Author: Akinshilo Ayomide Updated: on Facebook Send via email Share on Facebook Send via email The world has had its share of great and complete strikers but which of them has worn the jersey number 9 with the most distinction? For a list complied by NAIJ.com, the likes of Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Johann Cruyff miss out because they are not synonymous with the number. Modern greats like Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres cruelly miss out on our super list. READ ALSO: Maradona, Okocha, 3 other legends who are ICONS of jersey no.10 1. Ronaldo De Lima Regarded by many as the greatest number center forward ever. De Lima, the original Ronaldo was known for his dribbling skills and ability to score in impossible situations. The Brazilian could have achieved more but his career was hampered by injury. 9 of the greatest striker’s who wore the number 9 jersey Ronaldo De Lima wore the number 9 shirt for all clubs and country 2. Samuel Eto’o Did not always wear the number 9 jersey but Eto’o a one time third best footballer in the world wore that number through out his years at Barcelona bar one, at Inter Milan and once Anzi. He was a four time African Footballer of the Year winner. 9 of the greatest striker’s who wore the number 9 jersey One of the greatest strikers ever Samuel Eto’o Fils 3. Gabriel Batistuta Another footballing great is Batistuta who wore the jersey with distinction for the likes of Roma, Fiorentina and Juventus. He is the second all time goal scorer for Argentina. 9 of the greatest striker’s who wore the number 9 jersey Batistuta celebrates a goal at France 98 World Cup READ ALSO: Victor Moses’ Chelsea career in trouble as Antonio Conte insists on signing Dani Alves 4. Fillipo Inzaghi What is a list of greatest number 9 ever without the man Sir Alex Ferguson once said was born offside. 9 of the greatest striker’s who wore the number 9 jersey Former AC Milan and Juventus striker Fillipo Inzaghi is now retired Inzaghi won two Champions League titles and was the total definition of a goal poacher. He could have been the best ever if he had the dribbling skills of Ronaldo and technique Roberto Baggio. 5. George Weah Weah is the only African to have been named the FIFA Footballer of the Year and only one to have won the Ballon d’Or. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. 9 of the greatest striker’s who wore the number 9 jersey Weah played for PSG and AC Milan 6. Gerd Muller Possibly the best penalty box striker or goal poacher ever. 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. He won four Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal cups, three European Cups and a Ballon d’Or award. 9 of the greatest striker’s who wore the number 9 jersey Gerd Muller with his signature celebration
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