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9 of the Greatest No. 9s in Recent World Football History

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9 of the Greatest No. 9s in Recent World Football History
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You know what there aren't a lot of in world football these days?

Traditional No. 9s.

In my opinion, the traditional No. 9 just doesn't exist anymore.

A No. 9 used to be the focal point of the attack; a figurehead, if you will—someone whose job was to stay in and around the box with the sole purpose of scoring goals.

Those kind of players don't exist anymore. Today's strikers are more all-round players than that. They work the channels and interchange with attacking midfielders to create goalscoring opportunities for their teammates.

Even on the rare occasions where a player wears the No. 9 shirt, sometimes he's not a striker.

This list is going to run down nine of the best traditional No. 9s in world football history.

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