacher". Sickening :annoyed:
Haaland is miles above Lukaku

Having an opinion that doesn’t match up with yours doesn’t mean someone is slamming their feet. Get a grip
 

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Benzema is a great player, but I would have Kane, Mbappe and Haaland over him certainly, and possibly even Lukaku as well, though that might be a little bit influenced by recent form.
Benzema is top class, not just great player, Aubameyang is a great player.

By no means Kane or Lukaku are better than Benzema, especially when we talk about ability outside the box, not just scoring...Benzema can play as 10, Kane and Lukaku can't... especially Lukaku.
 

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I think that Harry Kane is being quite underrated here. There aren't many above him. You can debate where exactly he falls in the top 5, but he's certainly very much in the conversation with Lewandowski, Benzema, Ronaldo and Haaland.
 

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Ronaldo for me, the biggest winner of all time. But looking into the future you can't look past Haaland, he's the next superstar of world football.

Benzema is a higher caliber than Lewandowski and Kane who are a tier higher than Lukaku.
 

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Benzema is top class, not just great player, Aubameyang is a great player.

By no means Kane or Lukaku are better than Benzema, especially when we talk about ability outside the box, not just scoring...Benzema can play as 10, Kane and Lukaku can't... especially Lukaku.
I rate Kane higher than Benzema personally. Kane clearly scores more for a start, and his all round game is underrated too, he is a very good passer especially to create chances for others. Benzema is a better player than Lukaku for sure.
 

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Lewandowski because he is also a platform to play through but also a killer. Haaland seems too little combinative
 

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But as the thread is about who is the very best of them all then I’m not sure why Lukaku’s name is even mentioned. He shouldn’t be number 1 in any rational conclusion.
When talking about or ranking the best, i don't think it's unfair to name the top 10. It's a discussion after all. And he might be in that pool
 

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Benzema
Ronaldo
Lewandowski
Lukaku
Haaland



Kane