Zlatan, Tevez and the Most Successful Multi-League Strikers in Football

Sam Pilger@sampilgerContributing Football WriterJanuary 16, 2014

Zlatan, Tevez and the Most Successful Multi-League Strikers in Football

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    The concept of the one-club man appears to have been lost forever in the modern game. 

    It is increasingly likely players, and especially strikers, will instead have shorter spells at clubs and move more frequently to other clubs and countries. 

    Here we rank the world's best multi-league strikers currently playing today. 

    The criteria was they had to have played in at least three different countries, and then they are ranked on the basis of the success they have enjoyed throughout their careers. 

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    You simply can’t compete with Zlatan Ibrahimovic when it comes to the sheer volume and quality of clubs he has passed through.

    Over the last fifteen years the Swede has played for seven teams in five different countries across Europe.

    But it is the size of the clubs Ibrahimovic has starred for that really sets him apart from his contemporaries.

    After beginning in his native Sweden with Malmo he made his first move to Holland’s biggest club Ajax where he won two Dutch titles and a Dutch Cup between 2001 and 2004.

    Ibrahimovic also boasts the complete set of having played for Italy’s three biggest clubs, Juventus, Milan and Inter, where over the course of seven seasons he won an incredible six Serie A titles.

    The striker left Italy for a year with Barcelona in the 2009-10 season where he collected a La Liga title.

    He is now currently playing in his fifth country with Paris Saint-Germain where he won the French title last season.

2. Samuel Eto'o

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    Real Madrid must still be cursing themselves for allowing the prolific Cameroon striker to slip through their grasp.

    Since leaving Madrid, Eto’o has become one of the best strikers in the world with eight teams in four countries.

    He came through the youth ranks at the Bernabeu, but only appeared for the first team three times in three years as he was loaned out to Leganes, Espanyol and Real Mallorca.

    In 2000 he made the move to Real Mallorca permanent and proceeded to score 69 goals in the next four years and help them win the Copa del Rey in 2003. 

    Real Madrid’s great rivals Barcelona lured him back to the Spanish mainland in 2004, where he enjoyed his best years, scoring a total of 129 goals and winning three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and another Copa del Rey.

    In 2009 he moved to Italy to join Inter Milan and in just two seasons his 53 goals helped win a Serie A title, two Italian Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

    Eto’o moved to Russia for a new challenge with Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011 and though the goals continued to flow, it didn’t bring him any more trophies.

    Last summer Eto’o arrived in England, the fourth country of his career to play under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

3. Carlos Tevez

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    On the eve of his 30th birthday Tevez has already crammed a lot into his trophy-laden career, which has seen him play for six teams in four countries across two continents.

    The Argentinian began at his beloved Boca Juniors in 2001 and over the course of three years won the Primera Division Apertura, the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.

    In 2004 he moved across the border to Brazil to spend two years at Corinthians, winning the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2005.

    After two years in Brazil he moved to the Premier League with West Ham where he had to battle against relegation, but earned himself a move to Manchester United in the summer of 2007.

    In two seasons at Old Trafford he won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, a League Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson before moving to their rivals Manchester City in 2009.

    Tevez enjoyed his most prolific form at the Etihad stadium with 59 goals in 113 games, and helped City win the Premier League title in 2012, as well as the FA Cup in 2011.

    Last year he moved to his fourth country and began a so-far-successful spell with Juventus.

4. Didier Drogba

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    One of the best strikers of the last decade, the Ivorian has played for six different teams in four countries over two continents.

    For the first five years of his career Drogba was an unremarkable striker in France for first Le Mans and then Guingamp.

    In the summer of 2003 he earned a move to Marseille and began to be noticed by scoring 32 goals in 55 games.

    It persuaded Chelsea to pay a club record fee of £24 million for him in 2004, which heralded the start of an era of unprecedented success for both Drogba and the South London club.

    Together they won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups. In Drogba’s final game for Chelsea he helped them beat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League final in 2012. 

    Drogba then had a brief spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua before returning to Europe to join Galatasaray in Turkey.

    Last season Drogba helped his new club win the Turkish league.

5. Radamel Falcao

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    The Colombian striker has amassed nearly 200 career goals as he has made his way through five clubs in five countries over two continents since his professional debut fourteen years ago.

    He began in his native Colombia with Lanceros Boyaca before moving to River Plate aged only 15.

    In the Argentine capital he developed in to a fine striker scoring 34 goals in 90 games, and helped win the Argentine Primeria Division in 2008. 

    In the summer of 2009 Falcao moved to Europe to join Porto. The goals continued to flow there with 41 in 51 games over two seasons, which saw him collect the Portuguese title in 2011, the Portuguese Cup in 2010 and 2011, and the UEFA Cup in 2011.  

    In 2011 Falcao moved to Atletico Madrid where his goal scoring feats of 52 goals in just 67 games saw him win the UEFA Cup in 2012 and the Copa del Rey last season.

    Now acknowledged as one of the leading strikers in the world, AS Monaco brought Falcao to France last summer for a transfer fee of around £51 million.