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Best Colombian Strikers of All Time

Tue 31 August 2021 | 13:30

Which Colombian strikers have been regarded as the best in football's history? To find out, start reading the Best Colombian Strikers of All Time article.

Colombia

has produced some of the most gifted athletes in South America. There are some stunning dangerous strikers among those footballers. Colombia's most spectacular football pages have been written by these players.

These experiences include qualifying for Chile '1962, an epic comeback against the Soviet Union, outstanding Copa America performances, incredible World Cup campaigns in Italy '1990 and Brazil 2014, thrashing

Argentina

in the USA '1994 qualifiers, and numerous outstanding club performances.

Colombia's newest star, James Rodriguez, was formally introduced as an Everton player. Rodriguez was a key figure in Colombia's historic World Cup campaign in Brazil, but where does he stand among the Cafeteros' all-time greats? The following are ranks of the

Top Colombian Footballers in History.

Top 10 Best Colombian Strikers of All Time

When it comes to selecting the best strikers in a country's football history, we have various alternatives, all of which are level one and excellent. While we apologize for not being able to name all of Colombia's most popular, proud, and well-known football strikers in this short post, here is a quick rundown of the personal and professional traits of

Best Colombian Strikers of All Time

, in our opinion!

Jorge Ramirez Gallego

The first name on this list is Jorge Ramirez Gallego. He is one of the

Best Colombian football players ever

, which we will describe below.

  • Full name

    : Jorge Enrique Ramírez Gallego

  • Date of birth

    : 25 March 1940 (age 81)

  • Place of birth

    : Cali, Colombia

  • Position(s)

    : Forward

Jorge Enrique Ramrez Gallego is a former Colombian football forward who was born on March 25, 1940. He is

Deportivo Cali

's all-time leading goal scorer and one of the top five all-time goal scorers in Colombian professional football. 

Ramrez, who was born in Cali, began his professional football career in 1962 with Millonarios, where he won three league titles. He played with Deportes Quindo for a short time before joining Deportivo Cali in 1965, where he scored 168 goals in nine seasons. In 1975, he retired from playing with Deportes Tolima.

From 1966 until 1970, Ramrez played 14 times for the Colombian national team, scoring four goals. The next player in the list of best Colombian strikers of all time in our opinion is Antony de Avila.

Antony de Avila

Antony de Avila is one of the Top Colombian Footballers in History, which we will describe below.

  • Full name:

    Antony William de Ávila Charris

  • Date of birth

    : December 21, 1962 (age 58)

  • Place of birth

    : Santa Marta, Colombia

  • Height

    : 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)

  • Position(s)

    : Striker

Antony William de vila Charris (born December 21, 1962) is a former Colombian soccer striker who last played for

América de Cali

and was dubbed El Pitufo. In 1982, Devila started his career with América de Cali in his home Colombia. He played for América for most of his career, winning seven league titles with them, including five in a row from 1982 to 1986.

In the 1990 season, his 25 goals for América lead all scorers in Colombia's top division. During his stint with América, he finished second in the

Copa Libertadores

three times, in 1985, 1986, and 1996. On July 26, 1983, De Avila made his senior debut.

Between 1983 and 1998, he made 54 appearances for the Colombian national team, scoring 13 goals. In 1994 and 1998, he participated in two World Cups for his country. The next player in the list of Best Colombian strikers of all time in our opinion is Ivan Valenciano.

Ivan Valenciano

  • Full name

    : Iván René Valenciano Pérez

  • Date of birth

    : 18 March 1972 (age 49)

  • Place of birth

    : Barranquilla, Colombia

  • Height:

    1.76 m (5 ft 9+1⁄2 in)

  • Position(s)

    : Forward

Iván René Valenciano Pérez (born March 18, 1972) is a former Colombian football forward. With 217 goals, he is the second-highest goalscorer in Colombian Primera A history, trailing only Argentine Sergio Galván Rey, who has 224 goals.

He scored a lot of goals and was obviously overweight during his first time at Atlético Junior. He was given the nickname "El Gordito de Oro" as a result of this (The Golden Fat Man).

He was a member of the Colombian national football team and competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in 1994. Between 1991 and 2000, he scored 13 goals in 29 games for the national team.

On 15 July 1991, he made his national team debut in the 1991 Copa América, replacing Arnoldo Iguarán in the 78th minute. The next player in the list of 

Best Colombian strikers of all time

in our opinion is Delio Gamboa.

Delio Gamboa

  • Full name

    : Delio Gamboa Rentería

  • Date of birth

    : 28 January 1936

  • Place of birth

    : Buenaventura, Colombia

  • Date of death

    : 23 August 2018 (aged 82)

  • Position(s):

    Striker

Delio "Maravilla" Gamboa was a forward who is regarded as one of the best Colombian players of the 1960s and one of the first to play professionally outside of Colombia. Gamboa made his name with the Mexican club Oro before returning to Colombia to play with Millonarios, where he won multiple titles.

Maravilla also played for Colombia in the South American team's first World Cup debut in 1962, however he only appeared in one match. The next player in the list of Best Colombian strikers of all time in our opinion is Juan Pablo Angel.

Juan Pablo Angel

Juan Pablo Angel is one of the Best Colombian football players ever, which we will describe below.

  • Full name

    : Juan Pablo Ángel Arango

  • Date of birth

    : 24 October 1975 (age 45)

  • Place of birth

    : Medellín, Colombia

  • Height:

    1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s)

    : Forward

Juan Angel was one of Colombia's most significant attackers throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century. His international career took off when he joined

River Plate

, where he was the main scorer in a star-studded Millonarios club that won titles in Argentina.

When he was with

Aston Villa

, Angel became one of the most productive strikers in the Premier League. Many of Colombia's hopes of qualifying for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups were pinned on his goals at the time.

Angel was never able to fully use his goalscoring abilities with Colombia as he had done at club level due to a variety of factors, and he was never allowed to play in a World Cup. Unfortunately, Angel's peak was during a period when Colombia appeared to be in transition, therefore he lost out on the biggest international stage. The next player in the list of

Best Colombian strikers of all time

in our opinion is Víctor Aristizabal.

Víctor Aristizabal

  • Full name

    : Víctor Hugo Aristizábal Posada

  • Date of birth

    : 9 December 1971 (age 49)

  • Place of birth

    : Medellín, Colombia

  • Height:

    1.74 m (5 ft 8+1⁄2 in)

  • Position(s)

    : Forward

Victor Hugo Aristizábal Posada is a retired Colombian football striker who was born on February 9, 1971, in Medellin, Antioquia. Between 1993 and 2003, Aristizábal scored 15 goals in 66 games for the Colombian national team.

He began his career with

Atlético Nacional

, where he stayed from 1990 until 1996, with the exception of a brief stint with Valencia CF in 1994. He won the Colombian league twice with Nacional before moving to Brazil to play. He is also Colombia's all-time leading striker with 348 goals, with nearly 200 of those coming with Atlético Nacional, where he is also the club's top goalscorer.

Between 1993 and 2003, Aristizábal represented Colombia in 66 international matches, scoring 15 goals. In the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he was an unused substitute, but in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he started all three games.

Aristizábal was the top scorer at the 2001 Copa América, which was held in Colombia, with six goals, as Los Cafeteros won the trophy for the first time. He was also a member of the national team that competed in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, finishing fourth.

After being dropped for a match against

Brazil

during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, Aristizábal announced his retirement from international soccer. The next player in the list of Best Colombian strikers of all time in our opinion is Arnoldo Iguaran.

Arnoldo Iguaran

  • Full name

    : Arnoldo Alberto Iguarán Zúñiga

  • Date of birth

    : 18 January 1957 (age 63)

  • Place of birth

    : Riohacha, Colombia

  • Height

    : 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Striker

Arnoldo Iguaran, better known as El Guajiro, is the next player on our list of the best Colombian strikers of all time. Between 1979 until 1993, he held the goal-scoring record with 25 goals in 68 appearances, which was equaled by Radamel Falcao in 2015.

The 1991 Copa América final was one of the most memorable events in his career. The Colombian national team defeated the Brazilian national team 2-0 in this match, with Iguaran scoring the game's second goal in the 66th minute.

Venezuelan Primera División in 1981 with

Deportivo Táchira

, Categora Primera A in 1987 and 1988 with Millonarios F.C., and the Golden Boot Award of the Copa America in 1987.The next player in the list of Best Colombian strikers of all time in our opinion is Adolfo Valencia.

Adolfo Valencia

Adolfo Valencia is one of the Top Colombian Footballers in History, which we will describe below.

  • Full name:

    Adolfo José Valencia Mosquera

  • Date of birth

    : 6 February 1968 (age 53)

  • Place of birth

    : Buenaventura, Colombia

  • Height:

    1.82 m (5 ft 11+1⁄2 in)

  • Position(s):

    Striker

In the 1990s, Adolfo Valencia was a dominant Colombian striker. "El Tren" (the train) scored Argentina's fifth goal in the Albiceleste's humbling World Cup qualifier loss to Colombia; it is one of his most memorable goals.

Valencia did not disappoint despite an early exit from USA '94 when expectations for the South American team were far higher than they were for Valencia. Valencia scored against Romania and the United States.

During his tenure in Europe, Valencia played for prestigious clubs like Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. The next player in the list of Best Colombian strikers of all time in our opinion is Faustino Asprilla.

Faustino Asprilla

  • Full name

    : Faustino Hernán Asprilla Hinestroza

  • Date of birth

    : 10 November 1969 (age 50)

  • Place of birth

    : Tuluá, Colombia

  • Height

    : 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Playing position(s)

    : Forward

Faustino Asprilla is the next player on our list of the top Colombian soccer players of all time. Asperilla, also known as "il polipo" ("the octopus") and "cobra," was a flexible striker who could play as a forward, a striker, a center-forward, a second striker, or even a creative, playmaking attacking midfielder in the number ten role.

He was a quick and skillful player who was noted for his creativity, technique, strength, and ability to score beautiful goals with both feet.

His honors include Categoría Primera A (1) and Copa Interamericana (1) with Atlético Nacional,Coppa Italia (1), European Cup Winners' Cup (1), European Super Cup (1) and UEFA Cup (2) with Parma, and Rio-São Paulo Tournament (1) and Brazilian Champions Cup (1) with Palmeiras. The last player in the list of Best Colombian strikers of all time in our opinion is Radamel Falcao.

Radamel Falcao

  • Full name:

    Radamel Falcao García Zárate

  • Date of birth

    : 10 February 1986 (age 34)

  • Place of birth

    : Santa Marta, Colombia

  • Height:

    1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Forward

Falcao took over as Colombia's main striker for the national team and at club level in Europe after Juan Pablo Angel retired. Radamel was so good at it that he quickly made everyone forget Angel's absence.

Radamel Falcao

began his career at River Plate, and his game improved significantly during his time with Porto and Atletico Madrid. Not only did "El Tigre" (The Tiger) score goals, but he did it in key and tight games like the Europa League final.

Falcao has played a key role in Colombia's recent revival. Jose Pekerman crafted a Colombia that gave Falcao Garcia enough balls to score consistently in the qualifications and return Colombia to the World Cup for the first time in 16 years.

Colombia was stunned earlier this year when their star player suffered an injury while playing for Monaco. Falcao was unable to compete in Brazil 2014 due to a lack of recovery time, but that does not negate his contributions to the Cafeteros during the 2014 cycle. The Tiger is still young enough to continue adding to his resume with Colombia, and he will most likely retire as the Cafetero's all-time leading scorer.

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source: SportMob