Top-10 Forwards of 2020: Messi, Salah, Lewandowski and Ronaldo Ranked


The footballing world had been slowly picking up the pace after the global COVID-19 pandemic. It was difficult for football fans to go through months without football. Big-name clubs like FC Barcelona and Real Madrid were dealing with financial shortcomings.

Major tournaments such as UEFA Champions League, UEFA Nations League missed the most important thing, the fans. However, Bayern Munich were completely dominant in all their competitions.

Bayern won the treble during the 2019-20 season under their “caretaker” coach Hansi Flick.

However, in many countries, safety measures were taken for fighting the pandemic. Thus, no compromise for fun!

Injuries prevailed although there was no problem regarding spending money for transfers. Chelsea had been dominant in the transfer window spending around £250 million.

Hence we at Football Express are going to take a brief look at the top-10 forwards of 2020.

Top-10 forwards of 2020:

2020 has seen the development of some excellent goalscorers in the form of forwards. Some of them have been clinical upfront finding goals literally every match whereas some have lost their form.

Forwards have been mostly given the role of scoring some brilliant goals and creating chances. However, the lack of quality upfront have always been a headache for the underperforming teams.

Anyways, let’s have a look at the top 10 forwards that 2020 has gifted us!

10. Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur, South Korea

One of the best Asian players to play in Europe and probably one of the best playmaker for his club. The 28-year old forward joined Tottenham Hotspur from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for around €22 million.

He became the most expensive Asian signing in the footballing world after this transfer. The rest is history as Son has scored 99 goals in 252 matches for the Lilywhites.

Harry Kane-Son duo has scored 31 goals and requires just 6 goals to break the record of most goals by a pair by Drogba-Lampard pair.

He has also played a major role in South Korea’s form in the 2018 World Cup and 2-0 surprise win over Germany.

Son also won the Puskas award for his wonderful solo goal against Burnley.

9. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid, France

Karim Benzema has been the lone wolf for Real Madrid after the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. However, he was at his prime while playing as the “BBC” (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano).

He had played a crucial role in winning the La Liga during the 2019-20 season. The 33-year-old veteran goalscorer has been well-known for his finishing skills.

Benzema scored 261 goals in 532 matches for Los Galacticos.

However, it has been difficult for him to play for his country. Benzema last played in 2015 for Les Bleus.

However, the veteran is currently Real Madrid’s fifth-best top-scorer in their history.

8. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur, England

Harry Kane is one of the most underrated strikers in the world. The English captain has currently completed double figures in assists and goals this season. He is ranked 8th among the top 10 forwards of 2020.

Son Heung-Min has high praise for the Englishman, with whom he has shared some brilliant goals.

“He is just incredible, when you’re watching him in training or the game he can bring some magic in one second. He is one of the best in the world, definitely.”

Heung-Min Son

The 27-year old forward has scored 204 goals in 310 matches for Tottenham Hotspur. He is known to risk other defenders by fighting for headers. Also, Kane was the top scorer in the 2018 World Cup.

7. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint Germain, France

Kylian Mbappe has enjoyed some brilliant achievements in the world of football. The most notable one is winning the World Cup 2018.

The 22-year-old forward has scored 104 goals in 142 matches for Les Parisiens.

He was one of the most crucial players that helped AS Monaco win the Ligue 1 during the 2016-17 season.

Mbappe is surely living his dreams and it is nearly impossible for a youngster to achieve as much as compared to him.

However, his biggest setback came in the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich as his team lost by 1-0. Still, the youngster has a lot to prove.

6. Sadio Mane – Liverpool, Senegal

Sadio Mane has been a crucial player for Liverpool as well as for his national side.

He has been clinical for Jurgen Klopp’s side scoring 88 goals in 192 appearances.

Mane was also honoured with a golden boot in the 2018-19 season. However, he shared the award with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah.

His partnership with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firminho had been instrumental in Liverpool winning the 2019-20 Premier League.

His early penalty against Tottenham in the CL final 2019 helped the Reds win the Champions League after losing in the final in 2018.

5. Erling Braut Haaland – Borussia Dortmund, Norway

Erling Haaland deserves to be our 5th among the top Forwards of 2020. Haaland name has only one meaning – “Clinical finish and goals”!

The 20-year-old striker is one of the emerging superstars in football. He is one of the players who like to score each day.

His statistics of 29 goals in 27 matches for Red Bull Salzburg and 33 goals in 32 appearances for Borussia Dortmund is sure enough to describe him!

He is even more clinical while playing for Norway. Haaland has scored 6 goals in 7 appearances.

Recently, he recieved the Golden Boy Award 2020 from FIFA.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus, Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo has been the record-breaker for both his club and country. In 2020, he became the fourth ever player to score around 33 goals in Serie A. He is ranked fourth in the top-10 forwards of 2020.

This has been the year Ronaldo successfully completed the margin of 750 total goals. Also, he is the current top goalscorer in international football with 102 goals in 170 matches.

He won UEFA Nations League and Euro Cup on 2019 and 2016 respectively.

Recently, he was named as the Player of the Century at the Globe Soccer Awards.

Ronaldo has been challenging the age and age doesn’t affect his quality of play. Nearly averaging a goal per game, he has been a crucial player for Juventus winning two Serie A championships in a row.

3. Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona, Argentina

For the first time ever in his career, Lionel Messi has scored less than his average goals per season (54). He is ranked as third best from the top-10 forwards of 2020.

Messi now focuses on creating chances and assisting some goals. However, there have been some records broken by the 33-year-old Argentine forward.

Messi recently broke Pele’s record of 643 goals by playing for a single club. He even had his 450th goal in the La Liga while playing for FC Barcelona.

2020 midway had some major events happening concerning Messi. Bartomeu’s exit and speculations of Messi leaving the club and Ronald Koeman appointment as head coach.

However, everything was for good as Messi finally smiled after a win against Real Betis. 2019-20 was a poor season for the Cules following an 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

However, he has been a key player in every match he had played so far. Scoring 10 goals in 18 matches under Koeman, Messi expects a goal-full 2021.

2. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool, Egypt

Mohamed Salah had been an instant hit for Liverpool after his arrival from AS Roma. Jurgen Klopp has found the perfect piece for his “heavy metal” football. He has been ranked as the second-best among the top-10 forwards of 2020.

Salah is one of the players who always finds a way past defenders and finishes it off.

His surprising ball control and speedy play keeps the opponents out of pace.

He even led his country Egypt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018. He has scored 110 goals in 175 matches for Liverpool and 43 goals in 68 appearances for Egypt.

1. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich, Poland

Here’s our best among the top-10 forwards of 2020! Robert Lewandowski is surely the name that is synonymous to “scoring goals”.

He is surely the deserving Best Forward in our list. The 32-year old striker has been the target man for most of the world’s top defenders.

After joining Bayern Munich from rivals Borussia Dortmund, he has improved the most. He has scored 266 goals in 307 appearances for the Munich side.

Recently, he won FIFA’s THE BEST Men Player award after a deserving performance winning the Continental treble with the Bavarians.

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