The top 10 best football strikers in the world

In this blog, you can read everything you need to know about the top 10 best football strikers in the world at the moment. You will find information like stats, player ratings, trophies and many more!

This list only contains players who actually play as a central forward. That means wing players are not included in this list.

Football is a sport that thrills and captivates millions of fans worldwide, and at the heart of this beautiful game are the strikers who possess the uncanny ability to score goals with finesse and precision. In this blog, we will delve into the world of football and explore the top 10 strikers who have made their mark on the global stage. From their statistics and player ratings to the rankings of their clubs, trophies won, and Golden Boot awards, these footballers have proven time and again their worthiness as the best in their craft.

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The top 10 best football strikers in the world


1.     Erling Braut Haaland

Club:               Manchester City FC

Nationality:    Norway

Age:                22

Player rating: 7.53

Haaland’s rise to stardom has been extraordinary. The young Norwegian broke multiple records in his first season in the Premier League. The Norwegian striker possesses incredible strength, lightning speed, and a natural instinct for goal-scoring. But nobody expected that Haaland would adapt so quickly to a new competition. Nobody will debate the absurd impact of Haaland in a treble-winning season for Manchester City. Haaland was the missing link in Pep Guardiala’s already superb squad and turned himself into an untamable target man. Haaland broke the single-season goal-scoring record for a Premier League club by netting 52 goals for Manchester City in the 2022/23 season.


2.   Kylian Mbappé

Club:               Paris Saint-Germain FC

Nationality:    France

Age:                24

Player rating: 7.57

At just 22 years old, Mbappé has taken the football world by storm. His lightning-fast pace, dribbling skills, and clinical finishing have earned him accolades and comparisons to legends of the game like Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappé’s career and achievements have excelled since his move to Paris Saint-Germain. At the age of 22, he already managed to become PSG’s all-time top scorer. He also won the 2018 World Cup at the age of 19. His hat-trick against Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final underlines his top-star status. The only missing major trophy from this trophy cabinet is the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or. Mbappé scored 43 goals for PSG in the 2022/23 season.


3.     Karim Benzema

Club:               Al-Ittihad

Nationality:    France

Age:                35

Player rating: 7.64

Benzema has been a pillar of Real Madrid’s success for over a decade. The Frenchman is known for his technical ability, intelligent movement, and clinical finishing. With multiple La Liga and Champions League titles to his name, he has established himself as one of the most consistent and reliable strikers in the game. Heading to his mid -30’s, Benzema is ageing like fine wine. At the age of 34 years, Benzema won his first and only Ballon d’Or. He scored a phenomenal 44 goals and 15 assists in 46 games in the 2021/22 season. For the first time, the Ballon d’Or was awarded in 2022 on the basis of a football season instead of a calendar year. Benzema scored 43 goals for Real Madrid in the 2022/23 season.


4.     Harry Kane

Club:               Tottenham Hotspur FC

Nationality:    England

Age:                29

Player rating: 7.59

Harry Kane’s deadly finishing abilities have made him a fan favourite in domestic and international competitions. Known for his intelligent movement, exceptional vision, and accurate finishing, Kane has been instrumental in Tottenham Hotspur’s success in the past decade, contributing to the team’s success with great linkup play, and he’s arguably been the most consistent striker in the Premier League in recent years. With numerous individual awards and an impressive goal tally, he remains among the elite strikers. Kane is also Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer, and he moved into second place in the all-time EPL top scorers list. Kane scored 49 goals for the Spurs in the 2022/23 season.


5.     Robert Lewandowski

Club:               FC Barcelona

Nationality:    Poland

Age:                34

Player rating:  7.50

Robert Lewandowski has been a goal-scoring machine for Bayern Munich, consistently netting an impressive number of goals each season. After exceptional spells at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, he joined Barcelona as one of the best strikers in the world. His clinical finishing, aerial ability, and exceptional positioning make him a nightmare for opposing defenders. Lewandowski became the first man to score Champions League hat-tricks for three different clubs. With numerous domestic titles and a UEFA Champions League triumph, the Ballon d’Or is the only trophy that is missing from his trophy cabinet. He would have won the prestigious award in 2020 had voting not been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lewandowski scored 46 goals for Barça in the 2022/23 season.


6.     Victor Osimhen

Club:               SSC Napoli

Nationality:    Nigeria

Age:                24

Player rating: 7.32

Victor Osimhen, a rising star from Nigeria, is known for his outstanding acceleration, electric pace and clinical finishing. Osimhen literally accelerated in terms of statistics last season, becoming an integral part of Napoli’s fearsome attack. The Nigerian striker’s athleticism and relentlessness when running behind the defence cause a lot of problems. He is also known for his jumping ability, resulting in many dangerous headers. One is his greatest traits is his determination and work rate. Unless football will always be a team sport, nobody will debate the fact that Osimhen had a big impact on Napoli’s stunning Scudetto triumph. It’s no wonder the Nigerian striker is linked to almost every big club. Osimhen scored 39 goals for Napoli in the 2022/23 season.


7.     Marcus Rashford

Club:               Manchester United

Nationality:    England

Age:                25

Player rating: 7.02

Marcus Rashford has emerged as a talismanic figure for Manchester United. Rashford has been finding himself switching between a number nine and the freedom of playing out wide. The English forward’s electrifying pace, technical ability, and eye for goal have made him a nightmare for opposing defences. Rashford is at his most dangerous when he’s played into space and running behind defences, and then he will truly become a big threat.  In recent times, we have witnessed a transformed version of Rashford, showcasing an increasing inclination towards precision and placement rather than relying solely on shot power. He has also demonstrated a willingness to make more frequent runs into the box, making him increasingly difficult to defend against with his explosive bursts of speed and sheer power. Rashford scored 56 goals for Manchester United in the 2022/23 season.


8.     Ciro Immobile

Club:               SS Lazio

Nationality:    Italy

Age:                33

Player rating: 7.12

Ciro Immobile has been a prolific goal-scorer for Lazio and the Italian national team. The Italian striker is known for his technical ability, is a hard worker, a great finisher and great at exploiting spaces. His predatory instincts have resulted in an impressive goal tally. Immobile has already earned the Serie A top goalscorer award named ‘Capocannoniere’ four times: 2014, 2018, 2020, 2022. Immobile is one of just two players in history to win at least four Capocannoniere titles. Immobile scored 38 goals for Lazio in the 2022/23 season.


9.    Dušan Vlahović

Club:               Juventus FC

Nationality:    Serbia

Age:                23

Player rating: 7.07

Dušan Vlahović has captured attention with his impressive performances for Fiorentina. The Serbian striker’s physical presence, composure, and natural goal-scoring instincts have catapulted him into the conversation of top strikers. At 6-foot-3, or 1,9m tall, he’s the perfect modern striker. He’s great in the air, can hold up defenders in the box, and he’ll wreak havoc in the Serie A and across Europe for the years to come. As his star continues to rise, Vlahović’s potential and goal-scoring ability are undeniable. Dušan Vlahović scored 42 goals for Juventus in the 2022/23 season.


10.     Romelu Lukaku

Club:               Chelsea FC

Nationality:    Belgium

Age:                30

Player rating: 7.25

Romelu Lukaku’s physicality and goal-scoring prowess have made him one of the most feared strikers in the world. After a successful stint in Italy with Inter Milan, Lukaku’s future club is yet to be decided. Lukaku says he is one of the best five strikers in the world. We agree with him that he belongs among the best strikers in the world, but we think he does not belong in the top five. After a season full of injuries, he was back on track just in time to play in the Champions League final. For Belgium, Lukaku scored 57 goals in 89 games, which makes him Belgium’s all-time top scorer. Lukaku also scored 37 goals for Inter in the 2022/23 season.



The world of football is graced with an abundance of exceptional strikers, and this blog only scratches the surface. From Erling Haaland’s youthful brilliance to the experienced prowess of Robert Lewandowski, each of these players brings a unique set of skills and qualities to the game. Their impact on the field, ability to change the course of a match, and consistent goal-scoring records make them worthy of the title of the world’s finest football strikers. As fans, we are fortunate to witness their incredible talent and eagerly anticipate their continued success in the years to come.

Written by Jordy Post

Jordy Post is a seasoned football data and marketing expert with over 3 years of industry experience. With an in-depth understanding of Football Data, he stands out as a leading authority in delivering comprehensive insights. Jordy specializes in uncovering new stats, tracking market trends, and identifying emerging patterns, consistently providing innovative analyses that offer invaluable insights to Sports Data lovers.

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