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Top 10 Best Forwards in World in 2023

The transfer market would certainly agree. The biggest fees are often commanded by the most frequent goal botherers and a decent hitman can hide a multitude of sins for your team. Of course, being a striker isn’t just about finishing anymore. You have to hold up, link play, press, run the channels and bully defences. These lads have certainly got the role sussed…

10. Lautaro Martinez (Inter)

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Martinez finished last season with 21 goals in 35 Serie A outings and started the new season strongly, too. He plundered three in his first five Italian league matches and, at 25, appears to be hitting his prime. The Argentine boasts blistering pace and a ferocious shot. A number of Premier League clubs have been linked with deals for the diminutive frontman, and it may only be a matter of time before he’s putting England’s best defences to the sword. 

9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Chelsea)

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Few Premier League fans expected to see the Gabonese back in London but the former Arsenal man swapped Barcelona for Chelsea on transfer deadline day. Aubameyang may be 33, but he proved in his sixth-month stint at Barca that he still possesses the lightning pace and lethal finishing to hurt teams. His 11 goals in 17 La Liga outings were impressive, and Chelsea fans will be desperate to see him turn it on in Blue under new gaffer Graham Potter.

8. Dusan Vlhaovic (Juventus)

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After hitting 49 goals in 108 Fiorentina appearances, Juventus fans expected big things when the Serbian arrived in Turin in January. They’ve not been disappointed, as the Serbian notched nine for the Old Lady before last season ended and started the current campaign with four in four league appearances. Still just 22, Vlahovic looks a Ballon d’Or winner in the making. 

7. Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)

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The little Brazilian has proved himself a pivotal piece in jigsaw at Arsenal since joining form Man City in the summer. He’s a reliable goal-botherer, yet it’s his movement, link-up play and tireless work ethic which make him such a valuable addition to the Gunners. Few strikers in world football harry defenders with the same level of dedication as Jesus. He may prove decisive in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. 

6. Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)

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The Uruguayan was brought in over the summer to replace Sadio Mane’s goals at Liverpool, with the Senegal star hot-footing it to Bayern. He’s shown his quality in flashes so far, with a sumptuous back-heeled strike against Fulham on the opening weekend of the league campaign, but must also curb his fiery nature. His red card against Crystal Palace was as avoidable as it was inevitable and Jürgen Klopp won’t accept the same mistake again.  

5. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

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The England captain bucked his usual trend of starting seasons in sluggish style, scoring five in the opening six games of the Premier League campaign. Kane’s movement, passing range and vision make him a far more rounded and versatile striker than many on this list, yet it’s his goalscoring which remains his greatest asset. Now third in the all-time EPL top-scorers list, the Spurs hitman is just 20 behind Wayne Rooney’s 208 strikes.

4. Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

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Seven goals in his opening five Ligue 1 appearances this season were proof the French wonderkid wouldn’t be slowing down just because he bagged a hefty new contract at PSG over the summer. The 23 year old reportedly has more power at the French club than some board members, but fans will be thrilled to see that hasn’t distracted him from his primary focus… scoring goals. 

3. Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)

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The prolific Pole became the first man to score Champions League hat-tricks with three different clubs when smashing in three for Barcelona against Viktoria Plzen in early September. At 34, Lewa could have taken the easy option when leaving Bayern over the summer.

Instead of MLS, however, he went to Catalonia, and has continued the scoring form which saw him bang in more than 344 goals in 375 appearances for the German giants. He’s still as unstoppable as ever.

2. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

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Probably the best player on the planet this calendar year and only pipped to top spot on this list by the electric form of our number one. Benzema dragged Real Madrid to Champions League glory last season, with hat-tricks against PSG and Chelsea in consecutive knockout rounds, and he’s been in solid form at the start of this term too.

The burly Frenchman continues to defy time, maturing beyond the wrong side of 30 like a fine wine. His precision shooting, strength, desire and immense workrate are simply exceptional. 

1. Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

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There were some who (foolishly) doubted whether Haaland would do it in the Premier League, believing superior English defending would limit the threat he posed in Germany. He’s answered those critics emphatically, slotting seamlessly into Pep Guardiola’s league-winning side of last term and taking just six league matches to hit double figures.

The Norwegian has made a mockery of Premier League defences so far, and few would be surprised if he broke the single-season goalscoring record (which stands at 34) this term.

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