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Best Serie A strikers in 2021

Thu 23 December 2021 | 8:30

Who are the best strikers in Serie A right now? Follow us below as we take a look at the top 10 Serie A players in 2021.

The Italian top division, known as Serie A, is a highly tactical league and has seen a lot of goals scored in recent campaigns. We got to see some of the world’s best players in the league over the years, and every season of Serie A offers the chance to become a new story in the season for players looking for new honors.

Regarded as the most defensive league in all of Europe, Serie A has given rise to some of the best strikers and midfielders over the years.

The 2020-21 Serie A season saw 1,163 goals scored during 380 games. The campaign boasted the most goals per game (an average of over three goals a match) in Europe's top five leagues, which means strikers were active in the competition. From

AC Milan

's Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Napoli's Victor Osimhen, there are entire incredible strikers in the list of

best Serie A strikers in 2021

.

Greatest Serie A strikers of 2021

Let's take a close look at some of the best Serie A forwards of 2021.

Dusan Vlahovic

  • Date of birth:

    28 January 2000

  • Place of birth:

    Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia

  • Current team:

    Fiorentina

We have started the list of best Serie A strikers in 2021 with the current Fiorentina forward, Dusan Vlahovic. Born in Belgrade, Vlahovic's professional life began with Partizan in 2015, at the age of 15. He moved to the first team, at the beginning of 2016, under Ivan Tomic. On 21 February 2016, Vlahovic played for the first time in Serbian SuperLiga against OFK Beograd, becoming the youngest player to make a debut in the history of the club. The talented striker scored his first goal for Partizan on 2 April 2016, against Radnik Surdulica, becoming the youngest player to score in club history.

His fine performance did not go unnoticed by

Arsenal

, Juventus, and Anderlecht, but the striker has declined all offers. In the final cup fixture, Vlahovic scored a goal against Javor Ivanjica. Dusan Vlahovic played three seasons at the Serbian club, and during 27 matches, he scored one goal, providing one assist for his teammates. In 2017, the Serbian striker moved to Fiorentina with a five-year preliminary contract, and he was given the number 18 jersey.

He made his Serie A debut on 25 September 2018, against Inter Milan, and in the third round of the 2019–20 Coppa Italia, Vlahovic scored his first goal, a brace, against Monza. During the 2020-21 season, he scored 21 goals in 37 appearances that he made for the Italian club. Dusan Vlahovic has already made more than 15 appearances for

Fiorentina

in the new campaign and has even managed to bag himself 15 goals and two assists in the process. So it is not surprising to see his name amongst the

best Serie A forwards of 2021

.

Ciro Immobile

  • Date of birth:

    20 February 1990

  • Place of birth:

    Torre Annunziata, Italy

  • Current team:

    Lazio

The next footballer on the list of best Serie A strikers in 2021 is Ciro Immobile. A prolific goalscorer, who is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, moved to Lazio for a fee of €8.75 million, scoring on his debut in Lazio's opening match against Atalanta. During the 2016-17 season, he scored 23 goals in 36 league appearances. 

On 3 November 2019, in Lazio's fixture against Milan, Immobile scored his 100th goal for the Italian club, and on 26 July, he netted a hat-trick against

Hellas Verona.

Nicknamed King Ciro, Immobile ended the 2019-20 season with 36 goals and managed to win the Capocannoniere. The talented striker also won European Golden Shoe for the first time in his career and became the first footballer from Serie A to win the title since Francesco Totti in 2007. His extraordinary performance made the club to extended the Immobile contract for another five years on 31 August 2020. During the 2020-21 campaign, the Italian striker netted 20 times and provided seven assists in 35 appearances that he made for Lazio. 

As one of the

best Serie A forwards in 2021

, he has had an incredible performance, managing to bag himself 13 goals in 15 appearances in the new campaign. Ciro Immobile has achieved notable individual achievements, including Serie A top scorer (three times), Torneo di Viareggio top scorer (2010), UEFA Europa League top scorer (2017-18), and Serie A Team of the Year (three times).

Lautaro Martinez

  • Date of birth:

    22 August 1997

  • Place of birth:

    Bahia Blanca, Argentina

  • Current team:

    Inter Milan

A well-known talented Argentinian striker, Lautaro Martinez, is a footballer who moved from Racing Club to Inter Milan on 4 July 2018 for a reported fee of €22.7 million. Ten days later, he made his debut against Swiss club, Lugano, scoring his first league goal against

Cagliari

. On 14 February 2019, in the first leg of 2018–19 UEFA Europa League round of 32, a prolific goalscorer scored his first European goal, helping Inter win against Rapid Wien.

One of his memorable moments came in October 2019, when the striker scored his first goal in UEFA Champions League against Barcelona on the group stage, becoming the first player to score at Camp Nou for Inter since Roberto Boninsegna in 1970.

During the 2019-2020 season, he made 15 appearances and scored ten times for the Italian club. Also, Martinez scored a brace against Slavia Prague, becoming only the fourth Inter player as well as fifth Argentinian player to net in four consecutive Champions League games. In the 2020-21 season, the Argentinian striker scored 17 times and provided ten assists during 38 appearances.

Lautaro Martinez has already made more than 12 appearances for Inter Milan in the new campaign and has even managed to bag himself ten goals and two assists in the process. Martinez's performances in the past and current seasons were incredibly enough that put his name in the list of

greatest Serie A strikers of 2021

.

Joao Pedro

  • Date of birth:

    9 March 1992

  • Place of birth:

    Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

  • Current team:

    Cagliari

Joao Pedro, the forward of Cagliari, is the next name on the list of the best Serie A in 2021. Joao Pedro Geraldino dos Santos Galvao, known as Joao Pedro, is one of the best Brazilian strikers of his generation. He began his professional career at Atletico Mineiro and went on to play for Palermo, Vitória Guimaraes, Santos, and Estoril. In 2014 he moved to Cagliari for around €1 million, netting 13 times in 38 appearances as they won the 2015–16 Serie B title. 

In 2017 the club extended his contract until 2021. During the 2020-21 season, Pedro, who became the club captain, made 37 appearances and netted 16 times for the Italian club. As one of

Serie A best strikers of 2021

, Joao Pedro has already made more than 15 appearances for Cagliari in the new campaign and has even managed to bag himself nine goals and three assists in the process.

Giovanni Simeone

  • Date of birth:

    5 July 1995

  • Place of birth:

    Madrid, Spain

  • Current team:

    Hellas Verona

Next on our list of best Serie A strikers in 2021 is Giovanni Simeone, who is the son of Diego Simeone,

Atletico Madrid

's manager. Born in Madrid, Simeone's professional life began with River Plate, signing a three-year professional deal with the club in 2011. On 4 August 2013, he made his league debut against Gimnasia La Plata, scoring his first professional goal against Tigre on 8 September.

The talented striker moved to Banfield, an Argentine Primera Division side, in 2015 on a season-long loan deal, scoring on his debut match against Quilmes. The following season, Simeone joined

Genoa

for €3 million, scoring his first goal on his debut against Pescara. His memorable moment came in a game against Juventus on 27 November, when he scored a brace. The Argentinian striker went on to play Fiorentina and scored his first hat-trick against Napoli.

Nicknamed El Cholito, Giovanni Simeone moved to Cagliari on a year-long loan deal on 30 August 2019, making his debut against Inter Milan. He scored his first goal for the club against Parma. During the 2020-2021 season, he scored six goals in 33 appearances that he made for Cagliari, providing two assists for his teammates. In August 2021, Giovanni Simeone moved to Hellas Verona, Serie A side, on a season-long loan deal. The striker has already made more than 15 appearances for Hellas Verona in the new campaign and has even managed to bag himself 12 goals and three assists in the process.

Luis Muriel

  • Date of birth:

    16 April 1991

  • Place of birth:

    Santo Tomas, Colombia

  • Current team:

    Atalanta

Luis Muriel is another name amongst the best Serie A strikers in 2021. Known for his good dribbling skills, the Colombian striker's professional life began with Colombian side

Deportivo Cali

. Muriel went on to play for Udinese, Granada, Lecce, and Sampdoria, where he scored 24 goals in 84 appearances that he made for the Italian club.

Born in Santo Tomas, Colombia, Muriel moved to

Sevilla

in July 2017 for a club-record fee of €20m, making his debut on 19 August against Espanyol and scoring his first goal for the club on 17 September against Girona. He returned to Serie A in January 2019, joining Fiorentina on loan for the remainder of the season, scoring a hat-trick a week later against Maltese.

His successful spell at Fiorentina did not go unnoticed by Atalanta for a reported €18m. Luis Muriel has already made more than ten appearances for Atalanta in the new campaign and has even managed to bag himself two goals and four assists in the process. It is worth mentioning that his notable achievements are Serie A Best Young Revelation in 2012 and Serie A MVP of the Month in April 2021.

Mattia Destro

  • Date of birth:

    20 March 1991

  • Place of birth:

    Ascoli Piceno, Italy

  • Current team:

    Genoa

The current striker of Genoa, Mattia Destro, is one of the other names on the list of the best Serie A strikers in 2021. Destro's first professional side was Genoa, which he joined in 2010 and stayed there for one year. He went on to play for Siena and Roma, where he joined in a loan deal for €11.5 million. On 2 September 2012, Destro made his debut for Roma in Serie A against Internazionale, scoring his first goal in a fixture against Palermo on 4 November.

He made 68 appearances for The Yellow and Reds, scoring 29 times and providing five assists for his teammates. The Italian striker moved to Milan on 30 January 2015, on loan from

Roma

, scoring his first goal against

Empoli

on 15 February. At the end of the 2014–15 season, he left the club to join Bologna for €8.5 million on a five-year deal, becoming the highest-paid player of Bologna that season.

Destro played for the first time for Bologna on 22 August 2015 against Lazio. In January 2020, the striker returned to Genoa, and during the 2020-21 season, he scored 11 times in 29 appearances that he made for the club. Mattia Destro has already made nine appearances for Genoa in the new campaign and has even managed to bag himself seven goals. Due to his incredible performances during the previous and a new campaign, we bring his name amongst Serie A best strikers of 2021.

Duvan Zapata

  • Date of birth:

    1 April 1991

  • Place of birth:

    Padilla, Cauca, Colombia

  • Current team:

    Atalanta

Duvan Esteban Zapata Banguero, known as Duvan Zapata, is another name amongst the best Serie A forwards in 2021. The talented striker moved to Atalanta on a two-season loan deal, scoring twice in a 2–2 draw against Juventus. On 20 January 2019, the Colombian striker scored four goals against Frosinone, becoming the first Atalanta footballer to achieve this record in Serie A since Hasse Jeppson in 1952.

His two goals in the quarter-final stage of Coppa Italia against Juventus helped Atalanta to reach the 2019 Coppa Italia Final. During the 2018-19 season, he scored 23 goals, achieving a spot in the Serie A team of the year at the end of the season. During the 2020-21 season, Zapata made 37 appearances and scored 15 goals, providing ten assists for his teammates.

One of his memorable moments during his career came on 27 October 2020, when he scored a brace against Ajax in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League. During the new campaign, Duvan Zapata has made 14 appearances and has managed to score nine times for the Italian club.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

  • Date of birth:

    3 October 1981

  • Place of birth:

    Malmo, Sweden

  • Current team:

    AC Milan

One of the most decorated footballers in the world, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is the man who needs no introduction. The current AC Milan striker is regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time. Known for his technical ability, Ibrahimovic moved to AC Milan in December 2019, making his first appearance on 6 January 2020 and scoring his first goal since returning to AC Milan on 11 January against Cagliari.

On 9 February, the Swedish striker scored for Milan against rivals Inter, becoming the oldest goalscorer ever in the Derby della Madonnina.

The following season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had an even better performance by scoring 15 times in 19 appearances. One of his memorable moments came on 17 October, when he scored twice in three minutes in the Derby della Madonnina as Milan defeated Inter.

A few days later, again, the tall striker scored twice against Napoli. Towards the end of the 2020-21 season, Ibrahimovic was injured in the second half of Milan's fixture against

Juventus

, missing the remainder of the season.

Since returning from injury, the legend made his first appearance on 12 September 2021 against Lazio and scored in Milan's 2-0 victory, becoming the oldest non-Italian player to ever score a goal in the history of Serie A.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already made ten appearances for AC Milan in the new campaign and has even managed to bag himself seven goals and two assists in the process. Some of his notable individual achievements during his career are the 2012 Golden Foot, 2013 FIFA Puskas Award, UEFA Team of the Year (four times), and Serie A Player of the Month (four times).

Victor Osimhen

  • Date of birth:

    29 December 1998

  • Place of birth:

    Lagos, Nigeria

  • Current team:

    Napoli

Another name by which we have completed our list of Serie A best strikers of 2021 is Victor Osimhen, the current Napoli striker. Nicknamed mister hat-trick, the Nigerian striker began his career at VfL Wolfsburg and went on to play Charleroi as well as Lille, where he joined in 2019. Osimhen made his Ligue 1 debut for Lille on 11 August 2019, scoring two goals against Nantes.

During Lille's five league matches, the striker scored two goals, becoming the Ligue 1 Player of the Month for September 2019. In the UEFA Champions League, Osimhen scored his first goal against Chelsea on 2 October 2019. During the 2019-20 season, the striker netted 13 goals in 25 Ligue 1 matches, becoming Lille's top scorer. In July 2020, he moved to Serie A club Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million, becoming the most expensive African transfer to date.

During the 2020-21 season, he made 24 appearances and scored ten times for the Italian club. Victor Osimhen has already made more than ten appearances for Napoli in the new campaign and has even managed to bag himself five goals and two assists in the process. Undoubtedly he is one of the best Serie A strikers right now.

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