OnFootball selects its greatest football adverts over the years:
Nike- ‘Secret Tournament’
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With Michael Owen’s recent retirement leading many to believe he never quite reached his potential as a footballer, here are 10 other examples of great talents who never quite reached the heights many expected of them. Can you think of any others? Read the rest of this entry →
On Thursday night Inter Milan hosted Spurs at the San Siro in an intriguing contest that saw the North London side eventually prevail on away goals in their Europa League clash. For all the non-stop action and high-quality football, though, one man stood out from the rest; a colossus of a player who, a few months from turning 40, looks and plays like he’s 15 years younger.
That man is Javier Zanetti.
The Argentinian shone throughout the game with an incredible appetite to win and a relentless energy and quality about his game. He is an impeccable footballer who never puts a foot wrong, but is also very effective creatively when he needs to be. Equally comfortable at left-back, right-back or in a holding midfield role, he is very similar in style to the superb former Italy international Gianluca Zambrotta, but even better. Frankly, on Thursday’s evidence, he remains one of the best full-backs in world football. This was not just a one-off ‘rolling back the years’ display however; he has been superb all season at Nerazzurri. Read the rest of this entry →
OnFootball looks at the 10 best strikers on the planet currently (in no particular order).
This list excludes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who, frankly, are just freaks of nature and barely even have a position.
ROBIN VAN PERSIE
Age: 29 Club: Man Utd Country: Holland (31 goals/71 caps)
The Dutchman is arguably the most lethal finisher around at the moment, and his United career has just carried on from where he left off at Arsenal. Although not the quickest, he is an excellent target man, scores headers, free-kicks, volleys and possesses a wand of a left foot. He is at his absolute peak right now and looks the favourite to finish the season as Premier League top scorer for a 2nd consecutive season.
Age: 24 Club: Man City Country: Argentina (16/41)
The diminutive Argentinian is a superb footballer. Although only small (5ft 8in), he is built like an Ox, and his low centre of gravity running style makes him almost impossible to deal with at times. He is a wonderful finisher but also a great team player, constantly working hard and creating for others. Mario Balotelli needs to take a leaf out of his book. Still only 24, he is part of a frightening Argentina attacking unit that will make them genuine contenders at the 2014 World Cup. His title-winning goal for City last season will make him a legend at the club forever.
Age: 26 Club: Atl Madrid Country: Colombia (15/41)
Falcao is the most in-demand striker on the planet at the moment, and he is simply a goal machine. The Colombian’s goals have kept Atletico sandwiched between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the table, but will he still be at the club after the January transfer window? Chelsea look strong favourites to sign him, with the out-of-sorts Fernando Torres going the other way, but they will have to spend around £50 million to get acquire his services. His hat-trick against them in the Super Cup was sensational.
Age: 25 Club: Liverpool Country: Uruguary (30/60)
The controversial Uruguayan is in sensational form at present, and leads the scorers standings in the Premier League. Sadly his antics on the pitch can sometimes overshadow what a special talent he is. He has almost been a one-man team at times for Liverpool this season. His ability to weave past defenders and create chances for himself is almost unrivalled, and if he was as lethal in front of goal as Van Persie he would be scoring phenomenal amounts. At 25 he is still a few years from his prime, and with the giants of European football keeping a close eye on him you wonder how long Liverpool can keep hold of such a world-class player.
Age: 24 Club: Real Madrid Country: France (15/54)
Benzema is a silky, classy striker who is really beginning to come of age at Real Madrid. He now leads the line for France too, and his lightning turn of pace of crisp finishes are his trademark. He also has an eye for the spectacular, as his goal against Ajax recently showed. The one thing he lacks is consistency, but that will come with age. He is one of the most elegant strikers in the business.
Age: 25 Club: Napoli Country: Uruguay (13/45)
Cavani has been one of the most deadly finishers in the world over the last couple of seasons now, and his partnership with Suarez at international level is devastating. He has scored 33 goals in both of the last two seasons for Napoli, and already has 14 in 15 this season. Like Van Persie, his height means he can play the target man role to great effect, but he also possesses pace to get in behind the defence. Along with Falcao he is arguably the most sought-after striker in the game at the moment.
Age: 27 Club: Man Utd Country: England (32/78)
Some may argue that Rooney is now slowly becoming an attacking midfielder, but he can still play as a striker better than most. Although not always the most consistent, particularly for England, he has sublime natural ability, with a great range of passing and a wonderful touch. Unless something drastic happens to his form he will go on to become England’s all-time record goalscorer. His combination with Van Persie in United’s attack could be the catalyst to them regaining the Premier League title this season.
Age: 24 Club: Real Madrid Country: Argentina (19/30)
Higuain is a class act. Like Benzema, his Madrid teammate, he is now really beginning to show his true potential. He is not always a starter at the Bernabeu, normally alternating up front with Benzema, but he invariably scores when he plays. For Argentina his strike-rate so far is superb, and there will be many more goals to come. Rumours have surfaced that he may leave Madrid, and if he does move on he will have the cream of the crop vying for his signature. Only 24, he should get better and better in the next couple of years.
Age: 30 Club: Barcelona Country: Spain (53/85)
Having suffered a shocking broken leg last year there are murmurs that Villa is not quite the player he was. Even if that is the case, it is criminal for him not to make the list. He has been the most consistent goalscorer in the world over the last 5 or 6 years, becoming Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer in the process. Until his injury he had scored at least 20 goals a season since 2002. When he eventually hangs up his boots he will remembered as a true great of Spanish football and one of the best strikers of his generation.
Age: 31 Club: PSG Country: Sweden (39/85)
The most enigmatic, infuriating but gifted striker on the planet. Ibrahimovic was once a very inconsistent, high-maintenance player but his game, and attitude, have gone up a notch over the last few seasons. His constant tantrums have lessened with age, and he is now the talisman for club and country. His four goals against England recently were magnificent, with his fourth strike one of the greatest goals in living memory. That was the night many stood up and appreciated just how good Ibrahimovic is. His touch is absurdly good, and his physical presence is often underrated. If he’d always played to this level and scored at his current rate he would go down as one of the best players of the last 20 years, as it is he just has to settle for being one of best of his generation.
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