The Best Centre Forwards of All Time

A wise and pensive Michael Owen once said: “Whichever team scores more goals usually wins.”

He couldn’t have been more right. Football is a game of goals, and no matter how good your team is, a classic centre-forward who can stick them away never goes amiss. But as football develops and managers begin to experiment and attempt to outsmart opponents with revolutionary tactics, the importance of a classic number nine is starting to wane.

Much like rock and roll and the routine of a half-time bovril however, the centre-forward will never die.

Robert Lewandowski is one of the world's best current centre-forwards

Robert Lewandowski is one of the world’s best current centre-forwards / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

How good is it to see one of this rare breed pop up and take such genuine pleasure in smashing a ball into a net with such ruthlessness and contempt for his adversaries? Or batter home a towering header?

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