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First Half of 2012/13: Strikers Who Walked the Talk: Part Two

by on February 11, 2013

Antonio Di Natale, Udinese and Italy: There are few players who put up such dramatic performances on the wrong side of 30. The 35 year old, Naples born striker’s career goal scoring has been on a rise after 30 and he’s firing on all cylinders for club and country. While Udinese’s performances may have dipped due to the sales of many of their stars, Di Natale continues to mesmerize.


Stats: 17 games, 14 goals.

Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid and Colombia: Undoubtedly the finest striker in the world, outside the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bubble. The bullish Colombian has taken his game to another level at Atletico and is crucial in their much improved domestic performances this season. The ‘other club in Madrid’ are finally ahead of their local rivals and are keeping pace with Barcelona in the title run-in.

Stats: 17 games, 18 goals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG and Sweden: While many will hold a bias against Zlatan, depriving him of the credit for consistent performances through out his career, for the man has failed to win any European glories. The Swede has also been criticized for his selfish playing style and attitude on and off the pitch. But this season, the player has spearheaded PSG towards the Ligue 1 title and has also been influential in the team’s impressive group stage performances in the Champions League. Ibrahimovic’s against England in the 4-2 victory, late last season is being held as the most amazing goal ever scored.

Stats: 17 games, 18 goals.

Robin van Persie, Manchester United and Netherlands: The Dutchman has comfortably settled into life in the north of England and is likely to repeat his 30-goal feat again this season. While his former north London faithful may condemn him for the rest of their lives, the man has brought about a renaissance in Manchester, with Man United now comfortably atop the table and are in a position to be runaway winner’s this season.

Stats: 22 games, 17 goals.

Stephan El Sharaawy, AC Milan and Italy: Rising from the shadows of Ibrahimovic, after his departure to Paris, the youngster has picked up from where the Swede left and is pivotal to Milan’s rise up the Serie A table, as they challenge Lazio and Napoli for a Champions League spot. El Sharaawy has been aptly nicknamed as ‘the Pharaoh’ by the Rossoneri fans.

Stats: 20 games, 14 goals.

Luis Suarez, Liverpool and Uruguay: Known for his flair play and maligned for his diving, the diminutive Uruguayan has been the one element the Reds have missed since the departure of Fernando Torres. El Pistolero has not only been a clinical finisher but is also a recognized play-maker falling into the hole and creating chances for new strike partner, Daniel Sturridge. While many will not appreciate his game due to his knack for diving in the final third, if this South American striker were to be at Liverpool during their glory-days, his name would have probably featured much higher in this list.

Stats: 24 games, 17 goals.


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