Football has produced many great footballers right from different leagues across the world in the last decades, in this present generation we have seen Many talented NUMBER NINE, players like Haaland, Lewandowski, Lukaku, Gabriel Jesus, Firmino, and other professional strikers of this time.
Ronaldo (Brazil): Nicknamed O Fenômeno (‘The Phenomenon’) and R9, he is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. As a multi-functional striker who brought a new dimension to the position, Ronaldo has been an influence for a generation of strikers that have followed. His individual accolades include being named FIFA World Player of the Year three times and winning two Ballon d’Or awards.
Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals and is the third-highest goalscorer for his national team. At age 17, he was the youngest member of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo received the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament after he helped Brazil reach the final, where he suffered a convulsive fit hours before kick-off. He won the 2002 FIFA World Cup, starring in a front three with Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. He scored twice in the final and received the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top goalscorer.
Johan Cruyff: At club level, Cruyff started his career at Ajax, where he won eight Eredivisie titles, three European Cups, and one Intercontinental Cup, where he had two assists in the final. In 329 matches for Ajax, he scored 257 goals and provided more than 170 assists. In 1973, he moved to Barcelona for a world record transfer fee, helping the team win La Liga in his first season and winning the Ballon d’Or. In 180 official matches for Barcelona, he scored 60 goals and provided 83 assists. After retiring from playing in 1984, Cruyff became highly successful as manager of Ajax and later Barcelona.
Cruyff won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Cruyff was a proponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels at Ajax. Generally regarded as one of the most influential figures in modern football, he is considered as both one of the best players and greatest managers in the history of the sport.
Marco van Basten: With more than 300 goals in a high-profile career, Marco played his last match in 1993, at the age of 28, due to an injury which forced his retirement two years later. Van Basten was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992 and won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1992.
Gerd Muller : The West Germany striker amassed an incredible tally of 68 goals in 62 games for his country, winning the 1972 European Championship and the 1974 World Cup.
** Alfredo Di Stefano:** Argentine striker scored an impressive total of 90 goals in just 102 matches, before achieving similar results in Spain, notching up 216 goals in just 282 appearances for Madrid.