Rank your top 5 Inter strikers

delaurentis

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After reading this article from Materazzi, I'd find it interesting to read what the Interisti think about this.
Although Inter have a long history of great strikers - maybe it would be better to put it into a certain timeframe? Let's say over the last 40 years?? I don't know, I'll let you guys decide.
 

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I understand the sentiment of going only for former teammates but when it comes to an all time list Meazza, Altobelli and Boninsegna HAVE to be in even if you have never watched them play.
 

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I agree with you; excluding the above names would indeed be a disservice to their contributions. Acknowledging this sentiment, I'll personally opt to rank only the players I've seen up close:

I agree with Materazzi's decision to place 'il Fenomeno' at the top, followed by 'l'emperatore' in second position.

  1. Ronaldo (In terms of peak performance, he stands out as the best I've ever seen– particularly during his first season with Inter. That single season alone justifies his position at nr1.)
  2. Adriano (What a beast he was. My opinion for him isn't influenced by PES; he truly was a force to be reckoned with. I strongly believed he had the potential to reach Ronaldo's level.)
  3. Milito (During the season of the treble, he was cold, clinical, clutch. A truly exceptional player.)
  4. Vieri (At the peak of his career, he was an absolute monster. While perhaps lacking Milito's clinical touch, he wreaked chaos in the 16.)
  5. Ibrahimovic (Despite his controversial behaviour and occasional disappearances in big matches, I recognize his talent as one of the best strikers in European football)
Other mentions: (Baggio, a personal favorite of mine – Recoba – Icardi (despite his flaws, undeniably a potent goal scorer) – Eto'o (a true warrior) – Crespo,...)
 

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I cannot comment players which I've never watched, so my list is since 95-96 season
1. Ronaldo
2. Milito
3. Etoo
4. Vieri
5. Lautaro

I didn't mentioned Adriano, as he never fulfilled his potential. I was wondering between Lautaro and Ibra for last spot, but I put Lautaro because for me he is more "team player" than Ibra. I didn't list Baggio as well because he was at the end of his career, when he came. Same goes for Batigol.
Some forwards, I really sympathized to are Refoba, Nwanko Kanu, Palacio, Crespo.
 

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@varmin - Nice list. I didn't add Lautaro yet, because I was never really that big of a fan. Yes, he worked hard, but in my opinion he dived to much and was not clinical in front of goal.
Now that he is captain, he takes his responsibility and to me he shows an improved and excellent mentality. If he continues like this then he can rightfully claim his place among the greats of Inter.
 

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I'm gonna break it down

Pre-historic - PEAK :lol:
1. Giuseppe Meazza
2. Alessandro Altobelli
3. Roberto Boninsegna
4. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
5. Benito Lorenzi

then it's 90s and on

Complete forward - Peak
1. Ronaldo
2. Adriano
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
4. Alvaro Recoba
5. Samuel Eto'o
(Lautaro closing in, I guess Ruben Sosa is also around)

Box striker - Peak
1. Christian Vieri
2. Diego Milito
3. Mauro Icardi
4. Hernan Crespo
5. Ivan Zamorano
(I guess Julio Cruz could be a contender but not sure he's over the rest in terms of peak)


In terms of consistency over at least consecutive 3 seasons and peak performance at the club:
1. Christian Vieri
2. Alessandro Altobelli
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
4. Mauro Icardi (effectively Icardi's 4.5 year good run is not greater than Zlatan's 3 year run)
5. Adriano (2.5 seasons, that's why he's not at least 4th :D )

Lautaro will take over next season and go at least 5th.

Obviously Meazza would be here but let's agree that he's by default the #1 guy.
 

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I'll add some videos as well while we're at it. Think I'm allowed 5 thumbnails on each post so sorry in advance :)

Ronaldo

Adriano

Recoba

Vieri

Rummenigge (Serie A only)
 

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1- Ronaldo
2- Milito
3- Adriano
4- Vieri
5- Icardi

- Lauti is a great striker but imo he still can improve and i expect him to work on his finishing skill.
- Milito is the best striker in my eyes in terms of personal preferences however I couldn't put him ahead of Ronaldo it wasn't fair.
 

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I never liked Zamorano, most probably because he was involved in R.Carlos departure.
 

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No love for Lukaku? :D
 

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On most days: Vieri, Ronaldo, Milito, Eto'o, Lautaro

On other days: Baggio, Adriano, Crespo, Icardi, Ibra
 

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I never liked Zamorano, most probably because he was involved in R.Carlos departure.

He wasn't a prolific scorer with us, but he was typically in beast mode and allowed everyone else around to get scoring chances due to his physical presence. His first couple of seasons weren't that great but when he had to step up he always did.

Cannot blame him for Roberto Carlos really, but since there was a swap involved with Real Madrid, we'd be better off with Redondo, which would mean no Sforza (and no iconic Italian film scene as a consequence) and being forced to sign a striker up front, maybe someone like Ernico Chiesa who moved to Parma that season. Montella would have been a great buy - who made a surprise move from Genoa to Sampdoria - but I don't think many thought he was Serie A ready when that happened. And we'd probably ruin the guy haha.


All in all, sure, there could have been better options than Zamorano, but he gave his all for Inter and that's what matters.
 

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I don't mind him as a player, but that season I started to follow Inter closely, and as a kid I was attracted to Carlos, Zanetti and Pagliuca mostly. When Morati did that swap, I used to blame Zamorano somehow, which was a childish act. But I was a child anyway.
 

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I don't mind him as a player, but that season I started to follow Inter closely, and as a kid I was attracted to Carlos, Zanetti and Pagliuca mostly. When Morati did that swap, I used to blame Zamorano somehow, which was a childish act. But I was a child anyway.

Gotcha ;) Thought you still held that grudge haha
 

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Great thread!

I like @varmin list the most. We struggled post-treble/Milito until Icardi, but we were blessed with amazing strikers. Ronaldo though, there should be an empty second spot just to stress how incrediible he was.

I would never include Ibra in top 5 because the league at that time was a stroll in the park, he is more of a joggler for me than a proper football player, and I really didn't like that Inter, nor those titles.
 

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