Who are European football's top-10 centre forwards?

The best centre forwards from the top five football leagues in Europe according to the CIES Football Observatory.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
19th May 2017

article:19th May 2017

According to the CIES Football Observatory, Napoli’s Dries Mertens is the best centre forward in Europe, fending away competition from the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez.

Only players who have played at least 2,000 minutes this season have been included in the analysis.


Mertens leads the way with a rating of 91.0 out of 100 while AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko comes closest with 90.5 points and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero comes in third with 89.5.

Serie A have three representatives in the top 10 while the Premier League and Bundesliga have two each.

Check out the top ten in the gallery above.

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Lewandowski, Suarez and Higuain among the top 10 centre forwards in Europe

The best centre forwards from the top five football leagues in Europe according to the CIES Football Observatory.

=9. ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE | LYON | 85.0 POINTS

=9. ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE | LYON | 85.0 POINTS

=9. LUIS SUAREZ | BARCELONA | 85.0 POINTS

=9. LUIS SUAREZ | BARCELONA | 85.0 POINTS

8. GONZALO HIGUAIN | JUVENTUS| 85.0 POINTS

8. GONZALO HIGUAIN | JUVENTUS| 85.0 POINTS

7. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG | BORUSSIA DORTMUND | 85.5 POINTS

7. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG | BORUSSIA DORTMUND | 85.5 POINTS

6. ALEXIS SANCHEZ | ARSENAL | 87.0 POINTS

6. ALEXIS SANCHEZ | ARSENAL | 87.0 POINTS

=4. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI | BAYERN MUNICH | 89.0 POINTS

=4. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI | BAYERN MUNICH | 89.0 POINTS

=4. EDINSON CAVANI | PSG | 89.0 POINTS

=4. EDINSON CAVANI | PSG | 89.0 POINTS

3. SERGIO AGUERO | MANCHESTER CITY | 89.5 POINTS

3. SERGIO AGUERO | MANCHESTER CITY | 89.5 POINTS

2. EDIN DZEKO | AS ROMA | 90.5 POINTS

2. EDIN DZEKO | AS ROMA | 90.5 POINTS

1. DRIES MERTENS | NAPOLI | 91.0 POINTS

1. DRIES MERTENS | NAPOLI | 91.0 POINTS