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Is Fernando Torres the best striker in the world at the moment?
Saturday’s performance at Upton Park, where Fernando scored two goals giving Liverpool another 3 points, was just another demonstration of how well the Spanish guy’s adapted himself to the Premier League.
His first goal against West Ham United was wonderful – it reminded me of his first goal in England, at Anfield against Chelsea, more than two years ago. From the moment he got the ball before getting inside the area, till he netted past Robert Green, he showed most of his innate skills (such as speed or decisiveness when having spaces up front), but he also showed us how he’s developed another skills during the time he’s been with Gerrard, Benayoun and company, e.g. short moves in short spaces that let rivals behind his back in a matter of hundredths.
Considering that British football certainly enhances his playing style, since his performances with Spanish National Team are not as good as they are with Liverpool, would you say he’s the best centre forward in the world these days?
Let’s see some* of his opponents:
1. Luis Fabiano (Sevilla/Brazil) – Porto’s former player is Nike’s new star in their latest ads and has been proclaimed the best forward in the world by some journalists in Brazil and Europe after his last performances against Argentina and with Sevilla in the Spanish League.
2. David Villa (Valencia/Spain) – Chelsea’s offer last summer (around £45m) talks a lot about Torres’ partner in Spain’s attack. Real Madrid chose him before Karim Benzema, but Valencia rejected the proposal and now the EURO 2008 top scorer is the only leader in Unai Emery’s team.
3. Diego Forlán (Atlético/Uruguay) – The Southamerican striker is the current European Golden Shoe after scoring 32 goals last season playing for…..Atlético de Madrid! Spanish fans may know why we underline those three words. Enough said about him.
4. Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan/Cameroon) – ‘Sami’ is still one of the greatest strikers in the world, some say the fastest. He was crucial for Barcelona’s treble, which ended with them beating Manchester United in Rome, where the African man scored the first goal.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona/Sweden) – The most stylish one by far. The Swedish guy, who left Inter to join Barça this summer, is Italian Serie A’s last Capocannoniere. He’s still adapting to Guardiola’s strategies and will surely be key in the Spanish giants’ success this year.
*Other world-class strikers who may struggle with Fernando for this honorary award could be Diego Milito, Didier Drogba, Alexandre Pato or Emmanuel Adebayor. We consider Wayne Rooney as a second striker and that’s why he’s not on the list.