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My All-Time Best XI - Striker

August 22, 2017

It’s been gruelling, so many big names have missed out on my All-Time XI, but we’ve got just one position to fill – the striker. Here’s how the line-up looks so far;

 

 

So, without further ado, here’s the striker shortlist.

 

 

Gerd Muller

 

 

 

Perhaps the most clinical striker of all-time, Muller was known for his instinctive finishing, especially in and around the six-yard box. A World Cup Golden Boot in 1970 was followed up with another Golden Boot and tournament win at the 1972 European Championship with West Germany. The 1970 Ballon d’Or winner’s crowning moment however came at the 1974 World Cup, scoring the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands. On top of International success, Muller amassed a sizeable trophy haul with Bayern Munich too, including three consecutive European Cups in the 70’s.

 

Major Honours

 

Bundesliga (4)

DFB-Pokal (4)

European Cup (3)

Intercontinental Cup (1)

World Cup (1)

European Championship (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Scoring the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup final

 

 

 

Ronaldo

 

 

 

Clinical, quick, phenomenal. When Ronaldo was at his peak, there was no man on earth with the capability to stop him. Ronaldo was the complete forward, he had absolutely everything. Of course, if Ronaldo has managed to stay injury free, we could be talking about the greatest ever, eclipsing Pele, Maradona, even Messi and Cristiano. Ronaldo has a long list of honours, a couple of World Cups, trophies in multiple countries, the only one to surprisingly elude him in his career was the Champions League – you can’t have everything I guess!

 

Major Honours

 

KNVB Cup (1)

Copa del Rey (1)

La Liga (2)

Intercontinental Cup (1)

World Cup (2)

Copa America (2)

Confederations Cup (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Scoring twice in the 2002 World Cup final, winning the cup for Brazil

 

 

 

Romario

 

 

 

Undoubtedly one of the best forwards to grace football, ranking behind only Pele and Ronaldo in Brazils all-time top goal scorer charts. Romario is one of few footballers to surpass the 1,000 goals mark, second only to Josef Biscan as the most prolific goalscorer in the history of football (Pele is third if you were wondering). Romario led Brazil to their first World Cup for 24 years in 1994, soring the winner in the semi-final and converting his penalty in the final shoot-out against Italy. Romario was also awarded the Golden Ball at the 1994 World Cup.

 

Major Honours

 

Eredivise (3)

KNVB Cup (2)

La Liga (1)

World Cup (1)

Copa America (2)

Confederations Cup (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning the World Cup with Brazil in 1994

 

 

 

 

Josef Bican

 

 

 

When picking a striker for an All-Time XI, you can’t discount the most prolific goal scorer ever, and that’s exactly what Josef Bican is. He was part of the Austrian wunderteam in the 1930’s and topped Europe’s highest goal scorer list on five separate occasions. Quick, agile, and definitely knew where the back of the net was, The International Federation of Football History and Statistics awarded Bican the Golden Ball as the greatest goal scorer of the last century.

 

Major Honours

 

N/A

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

The most prolific goal scorer in football history

 

 

 

 

Alfredo Di Stefano

 

 

 

Di Stefano was Madrid’s prize asset during the domination of Europe in the 1950’s, winning five consecutive European Cups. The Argentinian clocked up 8 Spanish League titles at Real Madrid and scored 6 goals to help Argentina on their way to Copa America victory in 1947. A Real Madrid legend, third in their all-time goal scorers list, also won two Ballon d’Or’s during the period of Madrid’s dominance.

 

Major Honours

 

Primera Division (8)

Copa del Rey (1)

European Cup (5)

Intercontinental Cup (1)

Copa America (1)

 

Stand-out Achievement

 

Winning five consecutive European Cups with Real Madrid

 

 

 

 

So that’s the striker shortlist, many, many honourable mentions to the likes of George Weah and Arthur Friedenreich, but the strikers who made the cut are a league above. The striker I have selected for my team is…

 

Ronaldo

 

It was a close one, but at his peak, there was nobody better than Ronaldo. So here it is, my complete Starting XI!

 

 

 

 

Some of the cuts were hard and left a lump in my throat so I’ve decided to pick 7 substitutes from the previous shortlists – Here’s the bench;

 

GK: Lev Yashin

CB: Bobby Moore

CB: Fabio Cannavaro

RM: George Best

CM: Michel Platini

FW: Johan Cruyff

FW: Marco Van Basten

 

So that’s that – Who makes your All-Time Best XI? Let me know @zefutbolwriter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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