It remains a strange time in football. One with drinks breaks, social distancing, and without the presence of boisterous supporters, but thankfully players and coaches have maintained the highest of standards since the first ball was kicked after the restart. And there is one elite group in particular who definitely haven’t let the current situation get to them.
The world’s best strikers have picked up where they left off before the break, with their lethal finishing abilities remaining for all to see. Shouldering the responsibility of finding the back of the net every game isn’t easy, but the top players make it look effortless.
So, as the race for the European Golden Boot rages on, who are the top 10 strikers in world football right now?
10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gunners attacker has had another stellar season in England, and has backed up his 22 goals in 2018/19 with 20 this time around, with four games still to play. Often deployed out of position, the Gabon international simply puts his head down and gets on with the job.
He’s managed almost half of his club’s league goals this season, and can undoubtedly be relied on when Mikel Arteta needs him most. Keeping the 31-year-old in North London for another campaign may just be the Spaniard’s biggest challenge yet.
9. Roberto Firmino
Selfless, tireless, and still as clinical as anyone. The Brazilian has been crucial to Liverpool’s astonishing campaign, with his 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions proving his worth to the title-winning team.
The 28-year-old has been critical to the link-up between fellow forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, with the trio recently boasting 250 goals between them. Firmino’s 77 often go overlooked. His boundless ability is evident at both ends of the pitch, with the striker epitomising everything his boss Jurgen Klopp looks for when building a successful squad.
8. Jamie Vardy
Ruthless in every aspect on the pitch, Vardy has been enjoying life among the upper echelons of Premier League strikers for some time now. Defenders up and down the country are denied even a moment’s rest when the former non-league man is prowling around their box.
At 33, his appetite for scoring goals has simply never stopped, with the Leicester man now top of the current Premier League standings on 22 for the campaign. A hero at the King Power Stadium, and one which opposition fans dread to see galavanting towards them.
7. Luis Suarez
Back from injury and back in form. The former Liverpool man has 15 goals and eight assists in a disrupted La Liga campaign in which he has been restricted to just 21 starts. His fellow forward Lionel Messi deservedly enjoys much of the plaudits going forward, but the Argentinian will always be grateful for the almost telepathic relationship that he shares with the Uruguayan.
The 33-year-old may be forced to say farewell to the Catalan club very soon, but he can do so with his head held high as Barcelona’s third all-time goalscorer on 195, having netted the winner in the recent derby against Espanyol.
6. Erling Haaland
From relative nobody to Europe’s next big thing in a matter of months, the Norwegian’s explosive bursts and formidable finishing earned him a move to the Bundesliga in January. His feats since then include – among several others – 13 goals in 11 starts, a debut hat-trick inside 23 minutes, and becoming the first Dortmund player to score on his Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League debuts.
The 19-year-old has the world at his feet, and has even displayed his talents against Europe’s elite, becoming the first teenager to score ten Champions League goals in a single campaign. That took him just seven games, making Haaland the quickest player to reach double figures in the competition’s history.
5. Timo Werner
Another young striker who has devastated defences across the Bundesliga this season, Chelsea-bound Werner is certain to become a huge hit in the Premier League. Liverpool may not regret missing out on his services thanks to their successful attacking trio, but at just 24, the German has an extremely bright future ahead of him.
28 goals in 34 league games this season is exactly why the Blues forked out big-money to bring him to Stamford Bridge. Despite only four years at Leipzig, his 95 goals see him leave as a club legend and their all-time top goalscorer
4. Sergio Aguero
One of the most consistent performers of his generation, Aguero has netted 16 league goals in an injury-hit campaign. Since joining City, he’s secured tallies of 20 or more goals in six of his eight seasons, and represents the perfect role model for understudy Gabriel Jesus.
His 180 Premier League goals see him sit fourth in the all-time rankings, well ahead of any behind him and just seven off Andy Cole in third. And at 32 years of age, the 208 of Wayne Rooney in second is certainly not an unrealistic target should he stay at City for another year or two.
3. Ciro Immobile
Having started his professional career with Juventus, the Italian journeyed around Europe before eventually settling at Lazio, where he has enjoyed nothing but success in front of goal. At 30-years-old, Immobile still has plenty of time to etch his name into Serie A folklore.
His 29 league goals from 29 starts this season speaks volumes of just how talented he is, with his eight assists simply adding to his remarkable reputation in the final third.
Moreover, he looks certain to be the only player capable of stopping his former club from clinching their ninth successive Serie A title in the coming weeks.
2, Karim Benzema
The French forward is now the fifth-highest scorer in Real Madrid history with 244, with his 17 league goals this season second only to Lionel Messi in La Liga. Signed from Lyon 11 years ago, the 32-year-old certainly has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Much more than just a goalscorer, Benzema’s seven assists for the campaign have been key to Madrid’s title challenge, and he now sits top of the club’s all-time assists leaderboard with 134. Not bad for a striker.
1. Robert Lewandowski
The Poland international hit the ground running at the very beginning of the campaign, becoming the first player to net in each of the first 11 matchdays of a season, and the first player to score in 11 straight Bundesliga.
The records continued to tumble, with the 31-year-old ending a title-winning season with 34 goals, the best ever tally by a non-German in the Bundesliga. The month of May saw Lewandowski achieve the feat of scoring against every current club in the top-flight, while his 1.10 goals per game ratio is the best in Europe’s top five leagues.