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27 Sep 2018

FIFA 19 Career Mode: Best Strikers (ST & CF)

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How to choose the best strikers (ST) & centre forwards (CF) in FIFA 19 Career Mode

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Lionel Messi (OVR 94 - POT 94)

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Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 94 - POT 94)

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Luis Suarez (OVR 91 - POT 91)

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Robert Lewandowski (OVR 90 - POT 90)

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Harry Kane (OVR 89 - POT 92)

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Antoine Griezmann (OVR 89 - POT 90)

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Edinson Cavani (OVR 89 - POT 89)

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Sergio Aguero (OVR 89 - POT 89)

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Gonzalo Higuain (OVR 88 - POT 88)

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Mauro Icardi (OVR 87 - POT 90)

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All the best strikers (STs & CFs) in FIFA 19

Goal scoring is constantly in high demand. The ability to put the ball in the back of the net consistently is so rare that teams will pay vast sums just for the slightest possibility of signing the next Messi, Ronaldo, or Suarez. Having a world class striker instantly makes you a contender in any competition, not having one can make every match a struggle.

How to choose the best strikers (ST) & centre forwards (CF) in FIFA 19 Career Mode

We are looking at the best of the best in strikers (ST) and centre forwards (CF) in FIFA 19. These players have a minimum OVR rating of 83. These players are all strong finishers, but good movement skills, strength in the air, and the ability to turn creator for others are all extras that you want to have.

A complete list of all the best strikers (ST) and centre forwards (CF) can be found at the bottom of this page.

Lionel Messi (OVR 94 - POT 94)

Age: 31

Positions: CF, RW, ST

Club: Barcelona

Country: Argentina

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 97 dribbling, 96 ball control, 95 finishing 

Cost: £199.3 million (release clause)

Wage: £497k

Lionel Messi may be the other side of 30 now, but he is still the god of football. A remarkable athlete (95 balance, 91 acceleration, 91 agility, 86 sprint speed), Messi's strength is quite simply his ability to put the ball in the back of the net (95 finishing, 94 long shots, 94 fk accuracy, 93 curve). His finishing and long shots are the best in FIFA 19, as is his fk accuracy. Messi is also brilliant on the ball and can put others through at the drop of a hat (94 vision, 90 short pass).

Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 94 - POT 94)

Age: 33

Positions: ST, LW 

Club: Juventus

Country: Portugal

Work rate: High/Low

Best stats: 94 finishing, 93 long shots, 95 shot power, 94 ball control

Cost: £111.8 million (release clause)

Wage: £356k

Cristiano Ronaldo may be 33, but he is still the best of the best when it comes to scoring goals. A ridiculous athlete (88 stamina, 91 sprint speed, 89 acceleration) and strong with either foot, Ronaldo can score and create goals from almost anywhere on the field. Not only is his finishing (94) exceptional, he has good passing skills (81 short passing, 77 long passing, 84 crossing) to turn provider should he need to.

Luis Suarez (OVR 91 - POT 91)

Age: 31

Positions: ST 

Club: Barcelona

Country: Uruguay

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 94 finishing, 93 reactions, 92 positioning 

Cost: £88.2 million 

Wage: £449k

Luis Suarez has long been one of the most potent finishers in world football. He's a fantastic poacher in the box (94 finishing, 93 reactions, 92 positioning, 90 ball control) and can also bring others into play (82 short pass, 84 vision). Suarez can score from outside of the box (86 curve, 86 shot power, 85 long shots) and is also useful in the air (77 heading accuracy).

Robert Lewandowski (OVR 90 - POT 90)

Age: 30

Positions: ST 

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: Poland

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 91 finishing, 91 positioning, 90 reactions

Cost: £91.8 million

Wage: £180k

Bayern Munich's point man brings a deadly right foot and aerial potency to FIFA 19. Robert Lewandowski is a terrific goal-scorer (91 finishing, 88 shot power, 91 positioning) but he can also pose a threat from set pieces and crosses as well as normal build up play (84 jumping, 85 heading accuracy). He's good on the ball (89 ball control, 85 dribbling) and is great from the spot (88 penalties, 86 composure).

Harry Kane (OVR 89 - POT 92)

Age: 25

Positions: ST 

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Country: England

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 94 finishing, 93 positioning, 91 reactions

Cost: £122.8 million

Wage: £185k

England's leading man is the next generation of striker. Just 25, he has already proven to be a clinical finisher in the Premier League (94 finishing, 93 positioning, 91 reactions). Kane is frequently in the right place at the right time, but it's the physicality and mental aspects to dominate defences that fall asleep (84 strength, 89 stamina, 89 composure). He's not nearly as good at bringing others into play as the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, but when he takes aim at goal, it usually has positive results.

Antoine Griezmann (OVR 89 - POT 90)

Age: 27

Positions: ST 

Club: Atletico Madrid

Country: France

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 92 finishing, 91 positioning, 90 agility

Cost: £84.1 million

Wage: £132k

Antoine Griezmann is one of the deadliest strikers in FIFA 19 thanks to his remarkable athleticism (90 agility, 88 acceleration, 85 sprint speed) and his brilliance in front of goal (92 finishing, 90 ball control, 87 composure). The French man is a converted winger and brings that flair and ability with the ball at his feet to create for himself and others (88 dribbling, 82 short pass, 82 crossing). He is also a threat in the air despite his stature (90 jumping, 84 heading accuracy).

Edinson Cavani (OVR 89 - POT 89)

Age: 31

Positions: ST 

Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Country: Uruguay

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 92 stamina, 91 reactions, 89 finishing

Cost: £68.3 million

Wage: £185k

Edinson Cavani is a pure, old-school, striker. He isn't going to unlock defences for others with his passing (78 short pass, 52 long pass) or dribble away from defenders (80 dribbling), but if you get him the ball in the box there is a good chance it will find the back of the net. Cavani is potent with the ball at his feet (89 finishing, 91 reactions, 82 ball control, 82 composure) and deadly in the air (89 heading accuracy, 88 jumping).

Sergio Aguero (OVR 89 - POT 89)

Age: 30

Positions: ST 

Club: Manchester City

Country: Argentina

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 93 finishing, 92 positioning, 89 dribbling

Cost: £64.6 million

Wage: £173k

One of the deadliest strikers the Premier League has ever seen, Sergio Aguero may be the other side of his prime now but he can still score consistently. A good athlete (88 acceleration, 86 agility, 80 sprint speed), though not as fast as he used to be, Aguero has the ability to run at defenders from deep and beat them (89 dribbling, 89 ball control) to create his own chances. He can also finish from practically anywhere (93 finishing, 92 positioning, 82 long shots, 82 curve).

Gonzalo Higuain (OVR 88 - POT 88)

Age: 30

Positions: ST 

Club: AC Milan

Country: Argentina

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 92 finishing, 92 positioning, 86 shot power

Cost: £59.1 million

Wage: £233k

Another finisher rather than creator, Gonzalo Higuain is the man you want on the end of your chances. A true poacher (92 finishing, 92 positioning, 86 composure), Higuain is brilliant in the box and can latch onto a loose ball in a flash. He is not as good in the air as you'd hope (79 jumping, 80 heading accuracy) but he isn't awful either.

Mauro Icardi (OVR 87 - POT 90)

Age:  25

Positions: ST  

Club: Inter Milan

Country: Argentina

Work rate: Medium/Low

Best stats: 94 jumping, 91 heading accuracy, 91 finishing

Cost: £100.7 million (release clause)

Wage: £114k

Yet another Argentinian. Mauro Icardi is the next in a long line of superb strikers. Unlike Higuain or Aguero he is dominant in the air (94 jumping, 91 heading accuracy) as well as being brilliant in the box (91 finishing, 88 reactions, 85 composure). Icardi is yet to hit his peak, so if you want a player with a lot of years ahead of him who can bang in goals for a long time to come then he is your man..1m

All the best strikers (STs & CFs) in FIFA 19

Player Age Pos Club Country Cost Wage OVR POT
Lionel Messi31CF RW STBarcelonaArgentina£199.3m£497k9494
Cristiano Ronaldo33ST LWJuventusPortugal£111.8m£356k9494
Luis Suarez31STBarcelonaUruguay£88.2m£449k9191
Robert Lewandowski29STBayern MunichPoland£91.8m£180k9090
Harry Kane24STTottenham HotspurEngland£122.8m£185k8992
Antoine Griezmann27STAtletico MadridFrance£84.1m£132k8990
Edinson Cavani31STParis Saint-GermainUruguay£68.3m£185k8989
Sergio Aguero30STManchester CityArgentina£64.6m£273k8989
Gonzalo Higuain30STAC MilanArgentina£59.1m£233k8888
Mauro Icardi25STInter MilanArgentina£100.7m£114k8790
Romelu Lukaku25STManchester UnitedBelgium£105.9m£202k8789
Ciro Immobile28STLazioItaly£77.8m£101k8787
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang29STArsenalGabon£84.4m£194k8787
Dries Mertens31CF STNapoliBelgium£67.3m£119k8787
Roberto Firmino26CF STLiverpoolBrazil£92.3m£185k8688
Thomas Müller28CF RW CAM STBayern MunichGermany£66.8m$141k8686
Edin Džeko32STRomaBosnia Herzegovina£45.6m£101k8585
Diego Costa29STAtletico MadridSpain£69.5m£88k8585
Radamel Falcao32STMonacoColombia£51m£110k8585
Zlatan Ibrahimovic36STLA GalaxySweden£18.5m£13k8585
Rodrigo27ST RW LWValenciaSpain£69.5m£60k8485
Alexandre Lacazette27STArsenalFrance£63.4m£158k8485
Mario Mandžukić32ST LWJuventusCroatia£36.3m£154k8484
Jonas34STBenficaBrazil£29m£24k8484
Karim Benzema30STReal MadridFrance£54.1m£211k8484
Alejandro Gómez30CF LW STAtalantaArgentina£44.9m£51k8484
Gabriel Jesus21STManchester CityBrazil£74m£110k8392
Louri Beretta26ST CFAtletico MineiroBrazil£47.7m£48k8383
Timo Werner22STRB LeipzigGermany£53.9m£57k8387
Gerard Moreno26STVillarrealSpain£61.2m£43k8385
Memphis Depay24ST LWOlympique LyonnaisNetherlands£60.8m£68k8388
Alvaro Morata25STChelseaSpain£55.9m£119k8386
Willian José26STReal SociedadBrazil£62.2m£39k8386
Bas Dost29STSporting CPNetherlands£45.8m£21k8383
Mario Balotelli27STOGC NiceItaly£46m£45k8383
Aduriz37STAthletic BilbaoSpain£17.6m£25k8383