Today we present Sportzwiki’s Top 5 strikers in 2014. Cristiano Ronaldo heroics helped Real Madrid win the UEFA Champions League last season. Lionel Messi ended up scoring 41 goals last season, despite being injured for a long time. Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City clinch the Premier League title. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge formed a commendable partnership, breaking all records and to take back Liverpool where they belong. So take a look at the top 5 strikers in the past 12 months.
5) Daniel Sturridge-Liverpool
At number 5 of our top 5 strikers in 2014 list is England international Daniel Sturridge. The 25-year-old might be one of the most underrated strikers in the world. Even after missing a lot of games due to injury last season, Sturridge ended up scoring 21 goals in just 29 league appearances. Sturridge scored 36 goal for Liverpool in 52 appearances since joining them in January last year. Sturridge was the runner-up in last season’s Premier League Golden Boot, behind strike former partner Luis Suarez. Sturridge also became the first Liverpool player to score in eight consecutive Premier League games.
4) Sergio Aguero-Manchester City
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City is at number four of our top 5 strikers in 2014 list. The Argentine international helped Manchester City to win the Barclays Premier League title last season, scoring 17 goals in 23 appearances. He ended up scoring 28 goals in all competitions. The Argentine international is one of the most clinical strikers in the Premier League and if he manages to stay fit for the rest of the season he might break all goal scoring records.
3) Lionel Messi-Barcelona
One of the best strikers of all time Lionel Messi is at number three of our top 5 strikers in 2014 list. There is nothing left to be said about Lionel Messi. Even after missing seven games due to injury last season, Messi ended up scoring 28 goals in 31 league appearances. Messi scored 41 goals in all competitions. Lionel Messi had a brilliant World Cup too, Argentina lost to Germany in the finals of the World Cup. Messi also won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball award for leading his team to the finals.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo-Real Madrid
2nd on the list of top 5 strikers in 2014 is former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo has been in brilliant form this year for UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 19 goals in 12 games this season. The Portugal star won the Fifa Ballon D’Or last season and will be looking to win it once again this year. Ronaldo was also awarded the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. Ronaldo has scored 20 La Liga hat-tricks till now, two away from breaking Telmo Zarra and Alfredo Di Stéfano’s record.
1) Luis Suarez-Barcelona
Luis Suarez completed a £75m move to La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer. The former Liverpool star scored 31 goals for Liverpool last season, despite missing the first six games, winning the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, Barclays Premier League Player of the Year, Barclays Premier League Golden boot Winner and European Golden Boot award. Luis Suarez is also the all time leading goal scorer of Uruguay. According to the BBC, Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick every 20.3 Premier League games, “the best rate of all 46 players to have scored more than one treble” in league. Suarez also became the first player to score three hat-tricks against the same club in the Premier League. Suarez also became the fastest player to score 20 goals in a season in the Premier League history.