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What is the best strike-force in world football?

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Partnerships between two strikers are becoming rarer and rarer in modern football, as teams gradually move away from the traditional 2 strikers. However there are still several teams who use this system, and a good partnership between strikers is something that will win you a lot of games and trophies. But which is the current best striking partnership in football?

Manchester United – Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney

Goals this season:

Van Persie: 8 in 15

Rooney: 10 in 18

With their average midfield and defense, Manchester United are pinning a lot of their hopes on their terrific strikers. Van Persie is the complete striker, with fantastic heading and finishing ability, and ice in his veins, while Rooney is more of a creator who complements Robin perfectly. The two’s lack of starts together is likely the main reason for United’s struggles this season, as the team are undefeated this season when their two main mean start together, winning 6 of the 8 games.

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo

Goals this season:

Aguero: 21 in 22

Negredo: 11 in 20

City experimented with different striking combinations early this season, but Dzeko and Jovetic have been firmly relegated to the bench thanks to the excellent form of Aguero and Negredo. Just like United’s front two, they complement each other perfectly, with Negredo being strong and powerful in the air, while Aguero is fast and skilful. Their partnership has only been going for a few months, they could go on to bring many trophies to the blue half of Manchester if they continue in their current form.

Liverpool – Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge

Goals this season:

Suarez: 15 in 10

Sturridge: 9 in 12

Dubbed ‘SAS’, although no one with any self respect calls them that, the skilful and sometimes selfish front two at Anfield have propelled the club far higher than they would have expected to be at this stage. It takes a special player to score more goals than he has played games, but Suarez has done just that, and has been the stand-out player in the Premier League so far this season for many people. Sturridge’s career seemed to be going nowhere when he arrived at Anfield, and many Liverpool fans were unsure about him, but he has cemented himself not only as a crucial player for Liverpool, but as England’s first choice striker.

Juventus – Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente

Goals this season:

Tevez: 7 in 21

Llorente: 6 in 17

Juve have been in need of a top striker for a while now, and brought in 2 proven hit men this summer in bargain deals, however while they have made decent starts they will need to improve their goal tally. Another example of a little-and-large partnership, they have all the ability needed to form a prolific partnership.

Fiorentina – Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez

Goals this season:

Rossi: 13 in 16

Gomez: 2 in 3

This partnerhip has yet to show it’s true potential due to Mario Gomez’s injury that has kept him out for several months, but if he plays to his best on his return and Rossi keeps up his sensational return, this could propel the Viola all the way into the Champions League. Rossi is more of a second striker than a proper number 9, but has filled that role excellently in Gomez’s absence, and when he returns Rossi will be able to play his more natural role while Gomez profits from his creativity.

Paris Saint-Germain – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani

Goals this season:

Ibrahimovic: 21 in 21

Cavani: 15 in 21

I have saved the best (in my opinion) till last. Both of these formidable front men could make serious claims to be the best out-and-out striker in football, and PSG have shelled out massive money to bring them together. The only argument against them being the best front two, is that they play in the mediocre Ligue 1, rather than one of Europe’s top leagues. However, I have no doubt that no matter what league these two played in, they would stand out as the world-class strikers that they are.

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One thought on “What is the best strike-force in world football?

  1. Suarez and Sturridge for me

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