Soccer’s Next Five Forwards

September 24, 2012


The most remembered players in soccer are those who can create and/or score beautiful goals.

The beautiful game is filled with offensive legends, names that transcend the sport such as Pele, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo… I could go on. Point is these are household names across the world because of their talent on the offensive end.

The attacking all-stars that everyone knows today are none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

But who is next? Which prospects will be the next class of great attackers to enter the history books? Here are five guys I think will join the ranks of the greats within the next few years.

This is not a ranking of them, rather a list. If you disagree or feel that someone got snubbed, please feel free to tell me why in the comment section below.

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Santos)

He has already made a big splash on the international scene, and at the age of 20 he has been titled as the future of Brazilian football. Currently he plays for Santos in Brazil but it is only a matter of time before he is playing with the big dogs of Europe.

This picture says it all.

Which ever team is lucky/rich enough to snag the forward will surely reap the benefits immediately. Known for his speed and ball-handling skills, Neymar has dominated the Brazlian League. If you don’t believe me, watch for yourself.

Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund)

Götze’s name came in discussion last year when Cristiano Ronaldo was quoted as saying “Who’s Gotze? In what position does he play? Is he good? I have little opportunity to see Bundesliga games.” While much was reported about this comment, it really brought the Attacking Midfielder into the limelight.

Last year he enjoyed much success with his Bundesliga club, so much so that he was given the “Golden Boy Award” given to the best under 21 player in Europe.  He also was key in Borussia Dortmund’s 2011-12 campaign in which they finished 1st, in a league that is normally dominated by Bayern Munich.

The problem for him is that he is on one of the greatest national teams in the world. Germany, but he will be a household name soon enough.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC)

Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, and Marseille are the names that normally are atop of the Ligue 1 (France), but in 2010-11 the champions were a little squad named Lille. One of the main reasons they were successful in that campaign was none other than Eden Hazard, a Belgian born Winger.

He had big shoes to fill the following season when Gervinho left for Arsenal, but he made the spotlight his own; scoring 20 goals in the 2011-12 season for Lille.

The 21-year -old was rewarded handsomely plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world with Chelsea, and he has already made an immediate impact with a goal in his first 4 appearances for the London squad.

Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao)

When I was 16 I spent the majority of my days eating pizza rolls and playing SOCOM on my Playstation 2 (I weighed a good 270 at the time). Munian spent his 16th year of life playing in La Liga, the highest league in Spain, and arguably the best soccer league in the world.

In fact, he is the youngest player in the league’s history to score a goal, not too shabby for a league that has seen it’s fair share of young talent.

The Left Winger has received much praise for his play, and was able to crack the prestigious Spanish National Team this year and has been nicknamed “the Spanish Messi” by the country’s media.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal FC)

A criticism of the English National Team, besides their lack-luster play is that they are getting old, and the need for young talent has become more evident than ever.

The future looks bright however thanks in part to the “Ox”. He is the youngest goal scorer in UEFA Champions League history, at the age of 18,which came when he scored a goal for his club Arsenal against the Greek squad Olympiacos.

The Three Lions have not taken a blind-eye to his development at Arsenal either, promoting him to the Senior Team in which he made his first major tournament appearance against France in Euro 2012.

At the age of 19, the winger will be sure to be a household name sooner than later.


What do you think? Which one of these forwards are going to be the next big thing? If not any of these listed, then who? Comment below!




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