We are searching for the top forward in Europe over the last three years and we have narrowed the field down to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Diego Milito, Samuel Eto’o, Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edin Dzeko, and David Villa. These are the top eight forwards in Europe in my opinion. Now that we have looked at their club form on a domestic and continental level, let’s see how they have fair when representing their county. We might as well cut to the chase and look at the 2010 World Cup. There is no way I am calling someone the top forward in Europe if they didn’t show me something this summer in South Africa.
David Villa 5 goals in 7 matches
Samuel Eto’o 2 goals in 3 matches
Cristiano Ronaldo 1 goal in 4 matches
Lionel Messi 0 goals in 4 matches
Diego Milito 0 goals in 4 matches
Wayne Rooney 0 goals in 4 matches
Zlatan Ibrahimovic N/A
Edin Dzeko N/A
Not playing in the World Cup is going to get you axed from this list. I realize this might be harsh but I think we can all agree that to be a top player, and to be recognized as such, you need some luck along the way. If your club team doesn’t qualify for the Champions League and your national team doesn’t qualify for the World Cup you are just plain unlucky. Using the list above I have no qualms about taking Dzeko, Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Milito, Messi, and Ronaldo off the list. I this might seem crazy but to be the best you must perform at the highest level.
That leaves us with David Villa and Samuel Eto’o. The Ewing Index is proud to announce that the best forward in Europe over the past 3 years has been.......