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Is Fernando Torres the best centre forward in the world at the moment?

September 23, 2009

Saturday’s performance at Upton Park, where Fernando scored two goals giving Liverpool another 3 points, was just another demonstration of how well the Spanish guy’s adapted himself to the Premier League.

His first goal against West Ham United was wonderful – it reminded me of his first goal in England, at Anfield against Chelsea, more than two years ago. From the moment the ball before getting inside the area, till he netted past Robert Green, he showed most of his innate skills (such as speed or decisiveness when having spaces up front), but he also showed us how he’s developed another skills during the time he’s been with Gerrard, Benayoun and company, e.g. short moves in short spaces that let rivals behind his back in a matter of hundredths.

Considering that British football certainly enhances his playing style, since his performances with Spanish National Team are not as good as they are with Liverpool, would you say he’s the best centre forward in the world these days?

Let’s see some* of his opponents:

1. Luis Fabiano (Sevilla/Brazil) – Porto’s former player is Nike’s new star in their latest ads and has been proclaimed the best forward in the world by some journalists in Brazil and Europe after his last performances against Argentina and with Sevilla in the Spanish League.

2. David Villa (Valencia/Spain) – Chelsea’s offer last summer (around £45m) talks a lot about Torres’ partner in Spain’s attack. Real Madrid chose him before Karim Benzema, but Valencia rejected the proposal and now the EURO 2008 top scorer is the only leader in Unai Emery’s team.

3. Diego Forlán (Atlético/Uruguay) – The Southamerican striker is the current European Golden Shoe after scoring 32 goals last season playing for…..Atlético de Madrid! Spanish fans may know why we underline those three words. Enough said about him.

4. Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan/Cameroon) – ‘Sami’ is still one of the greatest strikers in the world, some say the fastest. He was crucial for Barcelona’s treble, which ended with them beating Manchester United in Rome, where the African man scored the first goal.

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona/Sweden) – The most stylish one by far. The Swedish guy, who left Inter to join Barça this summer, is Italian Serie A’s last Capocannoniere. He’s still adapting to Guardiola’s strategies and will surely be key in the Spanish giants’ success this year.

6. Didier Drogba (Chelsea/Ivory Coast) – Not in his greatest form, but we all know the good footballer he is. The “hey, it’s a disgrace” man has been one of the best strikers in Europe in the last 4 or 5 years and he was Premier League’s top scorer in 2007.

*Other world-class strikers who may struggle with Fernando for this honorary award could be Diego Milito, Alexandre Pato or Emmanuel Adebayor. We consider Wayne Rooney as a second striker and that’s why he’s not on the list.

Please, tell us your opinion. Who do you think is the best CF at the moment?

Original post in The Third Half.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew Kellet permalink
    September 23, 2009 12:19 pm

    I’m a Liverpool fan, but I think Drogba gives a team more. More physicality up front, a great chance of a goal, and he gets more assists. The difference in each area is marginal though, and Torres is younger and more likeable (i.e. less likely to go ballistic and get himself banned from important games!).

    • September 23, 2009 12:29 pm

      Are you sure you do think Drogba is currently the best centre forward in the world? I can’t believe it. I’m not deffending Torres, but what about Forlán?

  2. September 23, 2009 12:29 pm

    I think Torres is the number one striker in the world at the moment, closely followed by David Villa. Tha Spanish are lucky to have him, as are the Scousers. Without Torres, Liverpool would be out of the top 4 in my eyes.

    But he still looks a bit too much like a girl tho ;-)

    • September 23, 2009 12:30 pm

      and i can help but laugh at Diego Forlan now being one of the worlds great strikers lol! The boys done good in La Liga

      • September 23, 2009 12:43 pm

        LOL Rob! He was the European Golden Shoe back in May, 35 goals. That’s a good number though.

  3. September 23, 2009 12:58 pm

    i know Diego! but he couldnt hit a barn door from ten feet when he played for us

    • September 23, 2009 1:04 pm

      Oh yeah, I know I was missing something hahaha. I didn’t remember he played for Man U and he had that problem with Ferguson. He didn’t have many opportunities at Old Trafford though.

  4. September 23, 2009 4:04 pm

    it’s hard to say because all these strikers deliver something very different to one another. i’d like to see how fabiano would perform with a better club because his strike rate with the national team is phenomenal but that’s mainly because he has players like kaka behind him to deliver him perfect assists! in spain he’s not nearly as dangerous. samu eto’o is one of the best pure finishers in the world but it’ll be easier to judge him this season, watching how he copes without players like iniesta, xavi, henry and messi supplying him with goals. and the opposite goes for ibra! i wonder if he’ll be able to overcome the whole disappearing-act thing with a team that’s built better for champions league. zlatan is unique and one of the best but under-performing in the big games has held him back. he’s had a good start with the club though, scoring once in every league game so far and getting a few assists.

    in the end i think i’d pick torres just because on form, he is definitely the best striker in the premier league and mixed with an on-form gerrard, he’s even more dangerous. he also tops every player listed on heading ability!

  5. Barney permalink
    September 23, 2009 10:00 pm

    surely luis fabiano!!!
    hes so prolific for club and country. good in the air, clinical and possesses the goalscoring instincts (for example a goal he scored in the confederations cup that i specifically remember[possibly the USA]) that are reminiscent of pippo inzaghi – but without the offsides of course.

  6. October 18, 2009 3:51 pm

    Torres is the man and he is the best striker. GUSSWAT…. forget about other striker. by the way did u see how he scored against blackburn.

    • October 18, 2009 3:55 pm

      ya ur right. Torres is the man and no body can play centre foward like him and thats why he is the world best striker.

  7. October 18, 2009 4:08 pm

    i m from bhutan. yeah i know DEIGO,drogba,fabino n lbrahimovic!! But i didnt see them playing like torres and also scored like torres. so from my side torres is the best striker thats all

  8. April 1, 2010 7:31 pm

    chelsea sucks

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