Whether it’s the striker wearing the number 9 shirt, the marauding midfielder, or the tough central defender charging the keeper on corner kicks, goals scored through headers are a vital part of modern football. Here are the six players that have impressed us the most when it comes to headed goals.
It’s one of the few game aspects in which rival megastar, Lionel Messi, can’t claim superiority. In May, Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th header of his career. This means that a seventh of all the goals CR7 has ever scored, has arrived in this way. And, with the Portuguese moving more into a striker position at Juventus, we may see more of these type of goals in the future.
Ronaldo’s former teammate, Sergio Ramos is the rare defender that is capable of delivering goals when his team needs them most. He has managed 55 goals since debuting for Los Blancos in 2009 and most of them have been headers. The Football Manager franchise rank him as having the best heading ability of any world famous player.
A player similar in his role for Liverpool, as Ramos is for Real, van Dijk is the type of defender capable tackling, passing and scoring the odd header. His role in the Reds’ lineup for the 2018/19 campaign was vital, managing to score 6 important goals along the way.
A natural goalscorer who has proven his worth in the Serie A, Ligue 1, as well as on an international level, Edinson Cavani became Paris Saint-Germain’s top goalscorer back in 2018, with much of goal chances coming from well placed headers.
The towering Croatian striker’s days at Juventus may be numbered, but there’s no denying Mandzukic’s natural ability in front of goal. Especially, when he gets the chance to head the ball home. In fact, having taken advantage of his 1.9 m height, Mario Mandzukic tends to score most of his goals from tap ins and headers. These qualities clearly recommend him as a world-class poacher.
Last on our list is a controversial nomination. This is not because many doubt Giroud‘s natural skill. It is rather as a consequence of his reputation as a Premier League striker that does not often score a large number of goals. (See the France’s World Cup campaign) The cultured French attacker has scored throughout his career in the Premier League almost as many headed goals as he has from open play, or using his left foot. Nowadays something of a luxury substitute for Chelsea, Olivier Giroud is still capable of instilling panic in defenders whenever he gets the chance to start for the Blues, or for Les Bleus.
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