Power Ranking the World's Top Strikers on Form

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor INovember 2, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring his 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and Osasuna at Vicente Calderon Stadium on September 24, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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The modern football supporter sees things in black and white: Everything is either better or worse than something else and ambiguity, of course, is a nonexistent concept.

As a consequence, ratings, rankings and comparisons are among the most read pieces on the internet.

It is an extension of traditional football talking points. In the days before everything went digital, they would have been talking points in pubs and bars across the globe. Now, however, with the world at our fingertips, such debates have been transported into the digital realm.

Concepts of "who is better" and the like, of course, shift with time. Recent form will always play heavily in such calculations and, as such, power ranking players on form has become a very popular form of assessing the current lay of the land.

In no area of the pitch is the debate felt more keenly than up front and, as such, strikers are the focus of such comparisons on a frequent basis.

Thus, without further ado, Bleacher Report power ranks eight of the world's top strikers on current form:

8. Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Radamel Falcao of Monaco walks out of the tunnel before the the pre season friendly match between Leicester City and Monaco at The King Power Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Ima
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Ligue 1 2013-14: 8 goals (11 appearances) Past Five League Games: 3 goals

Falcao's pace of goals has slowed down somewhat in recent weeks, albeit that he was sensational in September when he scored five in four games.

The Colombian forward's lack of continental competition also counts against him in the rankings, with the Champions League offering his rivals a regular chance to impress on a more challenging stage.

Falcao, given his scoring record over recent seasons, would no doubt rise up this list once more in coming weeks if it were to be repeated. His recent goalless run of three games is somewhat of an anomaly for a player of his ability.

7. Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Robin Van Persie of Manchester United takes on Glenn Whelan of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Ph
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Premier League 2013-14: 5 goals (8 appearances) Past Five League Games: 3 goals

Manchester United forward van Persie has struggled with minor fitness issues thus far this season. While he has not truly hit top form, he is still scoring at a reasonable rate.

Over the past couple of weeks, the Dutchman has shown signs of returning to form and played a major role in securing vital results for side, despite some disappointing showings in the Premier League.

Van Persie is a match-winner and has proven as much over the course of several Premier League seasons. As United begin to find their stride under David Moyes, he also should find that his form of last year promptly returns.

6. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  Robert Lewandowski looks on during a Borussia Dortmund training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group F match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on October 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Gett
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Bundesliga 2013-14: 9 goals (11 appearances) Past Five League Games: 5 goals

Polish striker Lewandowski has been among Europe's top centre-forwards for some time now and began the current season in similar fashion. His league form has, though, had begun to tail off with three goalless games prior to a hat-trick on Friday night.

He has, though, been excellent in European competition with two important goals in a victory over Marseille, followed up with an all-important goal in an away win at Arsenal.

He was profligate for Poland internationally in recent outings, however, and has not been quite at his usual standards in the Bundesliga. Despite that, he has still been crucial in big games and maintains a more-than-decent scoring record.

5. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on October 27, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Bo
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Premier League 2013-14: 7 goals (8 appearances) Past Five League Games: 3 goals

Argentine Sergio Aguero had a poor season in 2012-13 by his own high standards, scoring just 12 league goals. However, he has hit the ground running this campaign with seven goals in eight games.

Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini has switched to a strike partnership in recent games, allowing Aguero to play off Spaniard Alvaro Negredo, with two of Samir Nasri, David Silva and Jesus Navas behind.

The results have generally been excellent, with Aguero's intelligent movement feeding off Negredo's hold-up play, while a solid midfield base has allowed the creative players to excel and find supply routes.

He is already well on his way to beating last season's goal tally and may even challenge the 23 netted in his first Premier League campaign.

4. Edinson Cavani (PSG)

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - OCTOBER 15: Edinson Cavani (#21) of Uruguay celebrates a goal during a match between Uruguay and Argentina as part of the 18th round of the South American Qualifiers for the FIFA's World Cup Brazil 2014 at Centenario Stadium Stadium
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Ligue 1 2013-14: 9 goals (12 appearances) Past Five League Games: 6 goals

After a slow start to life in Paris, former Napoli star Cavani has grown in stature over recent weeks as PSG themselves finally learn to loosen the shackles under Laurent Blanc.

Playing from the right of a front three, Cavani had got off to a slow start to life in France. However, PSG have now found a system that has provided a minimum of two goals in each of their past six league fixtures. The Uruguayan has played in five of those, scoring at a rate of more than a goal per game.

His talent was never in doubt, nor his capabilities as a goalscorer. PSG have not always got the best out of high-profile attacking players over the past two years but now look to be setting the record straight in that department.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)

Ligue 1 2013-14: 5 goals (11 appearances) Past Five League Games: 3 goals

Ibrahimovic's recent form has provoked many calls for him to be considered for the end-of-year Ballon d'Or award, per Metro, particularly following a sensational four-goal haul against Anderlecht.

The Swede may not be scoring domestically at the same rate as Cavani, but he is the central glue that holds the PSG side together and, when he does score, it tends to be in some way ostentatious and elaborate.

There are very few players in the world capable of doing half of what Zlatan can, but it does not mean that he has been the best player in the world—or even the best striker in recent weeks.

He has been truly excellent, both as a creative force and a goalscorer, but there have been better.

2. Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on October 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Premier League 2013-14: 6 goals (4 appearances)

How would Luis Suarez's return affect Daniel Sturridge? It was the big question on everybody's lips during the Uruguayan's early-season suspension. The answer has been emphatically positive.

Not only has Sturridge maintained his own personal good form at the start of the current campaign, but Suarez has joined in on the act. The Premier League has a number of in-form forwards, but none can claim to have been quite as influential as Suarez in recent weeks.

He has scored six times in his four league appearances, adding an assist, and earned the WhoScored Man of the Match award on three of those outings. In those four games, Liverpool have managed an impressive 12 goals.

He may not be everybody's favourite player for his mannerisms and actions, but there can be no denying that Suarez is a world-class player who has been in sublime form ever since his return.

1. Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 27:  Diego Costa (4th L) of Atletico de Madrid is congratulated by David Villa and team-mates after scoring their team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis Balompieat at Vicente Cald
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La Liga 2013-14: 11 goals (10 appearances) Past Five League Games: 6 goals

Brazilian forward Diego Costa finds himself at the centre of a major media storm at present, having turned his back on his homeland to represent Vicente del Bosque's Spain, per the Daily Mail.

On the pitch, though, he has been the best striker in Europe this season, showing exactly why he is being so sought-after at international level with wonderful displays of all-round forward play.

Costa is a very modern centre-forward, combining strength and speed with technical abilities greater than what was typical of target men just a few years ago. He can play both as a No. 9 and in any deeper role across the attacking midfield three in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

His range of goals has been mightily impressive and, thus far, he would appear to be keeping himself better disciplined this campaign. His goalscoring rate is phenomenal, too, and he currently sits ahead of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the Spanish top scorer charts.


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