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Top five strikers to watch out for at Copa America 2024

Published at :June 18, 2024 at 12:32 AM
Modified at :June 18, 2024 at 12:32 AM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee

These strikers will be key to their nations’ chances in the tournament.

Copa America is on the horizon with teams finishing their final preparations before the tournament begins on Friday 20 June. Argentina will take on Canada in the opening match of the tournament as they start their title defence after winning the competition last time.

Uruguay along with Argentina are the joint holders of the most trophies in the Copa America competition (15). United States are the host country who will be aiming to see their team lift the trophy for the first time in their history. Lionel Messi, the world’s best player, will compete with some of the best strikers in the world such as Luis Suarez and Julian Alvarez.

Messi won the Golden Boot last year after scoring four goals and adding five assists. Fans are eager to watch their favourite players dominate the tournament with their goal-scoring prowess. 

Let’s look at the top five strikers who could dominate in Copa America 2024:

5. Folarin Balogun

The AS Monaco striker had an impressive season with the team as they finished in second place in Ligue 1. Folarin Balogun emerged as one of the most sought-after strikers in the league after enjoying a breakthrough campaign with Reims. He scored 22 goals in 39 matches.

This led Monaco to pay a huge sum to recruit him. His finishing and ability to convert 50-50 chances makes him a dangerous player who the USA will hope can provide goals for the team. Balogun national team goal tally includes three goals in 12 matches. 

4. Santiago Gimenez

The Mexican forward plays for the Dutch club Feyenoord and has enjoyed a fantastic campaign. Santiago Gimenez finished the season as the top scorer with 26 goals in 41 matches. He has already caught the eye of a number of European clubs who will continue to keep an eye on his performances at the Copa America.

Gimenez will lead the team’s attack after a wonderful season. Mexico will hope he can provide goals for the team by displaying the same form that made him one of the emerging strikers in world football. 

Also read: Mexico predicted lineup for Copa America 2024

3. Jonathan David

Probably the most underrated player on this list of finest strikers in Copa America 2024, Jonathan David dominated Ligue 1 with his goal-scoring exploits. He has scored 26 goals in each of the last two seasons which has already caught the attention of potential suitors.

David possesses a rapid pace which helps him pass opponents easily. His game is worth admiring. He makes incredible runs as well as takes great chances for the team. The forward already boasts a remarkable record with the Canada national team after netting 26 goals in 48 matches. 

2. Julián Álvarez

Julián Álvarez had a phenomenal season with Manchester City as he helped the Cityzens win the Premier League for back-to-back seasons. He finished the season with 19 goals and 13 assists despite playing second fiddle to Erlind Haaland.

There are already rumours of clubs making the most of the situation to lure him away from the English champions. Álvarez already had performed for the team in the bigger stage after netting four goals in the FIFA World Cup triumph. He is now set to lead the Argentina national team in this Copa America tournament. 

1. Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez is one of the best strikers in world football. He was the only player to win the Golden Boot in the prime Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo era. He is not showing any signs of slowing down after playing an impressive role in leading Inter Miami’s charge in the MLS season. He has made 20 appearances for the team this season scoring 14 goals and adding seven assists.

He already boasts over 131 appearances for the Uruguay national team netting 64 goals. Suárez has always been a consistent performer who scores goals for fun at each club he has played for. Now, he will aim to play a crucial role in helping his national team win its 16th Copa America trophy. 

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