Real Madrid and French striker Karim Benzema is the best striker in the world at the moment in 2022. Benzema won the Ballon d’Or this year helping Real Madrid to become UEFA Champions League winners and La Liga title winners last season.
While football is a game where 11 players participate in order to help the team, strikers and forwards often attract most of the headlines because of their roles. Strikers score the goals necessary for their teams that get the most attention and limelight and as such, they are always in demand.
From Luis Suarez to Cristiano Ronaldo and from Robert Lewandowski to Karim Benzema, the modern era has been blessed with plenty of great strikers. But who is the best striker in the world in 2022 and which players make it to the top 10 list? Let’s find out:
Best striker in the world: Top 10 list of players
|Player||Country||Club||Age||Goals in the last two seasons||Assists in the last two seasons||Titles won in last two seasons|
|Karim Benzema||France||Real Madrid||35||83||15||UEFA Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Nations League, Spanish Super Cup|
|Robert Lewandowski||Poland||Bayern Munich/Barcelona||34||112||22||Bundesliga, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, DFB Pokal|
|Kylian Mbappe||France||Paris Saint-Germain||24||90||44||Ligue 1, Coupe de France, French Super Cup, UEFA Nations League|
|Erling Haaland||Norway||Borussia Dortmund/Manchester City||22||81||21||DFB Pokal|
|Harry Kane||England||Tottenham Hotspur||29||76||30||None|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Juventus/Manchester United/Free Agent||37||73||9||Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup|
|Ciro Immobile||Italy||Lazio||32||61||15||UEFA European Championship|
|Romelu Lukaku||Belgium||Chelsea/Inter Milan||29||60||14||FIFA Club World Cup, Serie A|
|Christopher Nkunku||France||RB Leipzig||25||52||24||DFB Pokal|
Karim Benzema, France | Real Madrid
Karim Benzema has had the best year of his life in 2022 when he almost single-handedly propelled Real Madrid to success in both the UEFA Champions League as well as La Liga in Spain. He led an epic comeback win against PSG with a stunning hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu and also grabbed three goals against Chelsea in the quarter-finals. Benzema also proved decisive in the semi-final tie with Manchester City, thus leading Los Blancos to the final where Vinicius Jr grabbed the only goal of the match against Liverpool.
Having finished as the top-scorer in the Champions League as well as La Liga, the 35-year-old naturally won the prestigious Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career. The year ended on a sour note for him though as he failed to match his form in the league from the previous season and was also omitted from the French squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022 resulting in his international retirement. All of his achievements undoubtedly make him the best striker in the world in 2022.
Robert Lewandowski, Poland | Bayern Munich/FC Barcelona
Second on the list of the best strikers in the world is Polish gunman Robert Lewandowski. One of the most prolific goal-scorers in the modern generation of football, Lewandowski was unfortunate to not win the Ballon d’Or in 2020 when the award was cancelled owing to COVID-19. He was the outright best player of the year on the planet back then but that hasn’t stopped Lewandowski from scripting history.
He has continued to rack up titles after titles with Bayern Munich, including a 10th consecutive Bundesliga victory. Lewandowski also made headlines this summer following his sensational move to Barcelona. Having scored 18 goals and recorded four assists in 19 matches for the Catalan club already, it’s fair to say that he continues to be among the deadliest strikers in the world right now. He has been arguably the most consistent and the best striker in the world for the past few seasons.
Kylian Mbappe, France | Paris Saint-Germain
One of the best players in the world of his generation, Kylian Mbappe is recognised as the true successor to the throne that will be left vacated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. While the French superstar is not exactly a striker in the truest sense, he can pretty much play anywhere in attack and has often been utilised as a striker.
Combining electric pace and a predatory instinct for the goal, Mbappe had a sensational World Cup campaign in Qatar where he finished with the Golden Boot after scoring eight goals, including a hat-trick in the final against Argentina. Although he had to settle for the runners-up medal, Mbappe has already won the World Cup once and is well on his way to breaking all sorts of records in this competition.
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He has also lifted plenty of trophies in France with Paris Saint-Germain but the only silverware that has eluded him so far in his career has been the UEFA Champions League.
Erling Haaland, Norway | Borussia Dortmund/Manchester City
Easily the best stiker in the Premier League right now, Erling Haaland has set the league on fire following his much-anticipated move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City. 24 goals in 18 matches has guaranteed him more than the dream start he needed to capture the attention of the world and Haaland also leads the Premier League Golden Boot race with 18 goals in December!
The Norwegian was also hugely impressive at Borussia Dortmund where he found the back of the net consistently and often stepped up in the big games. He scored 41 goals in 41 appearances in his first full season in the Bundesliga and followed that up with 29 goals in 30 matches the next season. It made him the most sought-after young player in the world and with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez feeding him now, sky is the limit for Haaland.
Harry Kane, England | Tottenham Hotspur
England captain Harry Kane may not have the silverware or trophies in his career to compete with some of the other superstars on this list, but on the value of abilities and talent alone, he is deserving of this position and is easily one of the most complete strikers in the world. Mr. Tottenham Hotspur, of course the suggestion is always apparent that he could’ve gone to any big club in the world and won a boatload of trophies but it is what it is.
With that being said, Kane continues to flourish in the Premier League. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner won his third Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 23 goals in the 2020-21 campaign. He also scored 27 goals in 50 games across all competitions for his club last season before leading England to the final of the European Championship where they lost to Italy.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal | Juventus/Manchester United/Free Agent
Cristiano Ronaldo may have suffered a major decline on the pitch and his recent sacking from Manchester United only drives home the point about how his career is ending on the wrong terms, but with that being said, barely any other name on the planet generates the same fear in front of goal as Ronaldo’s does. Everything said, Ronaldo will always be recognised as one of the best goal-scorers of all time.
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Despite his best years behind him, Ronaldo made a sensational return to the club where he first made a name for himself, Manchester United in 2021. He scored 24 goals and made three assists in 39 matches across all competitions, including scoring on 18 occasions in the Premier League. Even though the recent FIFA World Cup ended on a heart-breaking note, the 37-year-old continues to be the leading goal-scorer in men’s international football with 118 goals.
Ciro Immobile, Italy | Lazio
Having joined Lazio in Italy in 2016, Ciro Immobile has been their most reliable threat in front of goal and goals have flowed consistently from his boot. Having scored more than 180 goals for the Serie A based side, he has also been a regular member of the Italian side and their most trusted number 9. Immobile helped Italy win the European Championship in 2021, beating England on penalties in the final at the Wembley Stadium.
He has been especially prolific over the last two seasons. Immobile scored 20 goals in the 2020-21 campaign and then picked up the Serie A Golden Boot for scoring 27 goals in 2021-22.
Romelu Lukaku, Belgium | Chelsea/Inter Milan
Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea last year didn’t work out the way he’d have expected. The Belgian international failed to match the highs he displayed previously at Internazionale where he led them to the Scudetto. After a failed season at the Stamford Bridge where he also fell out with the manager as well as the club executives, Lukaku now finds himself back in the Serie A with Inter.
Lukaku is also the record goalscorer for Belgium in international football but had a nightmare of a World Cup campaign.
Christopher Nkunku, France | RB Leipzig
Christopher Nkunku is one of the rising stars of world football and the young French attacker has been in plenty of demand lately. The RB Leipzig forward is slowly entering the prime of his career and has been pulling off elite performances on a consistent basis that has led to several top European clubs following him closely.
In 59 appearances for RB Leipzig, Nkunku has scored 41 goals and assisted another 16 to take his total goal involvement to 57. He is also very influential in the build-up phase of the game and commands a dangerous presence on the flank.
Dusan Vlahovic, Serbia | Fiorentina/Juventus
Dusan Vlahovic first made a name for himself as the target man for Fiorentina and his record-breaking goal-scoring prowess in Serie A attracted plenty of attention. This led to a flurry of clubs chasing his signature before he eventually signed for Juventus for big money. During his time in Florence, before his move to Turin, the Serbian striker scored an impressive 49 goals in 108 appearances.
The 22-year-old has scored 20 league goals over the last couple of seasons in Serie A, including a record-breaking 21 goals for Fiorentina in 2020-21.
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Who is the best young striker in the world?
Manchester City’s Erling Haaland is the best young striker in the world.
Who has scored the most goals in 2022?
Kylian Mbappe has scored the most goals for club and country in 2022 and has 55 goals to his name.