The 20 Best Center Forwards in the World 2024

Best Center Forwards in the World 2024: In football, the attacking position is very important, and we want to make a list of the best forwards in the world. We know that we can’t include every talented player, but we’ll focus on selecting the most determined ones.

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Who is the Best Center Forwards in the World?

In the past, there were some amazing center forwards who were really good at scoring goals, keeping the ball, and helping their teammates score. They are remembered as some of the best players in football history.


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How do we decide who the best center forwards in the world are?

When deciding who the best center forwards are, we look at many different things. Of course, scoring goals is important, but we also consider other things like how well they help their teammates score, how they defend, and how they help their team attack. By looking at all these things, we can see how skilled a striker really is.

Goals Scored60%
Assists30%
Impact on the Game30%

Best Center Forwards in the World 2024

In this ranking, we do include attacking players who are not pure center forwards but are attacking players.


20. Julián Álvarez

  • Date of Birth/Age: Jan 31, 2000 (23)
  • Place of Birth: Argentina Calchín
  • Height: 1,70 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Julian Alvarez is a young soccer player from Argentina who has not yet had the opportunity to show his skills in international games. He is seen as a promising player for the future. He is 23 years old and played an important role in Argentina’s success in the World Cup by scoring 4 goals during the tournament.

In the 2022/23 season, Julian Alvarez played for Manchester City F.C. and did really well. He scored 17 goals and assisted 5 times in 49 games. At first, he was a backup player, but he played so well that he might get more chances to play in the future.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Premier League3191
Champions League1032
FA Cup532
EFL Cup21
Community Shield11
TOTAL49175

19. Richarlison

  • Date of Birth/Age: May 10, 1997 (25)
  • Place of Birth: Brazil Nova Venécia
  • Height: 1,84 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

According to Everton’s manager Ancelotti, Richarlison is an excellent soccer player who can perform various roles on the field and works hard during games. Ancelotti stated that Richarlison possesses the strength of a midfielder, along with speed and impressive goal-scoring abilities. In summary, Richarlison is an outstanding all-around player.

This season, Richarlison played in 35 games for Tottenham Hotspur and helped his team by scoring 3 goals and giving 4 assists. He’s known for being fast, good with the ball, and able to score goals.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Premier League2714
Champions League62
FA Cup1
EFL Cup1
TOTAL3534

18. Marcus Thuram

  • Date of Birth/Age: Aug 6, 1997 (25)
  • Place of Birth: Italy Parma
  • Height: 1,92 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Marcus Thuram is a skilled soccer player who plays in the center-forward position. He has display his exceptional abilities in several games and has earned a reputation as a standout player. Many individuals consider him to be among the top center-forwards globally at the moment.

This season, Thuram played for Borussia Monchengladbach and did pretty well. He scored 16 goals and helped with 7 assists in 32 games in all the competitions.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Bundesliga30136
DFB-Pokal231
TOTAL32167

17. Ollie Watkins

  • Date of Birth/Age: Dec 30, 1995 (27)
  • Place of Birth: England Torquay
  • Height: 1,80 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Aston Villa paid £28 million in 2020 to sign Ollie Watkins, which was the most they had ever paid for a player. He’s a very good center-forward and has had an impressive career so far, especially during his time playing for Aston Villa in the 2020/2021 season.

In the 2022/2023 season, Ollie Watkins played in 40 games for Aston Villa and scored 16 goals. He also helped his teammates by making 6 assists.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Premier League37156
EFL Cup21
FA Cup1
TOTAL40166

16. Amine Gouiri

  • Date of Birth/Age: Feb 16, 2000 (23)
  • Place of Birth: France Bourgoin-Jallieu
  • Height: 1,81 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Amine Gouiri is a center-forward who currently plays for Stade Rennais FC, and there is a lot of optimism about his future prospects. He has already displayed considerable potential during his career, and many believe that he will continue to develop and become an exceptional player.

This season, Gouiri played in 47 games for Stade Rennais FC and scored 17 goals. He also helped his teammates by making 8 assists. He’s also known as one of the most promising young talents in soccer.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Ligue 136155
Europa League723
UECL Qualifiers2
Coupe de France2
TOTAL47178

15. Rasmus Højlund

  • Date of Birth/Age: Feb 4, 2003 (20)
  • Place of Birth: Denmark Copenhagen
  • Height: 1,91 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Rasmus Højlund is a Danish professional soccer player who currently plays as a center-forward for Atalanta BC. He’s usually considered to be one of the best center-forwards in the world.

In the 2022/23 season, Højlund played in 42 games for Atalanta BC and scored 16 goals. He also helped his teammates by giving 7 assists.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Serie A3294
Bundesliga532
Champions League Qu.21
Italy Cup21
ÖFB-Cup121
TOTAL42167

14. Ivan Toney

  • Date of Birth/Age: Mar 16, 1996 (27)
  • Place of Birth: England Northampton
  • Height: 1,85 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Ivan Toney is an English soccer player who plays as a center-forward for Brentford in the English Premier League. He’s had a really good career so far, especially during the 2020/2021 season.

In the 2022/2023 season, Toney played 35 games for Brentford in all competitions and scored 21 goals. He also helped his teammates by giving 5 assists.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Premier League33204
EFL Cup211
TOTAL35215

13. Jonathan David

  • Date of Birth/Age: Jan 14, 2000 (23)
  • Place of Birth: United States Brooklyn, New York
  • Height: 1,75 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Jonathan David is a Canadian soccer player who started scoring goals regularly when he was only 18 years old, after his debut for Gent. He scored 12, 18, 13, and 15 goals in his first four full league seasons. His ability to score goals was important in helping Lille win the Ligue 1 title in his first season in France. He has been in great form for Les Dogues in the last two years, making him one of the best strikers in the world.

In the 2022/2023 season, Jonathan David had an outstanding performance, scoring 26 goals and providing 4 assists in 26 league appearances for Lille. He’s a skilled striker who can use both feet and adapt to different positions on the field. His impressive performance has put him on the radar of top clubs for a potential transfer in the near future.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Ligue 137244
Coupe de France32
TOTAL40264

12. Gonçalo Ramos

  • Date of Birth/Age: Jun 20, 2001 (21)
  • Place of Birth: Portugal Olhão
  • Height: 1,85 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Gonçalo Ramos is a young center-forward from Portugal who plays for Benfica in the Primeira Liga. He has shown a lot of potential in his career so far, especially during the 2020/2021 season.

In the 2022/2023 season, Ramos played in 47 matches for Benfica and scored an impressive 27 goals while also providing 12 assists. His performance was outstanding, and he played a vital role in his team’s success.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Liga Portugal30197
Champions League1033
Champions League Qu.442
Taça de Portugal2
Allianz Cup11
TOTAL472712

11. Darwin Núñez

  • Date of Birth/Age: Jun 24, 1999 (23)
  • Place of Birth: Uruguay Artigas
  • Height: 1,87 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Liverpool bought a new soccer player from Uruguay in the summer to replace another player, Sadio Mane, who went to Bayern Munich. The new player hasn’t played very well yet, but he did score a nice goal by kicking the ball backward in the first game of the season against Fulham.

In the 2022/2023 season, Núñez played in 42 matches for Liverpool FC and scored 15 goals and helped with 4 other goals. He’s still young, but he’s already been doing well in his career and has the potential to keep getting better.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Premier League2993
Champions League84
FA Cup21
EFL Cup21
Community Shield11
TOTAL42154

10. Dusan Vlahovic

  • Date of Birth/Age: Jan 28, 2000 (23)
  • Place of Birth: Yugoslavia (Republic) Belgrad
  • Height: 1,90 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

When Vlahovic joined Juventus in January, the fans were very excited because he had scored a lot of goals for Fiorentina before. He’s still young, only 23 years old, but he has the potential to become a great player and maybe even win the Ballon d’Or award.

In the 2022/2023 season, Vlahovic played in 42 matches for Juventus in the Italian league, and he scored 14 goals and helped with 4 more goals. He played very well, and now people think he could become one of the best young center-forwards in the world.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Serie A27102
Europa League831
Champions League511
Italy Cup2
TOTAL42144

9. Lautaro Martínez

  • Date of Birth/Age: Aug 22, 1997 (25)
  • Place of Birth: Argentina Bahía Blanca
  • Height: 1,74 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

The Argentine soccer player is now 25 years old and playing his best. He’s really fast and can shoot the ball really hard, and he scored three goals in his first five games in the Italian league. Even though he’s not very tall, many Premier League clubs are interested in him. He just needs to face the best defenses in England and show that he’s a great striker.

Martínez played in 57 games for Inter Milan in the 2022/2023 season, and he scored 28 goals and helped with 11 more goals. He’s still young, but he’s already been doing well in his career and has the potential to keep getting better.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Serie A38217
Champions League1333
Italy Cup531
Supercoppa Italiana11
TOTAL572811

8. Victor Osimhen

  • Date of Birth/Age: Dec 29, 1998 (24)
  • Place of Birth: Nigeria Lagos
  • Height: 1,86 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Napoli paid a lot of money to get Victor Osimhen in 2020, and even though he hasn’t scored as many goals as they might have hoped, he still plays a very important role on the team. He’s fast and can get past the other team’s defense, which makes him a big threat.

In the 2022/2023 season, Osimhen played in 39 games for Napoli and scored an amazing 31 goals while helping with 5 more goals. He played really well and has the potential to become one of the best strikers in the world.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Serie A32265
Champions League65
Italy Cup1
TOTAL39315

7. Harry Kane

  • Date of Birth/Age: Jul 28, 1993 (29)
  • Place of Birth: England London
  • Height: 1,88 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Harry Kane is a really good soccer player and is currently ranked as the 7th best center-forward in the world. He’s really good at helping his teammates score goals, and he’s also great at scoring himself. He had an amazing season with Tottenham Hotspur and scored more goals than anyone else in the Premier League.

In the 2022/2023 season, Kane played in 49 games for Tottenham Hotspur and scored 32 goals while helping with 5 more goals. He played well and was the second-best scorer and assist provider in the Premier League.

On August 12, 2023, Harry Kane joined Bayern Munich in a historic deal, becoming the most expensive signing in Bundesliga history at €100 million plus €10 million in bonuses. The agreement was reached between Bayern Munich and Tottenham on August 10, and Kane agreed to personal terms before flying to Munich the next day.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Premier League38303
Champions League812
FA Cup21
EFL Cup1
TOTAL49325

6. Romelu Lukaku

  • Date of Birth/Age: May 13, 1993 (29)
  • Place of Birth: Belgium Antwerpen
  • Height: 1,91 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Romelu Lukaku came back to Chelsea in 2021 for a really high transfer fee of £100m, even though it’s not usually recommended to make such a move. But he had a hard time playing well under Thomas Tuchel, even though he had been one of the best players in the world when he was at Inter Milan. He used to get criticized when he played for Manchester United, but he’s been doing well in England for the last two years.

In the 2022/2023 season, Lukaku played for Inter Milan in 37 games andscored 14 goals, and by providing 7 assists. He’s also a really important player for the Belgium national team and has scored 72 goals in 106 games.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Serie A25106
Champions League831
Italy Cup41
Supercoppa Italiana
TOTAL37147

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Date of Birth/Age: Feb 5, 1985 (39)
  • Place of Birth: Portugal Funchal
  • Height: 1,87 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo, a famous football player who is almost 39 years old, had an amazing season despite not being able to help his team Al Nassr to win a major league title. He played for the team Juventus in Italy during the 2020/2021 season and scored the most goals in the league, with 29 goals in 33 games. In the 2022-2023 season, he has scored 17 goals in all the games he has played.

Although some people might disagree on where Cristiano Ronaldo ranks among the best center forwards, it’s important to acknowledge that he is the oldest player on the list. It’s quite remarkable that he can still perform so well at his age, which is almost 39 years old. In fact, it’s never been done before in football history.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Saudi Pro League16142
Premier League101
Europa League622
King’s Cup2
Saudi Super Cup1
TOTAL35175

4. Karim Benzema

  • Date of Birth/Age: Dec 19, 1987 (35)
  • Place of Birth: France Lyon
  • Height: 1,85 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Karim Benzema was a really important player for Real Madrid’s attack in the 2022/23 season, even though he’s 35 years old. But now he left the club and plays for Al-Ittihad Club in Saudi Arabia. He used to be the main player who tried to score goals when Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t there anymore.

During the 2022-2023 season, Benzema scored 31 goals in all the games he played. This shows how much he helped the team do well. For a long time, he was a very important player for Real Madrid, and people think he’s one of the best goal-makers in the world. Even though he’s getting older, he still plays well and helps his new team score points.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
LaLiga24193
Champions League1041
Copa del Rey541
Supercopa22
UEFA Super Cup11
Club World Cup111
TOTAL43316

3. Robert Lewandowski

  • Date of Birth/Age: Aug 21, 1988 (34)
  • Place of Birth: Poland Warszawa
  • Height: 1,85 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Robert Lewandowski is considered to be the best center-forward in the world because he has scored a lot of goals this season. He has scored 33 goals in 46 games for Barcelona in the 2022/2023 season. Many people think he is one of the greatest strikers in history because of his talent for scoring goals.

Lewandowski’s impressive performance has made him very popular and admired. He is praised by many people for his amazing skills as a center forward.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
LaLiga34237
Champions League55
Copa del Rey32
Europa League21
Supercopa221
TOTAL46338

2. Kylian Mbappé

  • Date of Birth/Age: Dec 20, 1998 (24)
  • Place of Birth: France Bondy
  • Height: 1,78 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Kylian Mbappé is usually known for playing as a winger in football. However, due to some of his teammates being absent, he had to change his position to a center forward. He has played as a center forward before, but recently he has been playing there more often.

In the 2022/2023 season, Mbappé played in 43 league games for Paris Saint-Germain, and he scored 41 goals and assisted 10 times. He also played for the France national team in the FIFA World Cup 2022, where he scored 10 goals in just 7 games. Mbappé has done so well in this position that now he considers being one of the best center forwards in the world.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Ligue 134296
Champions League873
Coupe de France151
TOTAL434110

1. Erling Haaland

  • Date of Birth/Age: Jul 21, 2000 (22)
  • Place of Birth: England Leeds
  • Height: 1,95 m
  • Position: Centre-Forward

Erling Braut Haaland is a young and talented football player who did really well in the last season with Manchester City F.C., especially in the Premier League. Because of his great performance, he has been named the best center forward in the world. He scored a total of 48 goals, which is more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.

In the 2022/2023 season, Haaland has scored 36 goals and given 8 assists in 35 games for Manchester City F.C. in the Premier League. He also scored 12 goals in just 11 games in the UEFA Champions League. In total, he scored 52 goals in the 2022/23 season which is the most by any player.


CompetitionMatchesGoalsAssists
Premier League35368
Champions League11121
FA Cup43
EFL Cup21
Community Shield1
TOTAL535252

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