Ranking Russia's 5 Greatest World Cup Strikers

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Ranking Russia's 5 Greatest World Cup Strikers
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While Russia will look to the likes of Aleksandr Kokorin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov to bag their goals this month, they will be following in the footsteps of some of their country’s most celebrated players.

Since their first World Cup appearance as the Soviet Union in 1958, names have been written into folklore, from iconic goalkeeper Lev Yashin to all-time leading goalscorer Oleg Blokhin.

But on the biggest stage of all, finding the back of the net has always been key, and often one player has been the difference between success and failure.

So ahead of their Group H opener with South Korea, we take a look at their five greatest World Cup strikers, both as the USSR and as Russia following devolution in 1991.

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