Goals are football’s lifeblood.
An electric effort can explode, in seconds, on social media, while celebrated leading scorers live in the collective memories of fans for generations. This has made the hallowed centre forward the sport’s most-revered position.
It’s been 12 months since we last released our Tiered Rankings and here from Tier 4 to Tier 1, we examine eight of the best strikers in the world right now.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Werner is a man on the move.
The RB Leipzig and Germany attacker is consumed by kinetic energy. Tactical freedom, a searching turn of pace and rare intelligence contrive to see him wreak havoc from across the front line.
A relentless tally of 21 goals was recorded in 25 Bundesliga run-outs in 2019/20, sparking the interest of Europe’s enamored elite clubs. This number is already the same as 2016/17’s previous career best.
Stand-out performances include August’s hat-trick at Borussia Monchengladbach, three goals plus two assists in November’s 8-0 dismantling of Mainz and running Tottenham Hotspur ragged across both legs of the Champions League’s round of 16. This extended the statistical quirk of scoring all his goals in the competition (seven) away from home.
The 24-year-old has transformed into a regular scorer at Red Bull Arena after an unremarkable stint in Stuttgart’s first team. But a handsome return of seven assists adds to his allure.
Expect an inviting €60 million release clause to be activated when the transfer window next opens.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
A constant force has remained within Arsenal’s undulating form and fortunes.
Whether, largely, through the centre under the increasingly loathed