Top 10 Strikers In The World Cup 2014

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A football match is decided on the number of goals scored by a team and it is the striker who has the responsibility of finding the back of the net, which is why it is often said that the a team must have good strikers if they want to win consistently. The World Cup in Brazil this year would feature some of the best strikers in the world, who would try to take their teams to great heights and this article presents to you a list of 10 of the very best.

10. Diego Costa

The Brazil born striker will represent Spain in the World Cup in 2014 has had an outstanding season for Spanish club Atletico Madrid and his remarkable goal scoring prowess has been one of the key factors why the team has been able to punch above its weight. Costa is a big, strong forward who combines pace and power with technique and finesse that has helped in bullying plenty of defences into submission over the past season. However, if there is an Achilles Heel in his game then it is his hair trigger temper that might see him being red carded at any point of the game and that can certainly be used against him by wily opponents.

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If Wayne Rooney had successfully developed as a player since his outstanding show for England in Euro 2004 then he would have found himself at a far better rank but that has not been the case, however his talent as a striker of the highest quality is beyond question and so the Manchester United star is a part of this elite list. Rooney is among that rare breed of strikers who not only has the skills to take on entire defences but is someone who is powerful enough to win the ball in the midfield and that is something that makes him a stand out performer for the English team. If England are to qualify from the group of death also comprising of Italy and Uruguay then Rooney must pull his weight big time.

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8. Mario Balotelli

Italians have always been blessed with great strikers and in AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli they have a striker who can turn the game on its head in a blink of an eye. You need to watch the highlights of the semi final between Italy and Germany in Euro 2012 in order to understand the sort of impact Balotelli can have on a game. Balotelli is a strong, powerful striker who can also bring on the silken skills when he is inside the opponent’s penalty area and he can also let one fly from outside the box if the mood seizes him.

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7. Edison Cavani

Uruguay is blessed with a vast array of hugely talented attackers and one of them is Paris St. Germain striker Edison Cavani, who would want to stamp his authority on the showpiece event with some show stopping performances. Cavani has not had a great season with PSG due to the fact that he was deployed on the right side of the attack in order to accommodate Ibrahimovic, however there is no doubt  in anyone’s mind that he would be a handful once he is given a more central position by the Uruguayan team management. He is an out and out goal poacher who can bully defences into submission with his strength, speed and ball control, not to mention his ability to rise above defenders when it comes to heading. Watch out for Cavani when he strides out for Uruguay in the World Cup.

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6. Robin van Persie

Manchester United’s Dutch star has had an injury plagued season but he has still been able to score at crucial times for the Red Devils and now that he is fit again, you can expect him to lead the Dutch attack with panache in the World Cup. Van Persie is an extremely skilful operator, who can create goals as well as score them and that is what makes him one of the most dangerous players in the world. On the other hand he is an expert with free kicks and long range efforts that makes him a constant threat even outside the 6 yard box. You should watch his hat trick against Olymiakos this year in the Champions League in order to get an idea about what exactly he brings to the table.

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5. Neymar

A Brazilian wonder kid who has been hailed by none other than Pele as the ‘best in the world’ is all set for the experience of his lifetime as he gears up to drive his country to victory in a tournament that Brazil is hosting for the first time in 64 years. Neymar is without a shred of a doubt a prodigious talent who can bring on incredible skills on to the field and more importantly he is not all about free style dribbling but a player who is clinical with his finishing as a result he is always a major threat in the penalty boz. Watch the YouTube video of the goal he scored for Barcelona against Real Madrid in the 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou last year.

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4. Sergio Aguerro

You would expect Diego Maradona’s son in law to be a decent footballer and in that regard it can be said without a shred of a doubt that Sergio Aguerro is without doubt one of the most lethal strikers in the world. Barring injuries, Aguerro has had a fruitful season for Manchester City in the English Premier League and with players like Di Maria and Lionel Messi around him; he is expected to score plenty of goals in the World Cup. As a striker, Aguerro has exquisite skills that allow him to get past defenders and in addition to that he is an expert at avoiding the offside trap that is often deployed by defensive teams. He is a player who is expected to light up the World Cup.

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3. Lionel Messi

Now you might be surprised to see Lionel Messi at anywhere but number 1 in this list but the truth is that he has been off the boil over the past few months for Barcelona and there are in fact doubts whether he has had a burnout. However, one thing that cannot be denied is that Messi can rise to the occasion by the sheer weight of his ability, skills and mental strength as one of the most gifted footballers in the planet. He is expected to be Argentina’s main man in the World Cup and he would try to follow in the footsteps of his idol Maradona who won the 1986 World Cup for Argentina on his own. However, on current form there are two strikers who are most certainly doing better than him.

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2. Luis Suarez

The English Premier League season of 2013-14 has been lit up by the exploits of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez who has scored a mind boggling 36 goals for the Reds and along with Edicon Cavani he would form an extremely potent strike force for Uruguay in the World Cup. Suarez is one of those rare forwards who can run directly at defences at pace and can also shoot with remarkable power from a distance that makes him a player who can be hard to stop. On top of everything he can also create goals for his striking partner with his silken dribbling skills and an eye for the perfect ball. Check out the YouTube video which chronicles all the goals he has scored this season for Liverpool in order to get an idea of what Uruguay’s opponents might be in for during the World Cup.

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

The current ‘World Player of the Year’ is the best striker in the world at the moment and any team which comes up again the Portuguese team in this World Cup would be wary of the constant threat posed by Ronaldo. Ronaldo started off as a ball playing winger but now he has turned into the most complete player of the modern age with his skills, pace, accuracy and the ability to score almost at will from free kicks. Portugal do not have an outstanding squad but in CR7 they have a player who could take them to glory all on his own.

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Conclusion

Had Sweden qualified then Ibrahimovic would certainly have been a part of this list, however as it stands these are the 10 players who are certain to capture you imagination when the World Cup eventually starts.

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