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Top 15 Strikers In The World Today

Any such list that showcases the supposed “best” of anything is going to come under some scrutiny from observers, fans and analysts, and that includes a list of the best strikers in all of world football today. There is, after all, no one statistic or fact that makes any talented footballer the undisputed “best” man on the planet. Total amount of goals scored during a campaign is important to consider for this discussion, of course, but that number is not just about a single individual. Even the best of solo efforts that result in tallies being notched could be the result of a player having talented teammates on the pitch with him.

The CIES Football Observatory took on the task of finding the man who is truly the best striker in the world today earlier this year, and that organization's findings may surprise you. What was not all that shocking was that a man often referred to as the best overall player in the world's most beloved sport was atop of that list, an individual who has found fame and fortune while featuring for one of the biggest clubs on earth. It did not hurt his cause that, unlike in the spring of 2014, he and his team went on a roll and won multiple titles come the month of June.

Regardless of the amount of work that was put into that CIES Football Observatory study, its findings are far from flawless. For example, a man who is widely considered to be at worst one of the top-three overall footballers in the world today did not even crack into the CIES top-25 strikers playing in 2015. Not only is that ridiculous. It is not something that is even worth discussing, as any list of the top strikers in the world today that does not have that man's name near or even at its very top can be tossed aside and disregarded.

15 Luca Toni

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14 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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13 Mauro Icardi

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12 Alexandre Lacazette

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11 Robert Lewandowski

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10 Carlos Tevez

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9 Neymar

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8 Diego Costa

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7 Bas Dost

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6 Sergio Aguero

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5 Harry Kane

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4 Luis Suarez

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3 Arjen Robben

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2 Cristiano Ronaldo

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1 Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi sitting atop this list as of June 2015 is a reminder of how quickly things can change in a year. It was back in the spring of 2014 when Real Madrid were the kings of club football, Cristiano Ronaldo was far and away the best player in the world, and Barcelona were in full-on crisis mode. Messi and Barca have since leapfrogged Ronaldo and Real in the La Liga table and in the Champions League competition, making the Argentinian living legend worthy of being named the top striker in the world today; for now, that is. Ronaldo will begin to attempt to reclaim his throne starting in August.

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