The Greatest Strikers of the 2000s



No.2 Didier Drogba

With his strength, power, pace and determination, Didier Drogba was an absolute warrior of a player, and an absolute nightmare for the majority of defenders who had to lineup against him. His football story is slightly unusual for a player with such an esteemed career, as he was late to the professional game and completely missed out on the daily training regime of a football academy as a youngster. However, having eventually signed a pro-contract with Le Mans he quickly stepped up the French league ladder with moves to Guingamp and Marseille. Impressive single seasons with both would result in interest from a number of clubs across Europe but it was José Mourinho’s Chelsea who won the race to sign him, paying £24m to bring him to Stamford Bridge. It was a huge fee at the time but over the course of the next eight seasons he would more than pay back it back with 100 Premier League goals and a number of fantastic big-match performances that would see him become a talismanic figure for the club.



No.1 Samuel Eto'o

With a deadly blend of pace, power and finishing, Samuel Eto'o was one of the world's greatest strikers of the 2000s. His goalscoring exploits with Barcelona and then Inter would help both clubs to a series of titles, including three Champions League winners medals, three La Liga titles and a Scudetto, and his achievements would see him named African Footballer of the Year Award four times. at USA'94 he smashed his own record as he became the oldest goalscorer at a World Cup tournament when he scored against Russia as a 42 year-old.