At what point did world football’s elite forwards reach their peak?

We’ve trimmed a pool of exceptionally talented players to just 15—Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar chief among them—and tracked back through their careers to find the period in which they showed their finest-ever form.

The task of narrowing the selection to just 15 was arduous and difficult. Brilliant forwards like Paulo Dybala, Timo Werner and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have just missed the cut, which speaks to the quality present in the list.

We then relived their career highs, truly brightening what would have been a drab, football-less weekend in self-isolation, and picked a specific point in time where they were the best versions of themselves. Continue reading

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