Top 5 forwards to watch in UEFA Champions League 2019
The most exquisite place to watch goals galore in football has been the UEFA Champions League. The same is expected from the top clubs in Europe this season. It is very evident so far that this year the competition is tougher than ever. In 48 matches this season, 151 goals have already been scored with an average of 3.15 goals every match. The numbers are just extraordinary, and so are the players.
Forwards in a match are somehow always the most decisive with their scoring abilities. They can change the game any moment and can turn the results to their team’s benifit. The past testifies for how certain players have single-handedly carried their teams to glory. This article talks about forwards who are game changers.
5. Erling Braut Haaland: RB Salzburg
19 year old, Norwegian striker has been tearing defences this season. Erling is the son of former Leeds and Nottingham Forest defender Alf-Inge Haaland. His goal tally this season is mind boggling. He has already scored 20 goals in 13 appearances. In the match against Napoli, this week, he struck twice and became the first player to score six goals in his first three Champions League appearances. Haaland’s hot red form has already put big clubs on alert to sign him. RB Salzburg depend heavily on him to advance the group stage, with heavyweights like Liverpool and Napoli in their group.
4. Kylian Mbappe: Paris Saint Germain
It has been a rough start to this season for the French prodigy due to injury. Mbappe just returned to the field, but had a quick impact on the games he played. He scored a hattrick in the UCL match against Club Brugge, also assisting a goal. He came in as a substitute in the game, and made the record of scoring the fastest hattrick as a substitute in 21 minutes. The 20 year old will be a big force for PSG in their road to this season’s UCL, with Neymar again on the sidelines due to an injury.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus F.C
Undeniably the king of UEFA Champions League, with stats to prove. The highest scorer in the UCL with 127 goals. He has shown his ability in every season and for every team he has played for. A slow start to this season has led to talking across the globe again, but Ronaldo always proves his worth. The Portuguese is confident about his team and his fitness and hopes to win the UCL with Juventus too.
2. Robert Lewandowski: FC Bayern Munich
The Polish striker is in scintillating form this season, with 18 goals in 15 matches. The 31 year old has scored in each of Bayern’s last twelve games and has scored two hattricks this season. He has played a decisive role for Bayern in many games and he’ll continue to prove so in a tough Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League this season.
1. Lionel Messi: FC Barcelona
The little magician from Barcelona has been a key to their success for the last decade. He has earned them huge success many a times with his masterclass on the pitch. The Argentine has started the season late due to an injury in preseason, leaving him on the sidelines for quite a long time. He’s back now and cruising past defences again. FC Barcelona looked shaky without their talisman but his return has led them back to winning ways. They are leaders in La Liga and their UCL group as well.
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