“When you are 4-0 up you should never lose 7-1.” Lawrie McMenemy
Winning 7-0 is only possible with extremely talented forwards (strikers) in a team which are arranged specifically to score the goal. They are the main strikers when it comes to the net of opponents. Due to their ability to score, forwards are the most expensive players of a team. Let’s have an insight into the list of top FIFA strikers:
2006 FIFA World Cup (Germany)
• Hernán Crespo (Argentina)
• Thierry Henry (France)
• Miroslav Klose (Germany)
• Luca Toni (Italy)
2002 FIFA World Cup (Korea/Japan)
• Ronaldo (Brazil)
• Miroslav Klose (Germany)
• El-Hadji Diouf (Senegal)
• Hasan Şaş (Turkey)
1998 FIFA World Cup (France)
• Ronaldo (Brazil)
• Davor (Croatia)
• Brian Laudrup (Denmark)
• Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)
1994 FIFA World Cup (USA)
• Romário (Brazil)
• Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
• Roberto Baggio (Italy)
1990 FIFA World Cup (Italy)
• Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)
• Roger Milla (Cameroon)
• Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany)
1986 FIFA World Cup (Mexico)
• Preben Larsen (Denmark)
• Emilio Butragueño (Spain)
• Gary Lineker (England)
1982 FIFA World Cup (Spain)
• Paolo Rossi (Italy)
• Karl Heinz Rummenigge (Germany)
1978 FIFA World Cup (Argentina)
• Roberto Bettega (Italy)
• Paolo Rossi (Italy)
• Mario Kempes (Argentina)
The list clearly shows that Italy had the best strikers. Italy is defending its title in 2010 FIFA World Cup. Let’s see if its strikers can deliver again.
Fingers crossed and all set!
The high salaries earned by soccer players, are currently one of the most discussed topics throughout the football world. The question as to if athletes in general and soccer players in particular, should be earning the kind of money they’re earning is more pulsating then ever these days, with clubs paying their players incredible amounts of money each year. It’s somewhat difficult to judge exactly how much a player makes simply from his club salary, because many wage details are private, due to obvious reasons.
France Magazine has recently compiled a list of the highest paid soccer / football players in the world at large which is as follows:
David Beckham, $49.4 million
No one can shift soccer merchandise like Beckham. He did it for Manchester United during his pomp and for Real Madrid over the past four years, where he won over the fans if not the critics. Now coming to America on the back of potential $250 million marketing and playing deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy, he has proved he has the marketing savvy to put him in the elite of sports commercial superstars who outlast their playing days.
Ronaldinho, $38.4 million
The impish Barcelona is not only enjoying the number 2 spot but is also having the best of seasons by his own standards. Like many of the stars of the last World Cup, a long club and international season has taken its physical toll. But he leapfrogged David Beckham last year to become soccer’s top-earning player thanks to endorsement deals with Nike and the likes of consumer electronics giant Sony.
Lionel Messi, $36.6 million
Lionel Messi is an incredibly gifted soccer player who currently plays for Spanish giants FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team. He was almost indispensable in Barca’s first squad and although several thigh injuries kept him away from the pitch, he came back in force in the 2006-2007 season and is playing inform to date.
Cristiano Ronaldo, $31 million
Cristiano was famous about his soccer skills from his teenage. His dazzling footwork and goal-scoring touch made him a teenage star that was known as one of the most exciting young soccer players in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo’s talent caught the eye of Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, who bought him for $20 million US at that time and now he is one of the highest paid sport personalities in the world.
Thierry Henry, $26.8 million
One of Europe’s most feared strikers the Arsenal captain’s elegance and glamour on and off the pitch is remarkable-he is marriage to model Nicole Merry keeps him a marketers’ favorite, while his Arsenal contract of $220,000 (Â£112,000) a week keeps his bank manager merry, too.
The English premiership is just underway. Match winning performances are creeping up on us once again so as a special treat, history takes us on a walk down memory lane with a countdown of the top 5 goal scorers in the Premiership of all time, which are as follows:
1. Alen Shearer – 260 goals
Alen Shearer, who played for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United as a striker, was born on 13 August 1970 in Gosforth. He enjoyed his successful club and international career during which he scored 422 goals. On 9 April 1988 at the age of 17 years and 240 days, he scored a hat-trick against Arsenal, becoming the youngest player to score hat-trick in premiership. In premiership he scored 260 goals – “a league record”.
Shearer was named Overall Player of the Decade, Domestic Player of the Decade, and Outstanding Contribution to the Premier League and Top Goal scorer.
2. Andrew Cole – 187 goals
Cole is the second highest scorer in Premier League history with 187 goals. Andrew Alexander Cole, or Andy as he was known during his heyday in the early years of the Premier League, bowed out of professional football a few years ago, closing the book on one of the true modern football greats.
Cole helped carve out the current reputations of both the English game and Manchester United as a result of his incredible playing career and being the number 2 goal scorer in the English premiership. Cole was one of the most feared strikers in club football.
3. Thierry Henry – 174 goals
It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class footballer. Despite initially struggling in the Premiership, he emerged as Arsenal’s top goal-scorer for almost every season during his tenure there. With lightning pace and one of the deftest touches in the game, Wenger immediately turned Henry back into a striker and soon had the deadliest weapon in the Premier League. Over the next eight seasons he scored a club-record of 174 goals in 254 games.
4. Robbie Fowler – 161 goals
Former Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler was born to score goals and is widely recognized as one of the best finishers in Europe. Fowler, 34, became the fourth-highest all-time scorer with 161 goals in the English Premier League.
5. Les Ferdinand – 150 goals
Les Ferdinand, MBE, was born on 8th December 1966. He began his career at Queens Park Rangers before earning a high profile move to Newcastle United. Les Ferdinand has 150 goals with the majority coming while playing for Queen’s Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. Ferdinand was awarded the PFA players player award in 1996 and scored 5 goals for England, gaining 17 caps.