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Torres, Drogba or Rooney - who's the best?

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Steve Wilson | 17:53 UK time, Thursday, 1 October 2009

I've set myself this challenge with a certain amount of trepidation. This self-appointed task is to choose between the three strikers who I feel are the Premier League's best.

It's really a pub debate with myself, and a bit of fun for whoever might feel moved to chip in and tell me where I'm wrong.

The three I am thinking of are Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.

I've started a row with myself already. What about the skills of Adebayor? Why not the searing pace of Agbonlahor or the intelligence of Van Persie? What of Tottenham's trio of Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch?

Then there is Louis Saha and Darren Bent, who have both had such fine starts to the season. And I haven't even mentioned Eduardo, Tevez, Robinho, Berbatov or Carlton Cole.

We have got such an array of fabulous talent in front of goal in the Premier League, but, for me, Rooney, Drogba and Torres are a cut above.

Now, how to choose? In true tabloid style, I am going to select five categories and award marks out of 10.

To decide on categories, I have consulted with Mark Bright. Here's what we came up with.


Torres - most at home inside the penalty area where he accelerates and glides past defenders with fantastic poise. He has the ability to find his spot with either foot and is great in the air, too. 9/10

Drogba - maybe less of a penalty box predator than Torres, but he can unleash immense power from outside the box. Comfortable on either foot, tremendous in the air and, of course, uses his strength to terrorise defenders. 9/10

Rooney - his goal-attempts are almost always on target as he performs the simple and sublime in front of goal. He may not be quite as effective as Torres or Drogba in the air but is a danger to goalkeepers from almost anywhere. 9/10

Fernando TorresFernando Torres - deadly with either foot and great in the air


Torres - Liverpool's system allows him to rely on others to do much of the hard work outside the box. But you couldn't call him a shirker. 7/10

Drogba - is often Chelsea's best defender of set-pieces, with his power and ability in the air, and since Luiz Felipe Scolari left his attitude has been spot on. 8/10

Rooney - he is a fantastic creator of goals for others as well as scorer of goals for himself. He was often used as a left-sided attacker last season, when Ronaldo played as the centre forward. His willingness to track back is legendary. But his tackling sometimes leaves room for improvement. 9/10

Didier DrogbaDider Drogba - an asset in defence as well as attack


Torres - blistering acceleration with balance makes marking him as hard as catching a fish by hand. 9/10

Drogba - he's quick enough when it matters, though it's his strength which makes him so fearsome. 8/10

Rooney - probably lacks the acceleration of Torres, but his ability to be in the right place at the right time is uncanny. 8/10

Wayne RooneyWayne Rooney - not as pacy as Torres but pops in the right place at the right time


Torres - gets frustrated with team-mates on occasion but rarely gets angry with opponents or referees. He seems to be the model pro when it comes to keeping cool. 9/10

Drogba - his red card in the Champions League final against Manchester United and antics after the Barcelona semi show that Drogba will on occasion lose his head. 7/10

Rooney - he does seem to have worked on his tendency to lose his temper, but it's something which has been played on by opponents in big matches. 7/10


Torres - it's a nagging worry for Liverpool fans who saw Torres miss so much of last season with hamstring injuries, mostly sustained whilst playing for Spain. 7/10

Drogba - not quite so indestructible as his physique would suggest, but then he is six years older than Torres and seven older than Rooney. As a result, he has been getting kicked for longer. 8/10

Rooney - he is harder to stop that the Terminator. He just keeps on playing week in, week out, never losing his edge or consistency. 9/10

So the totals - and as I write this I haven't a clue what they will be...
Torres --- 41/50
Drogba --- 40/50
Rooney --- 42/50

Interesting, and now I am off to argue with myself!


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  • Comment number 1.

    Three very different players that give each of their teams something different.

    Out of the three Torres and Drogba are most similar as they are all about goals in the main. If Torres doesnt score he doesnt contribute much else IMHO.
    Whereas Rooney, as hes proved over the last 2 seasons gives you so much more than goals. He can walk off the pitch without scoring and still be man of the match by a distance.

    I wouldnt swap Rooney for either of the other 2 but id take either of the other 2 in a heartbeat to play just off Wazza. For me as far as out and out strikers go Torres is the best in the world, fractionally in front of Villa and Benzema and he'll only get better.

  • Comment number 2.

    I stopped reading when you gave Drogba 9 out of 10 for finishing!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 3.

    Rooney and metatarsal injuries. Fair enough not so much now but hardly the terminator.

  • Comment number 4.

    Fair outcome there, but surely there's more to the modern striker's game nowadays? How about some extra categories such as diving or simulation, I'm sure Drogba and Torres could pick up some extra points there?

  • Comment number 5.

    Rooney's the best "at football". He's the pictureboy for Team Player. When strikers say, "Yeah, you know, it's more important that the team win than that I score...", he's the only one who really means it.

  • Comment number 6.

    torres 10 finishing
    rooney 8
    drogba 7

    As a united fan i think torres is 3rd/4th best in the world, rooney 1 or 2 places behind. i do think when ronaldo plays up front he is the best by far though. 10/10 in every section

  • Comment number 7.

    first comment...maybe?

    I am a Liverpool fan, so I would naturally say Torres. But I think to be fair that they are actually slightly different players. Torres is a goal machine...and scores in the big games when it matters (Euro 2008 final, v Man Utd in the 4-1 win etc). He has missed too many games for Liverpools good, but he will always score goals when he plays.

    Rooney is a class player, no doubt. Not a goal machine, but he scores often and his work rate and commitment are second to none. Has yet to deliver on the big stage like in the Euros or World Cup etc, but his time could be coming next year in South Africa.

    Drogba is so strong, as you rightly say, and is surrounded by a squad that is arguably the best in England, whereas Rooney and Torres quite often have to carry their teams (yes I admit it, yet LFC can score without him, but he is greatly missed when not there. Man Utd would probably miss Rooney even more...not just for his goals but his work rate). Drogba not being there at Chelsea is not so important, I feel, as Anelka is also while not in the class of Drogba, still a very good striker.

    So it is hard to compare them, but I would say that Torres is the best goalscorer, Rooney the most hard working striker, and Drogba the best spearhead to a team. All this is just my opinion of course :)

  • Comment number 8.

    Ok not first comment, just number 7...That was King Kenny`s shirt number, so that`s good enough for me :)

  • Comment number 9.

    Out of the three, I think Rooney is probably the least fragile, the most creative and the hardest worker. I believe Drogba has the strength and athleticism that makes him lethal. I think Torres is becoming more confident on the ball and is probably the most direct striker in his actions.

    However I am wondering on what basis these three have been chosen? Why did van Persie not get a mention? Although he is yet to be as productive as these three, he is by far the more complete, influential (n.b. assists) and natural striker in the premier league at the moment. Not even mentioned...

  • Comment number 10.

    Come on now. I follow Man utd in the Premier league but you're ratings are at times unrealistic.

    torres: 9/10
    Drogba: 8/10
    Rooney: 7/10 - needs to score more

    team Contribution:
    Torres: 6/10 - goes missing
    Drogba: 8/10 - you usually know he is there
    Rooney: 10/10 - our Gerrard.
    torres: 9/10
    Drogba: 8/10
    rooney: 8/10

    Torres: 9/10
    Drogba: 7/10

    Staying Fit
    torres: 5/10
    Drogba: 6/10
    Rooney: 8/10

    Torres: 38
    Drogba: 37
    Rooney: 40

    Those categories aren't enough to sum them up though. I would add:

    Torres: 6/10
    Drogba: 7/10
    Rooney: 8/10

    Natural skill/ability:
    Torres: 9/10
    Drogba: 7/10
    Rooney 8/10

    Torres: 8/10
    Drogba: 10/10
    Rooney: 9/10

    Final scores:

    Torres: 61
    Drogba: 61
    rooney: 65

  • Comment number 11.

    All roads lead to Rooney.

  • Comment number 12.

    I don't care what the scores add up to, Torres is the best striker out of the three.

    In the premier league, he has scored an incredible 46 goals in 64 games. Compare this to Drogba's and Rooney:

    Drogba: 61 goals in 141 games.
    Rooney: 71 goals in 164 games.

    The scores for each section are merely public opinion. What I have here are pure solid facts. There is no arguing with facts.

  • Comment number 13.

    Strikers are judged on goals, and rightly so. Torres strike record blows Drogba and Rooney out of the water. It isn't even close.

    Does this make Torres the best player? Not necessarily

    Does it make him the best striker? Yes

    All three are fantastic players and are invaluable to their respective teams.

  • Comment number 14.

    ketamine how can u rate torres a 6 for creativity. did u not see the first goal against hull?? the way he created space when there was none was unreal, neither drogba nor rooney couldve flicked the ball the way he did and created that chance.

    thats not to say they wouldnt have scored in the same situation, maybe they would have placed the ball perfectly in the corner or just smashed it past the keeper, maybe they wouldnt have scored at all, either way neither wouldve been creative enuff to do what torres did. 10/10

  • Comment number 15.

    " The 606 Member Formerly Known as 'The Zog' wrote:
    I don't care what the scores add up to, Torres is the best striker out of the three"
    "The scores for each section are merely public opinion. What I have here are pure solid facts. There is no arguing with facts. "

    You state by your first sentance who you think is the best, you then produce the facts to fit your opinion, hardly fairminded is it? And by the way, you don have facts, you have statistics, dammed lies and statistics in fact.
    For example, you pick the PL, but what about cups? What about internationals, and what about europe? Why did you not pick career stats? Simple anwser, because Torres has been in the PL the shortest time and was the most developed when he started playing, you are therefore ignoring all his "learning" matches as a youngster and as he matured, but you are counting Rooneys, again hardly a fair comparison!

    And as any Fairminded person will attest Torres is Liverpools Focal striker, for years Rooney haven't been, he was asked to muscle defenders, and set up ronaldo, so he did, Torres is far more selfish, so why not count assists?

    The only Fact is that most people will make up the stats to support their argument, and not find the stats, then accept the results, credit to Steve for doing that!

    In my personal opinion they are all different players, and suite different styles of play, Drogba suites Chelsea's "attritional" style of play, Torres suites liverpools focus on individual skill and brilliance, Rooney is the very essence of what Utd fans want in their teams, and that is hard-working team players, the fans of all 3 teams are happy with who they have, why not leave it at that?

  • Comment number 16.

    I would like to see the goal scored to attempts on goal ratios for these guys, then we'll talk about finishing. I've seen Rooney drag it wide when clear through too many times to rate him as a finisher, although he does score some absolute gems. Torres gets my vote, every time he gets some space with the ball you expect him to score, the only way teams stop him is to not give him any time or space on the ball. On the other hand Rooney and Drogba can make their own space by shrugging off defenders, Drogba especially.

    I'm not surprised that none of Arsenals stikers are mentioned, they don't have a top drawer striker in my opinion. Every season is going to be the one Van Persie steps up, but he is not a 20+ goals striker.

  • Comment number 17.

    I'd go for,

    1. Rooney.
    2. Drogba.
    3. Torres.

    Rooney has the capability to score the goals of Torres but is also the creative force in the United team whereas Gerrard and Lampard are on hand for Torres and Drogba respectively. It's only early days but Rooney has really stepped-up to fill the hole left by Ronaldo. He may not have the mecurial skills of Ronaldo but his awareness of his team mates is far superior. He is also a good passer of the ball and can finish from nearly anywhere in and around the box. Lobs, curlers, volleys, power, he's got it all in terms of shooting technique. Playing through the centre, he is an exceptional player initiating quick counter attacks and providing the finishing touch. He is undoubtedly one of the best, most versatile attacking players in the world.

    With Drogba and Torres, they are not as creative as Rooney. Drogba trumps Torres in this respect as his strength allows him to beat players (when he's not diving) and his head doesn't go down as often as Torres. As much as it pains me to say, Drogba could well be one of the finest exponents of centre forward play in the world as he can hold up the ball, go past players, is excellent in the air and with the ball at his feet.

    Torres' greatest weapon is his exceptional movement. Contrary to most, I don't believe Torres is about raw pace. It is his incredible movement and ability to create gaps in defence which gives the impression of blistering pace. However he is injury prone and there is always the question as to whether or not he will flourish without Gerrard behind him. With Xabi Alonso gone, Liverpool don't have a guy to fly in long accurate balls limiting his service from non-Gerrard areas. This is made worse by Benitez's tinkering for example Benayoun is superb but Rafa doesn't always play him (yet he persists with Lucas. Odd.).

    Torres can go missing too. Obviously this is a problem with all players but if he does have an off day it is obvious in the Liverpool team as they rely on him so heavily and the focus is always on him. If Drogba doesn't perform there is always a chance he will score as he has so many great players to back him up and make him look better. This makes it more difficult to choose between Drogba and Torres as whilst Torres is an amazing player, if he does not have the people behind him he can't get into the match.

    Additionally, Liverpool can be comical at the back which increases the reliance on Torres even more. There are only so many times that Torres can bail out Liverpool (see the West Ham Match). If he'd had an off day then, Liverpool could have said goodbye to their title challenge.

  • Comment number 18.

    Out of the 3 strikers torres is the best in the world,if they were in the same team rooney would be a 2nd choice striker,and Drogba a 3rd choice striker

  • Comment number 19.

    i think the best striker has to be fernando torres, i know drogba is a pretty special striker and creates the space, but torres can work with nothing he creates space fron nothing just like he did against west ham, he gets back hes the all round striker so my answer is fernando torres :)

  • Comment number 20.

    I say Fernando Torres is the best striker in the world right now bar none & I'm a GOONER,

  • Comment number 21.

    Why am I not surprised at your result? The caption should have been 'Fergie said it, now I can prove it, Rooney is the best'.

    If not for the fear of complete ridicule, some would have already started campaigning for Rooney as FIFA player of the year; but wait Ronaldo is still banging in goals for fun; Messi and Kaka are still as captivating as ever, so lets limit it to the premiership.

    In the 18-yard box, when space is tight, Drogba is go to guy. When it comes to taking on a defender one-on-one and showing them the grass Torres is unparalled. Rooney is a box of energy, the beloved box to box type English workhorse who knows where the goal is...

    Can Rooney dribble? NO! Can he lead the line? NO! Can he take a game by the scruff of the neck and turn it around? NO! Who has done all of this either at Club level or for their national team amongst the three - Torres. He is the best. So spare us the propanganda...

  • Comment number 22.

    All excellent players obviously but lets be honest , if we polled the top 100 non-English football managers/coaches/journalists , Rooney would barely get a vote as the best of the 3.

    You need to stop trying so hard lads , Ferguson isn't going to start talking to you.

  • Comment number 23.

    Torres could pace them 20 time out of 10

    Torres 10

  • Comment number 24.

    As a red I would go for Torres all the way - obviously - If we are defining a striker on who would you want with that last minute clean through chance , then it's Torres all the way for me , no doubt !! If we are talking about someone leading from the front , holding up the ball , hassling defenders , making their afternoons difficult and being a general pain in the a*** to the opposition then Drogba wins hands down - He does my head in !! If we are talking about working for the team , running around the whole game , one end of the pitch to another - where does he get that energy from ???...He can pick a pass from anywhere - energy , vision , passing ......Rooney sounds - and looks , to me - like an attacking midfielder , central , just behind the front two , or one , rather than up front .......

    Torres' finishing is way above these other two , so the rating comparison on here is too juvenile to even use it , but Torres for finishing , Drogba for leadership and Rooney for Drive...........But I'm happy with Torres , and im sure the fans of the other two are just as happy .

    With regards any other premiership players being placed in this debate??.....Not a chance , severely rose tinted if anyone thinks otherwise !!!

  • Comment number 25.

    Ha! Yes you better go argue with yourself.
    This is a case of Lampard v Gerrard mk2.
    Rooney is no doubt a quality player but is not as good as Torres. Rooney will be consistenly good but does not have enough magical games where he single handidly wins games for his clubs.
    As they are both a similar age hypothetically if Torres and Rooney were to be sold tomorrow who would bring in the bigger fee? hmmmmm!
    I could write article where i could compare Rooney to Dirk Kuyt, both work hard, play wide because of their commitment to track back, chip in with handy goals! Haha!

  • Comment number 26.

    Ronaldo is a striker. He has been a striker playing on the wing for so long but he is clearly a central player. I just wish he had stayed at United so we could see one of the finest centre-forwards ever. Unfortunately Pellegrini doesnt have the vision or know-how to convert Ronaldo. He would be the perfect centre-forward, 10/10 in every category. Outside of the Premier League I would say Ronaldo is the best striker, in I would say Torres is the best. Rooney is brilliant but not quite there yet, he cannot play as lone striker. If he was a bit taller I would have to say Rooney however, especially if he was good in the air.

  • Comment number 27.

    Torres is the best striker by a land slide, but Rooney is the best player because he's not a proper forward and lacks the goals of Torres

  • Comment number 28.

    I've got to take issue with post #4. Tankcolin, fair enough Drogba and Torres may go down easily at times, but your excluding Rooney from this!? Have you not seen him play for England recently? Lets not forget diving is as much as problem for English players as it is for foreigners.

    As to the best striker, they are are fantastically good players in different ways. So I would use their behaviour and their image as a role model both on and off the pitch. On that score Torres wins.

  • Comment number 29.

    Hmmmm i think there are some slight mistakes in this blog...first of all using temperament as a indicator would heavily shift the results in Torres' favour because lets face it Rooney and Drogba are both loose cannons, giving them a rating of 7 out of 10 i dont think so taking lets say the top 1000 players in the world i dont think they would fall into the top 300 for discipline Rooney has received numerous red cards and so has Drogba, id say that they would be award a 2 or a 3 at best, i think that power should replace this category but since it has been used these are my results:

    torres: 10/10
    Drogba: 8/10
    Rooney: 8/10

    team Contribution:
    Torres: 7/10
    Drogba: 7/10
    Rooney: 10/10
    torres: 10/10
    Drogba: 8/10
    rooney: 8/10

    Torres: 9/10
    Drogba: 3/10

    Staying Fit
    torres: 7/10
    Drogba: 8/10
    Rooney: 8/10

    Torres: 43
    Drogba: 36
    Rooney: 36

    I am an Arsenal fan btw so i like to think that my bais are minimal...I think that the categories should be revised to show the potential of the play and then the results would be far closer.

  • Comment number 30.

    Rooney and Drogba definately should not have 9/10 finishing ability

  • Comment number 31.

    A predictable outcome in the English Press's crusade to pass Rooney off as being one of the best players in the world. Rooney is as good a finisher as Torres and Drogba, give me a break.

  • Comment number 32.

    Pointless debate but I have nothing better to do so I'll throw in my 2p worth. Torres is the best finisher and best out and out striker and Drogba rates slightly below him. Rooney's not the same kind of player as the other two and he's got the best all round game. If a team needs a striker they should go with Torres. If they need someone to chase the ball all over the park then Rooney's the man. Different kind of players for different team play. It's like comparing Apples and Oranges. Who would Gerrard rather have in front of him? Goes without saying it's Torres.

  • Comment number 33.

    I have to agree with MacTowas. While there can be no denying Rooney is a great player I think that there's a severe over-use of hyperbole by the media simply because he is an England international who just happens to be good.

    My opinion of the three:

    Torres 9/10
    Drogba 8/10
    Rooney 8/10

    Drogba gets marked down for discipline, Rooney for not putting away a lot of chances he really should've. Torres is pure class (his display against Hull last week, especially his first goal, was fantastic) and would have gotten 10/10 but for injuries.

  • Comment number 34.

    I would agree and say overall that Rooney is the better striker. What you havn't accounted for is creativity. Rooney isn't just about goals, he is a fantastic link man for the whole team and most of Man Utds best moves come through him at some point. His range of short and long passing is exemplary. He also has fantastic vision either for a pass or for goal. He will try anything to get a goal but can be unselfish aswell. He never hides during a game and is constantly involved. He also covers a huge amount of ground during a game and is physically very strong.

    I would also say his temperment is much improved over the last 12 months, probably Fergie's influence. Having said all that about Rooney I do rate Torres. He has strength, speed, good close control and a fantastic eye for goal. What is interesting about both Torres and Rooney is that they are both still young and have room for improvement.

    Drogba is a great player and on his day can be almost unplayable due to the combination of sheer strength and speed. My only concern with him is that his shooting sometimes lets him down. By this I mean that of the three I would say he has the least "clean" strike of a ball i.e. he sometimes "scuffs" his shots or mishits which Rooney and Torres rarely do. But having said that his scoring record is very good so he must be doing something right.

    All in all the numbers do add up to show Rooney as top man. I think he will also prosper further this season without Ronaldo as he is now the top man. His challenge will be to live up to it.

  • Comment number 35.

    What a joke. Rooneys or Drogba finishing the same as Torres?
    Rooney is stays fit the most?

    also, Drogba adds more to a team than Rooney. Defends set piece and is the most crucial point in attack, setting plays AND scoring?

    This article is something a WUM would write, and seeing how it opened up, I see that was your aim.

  • Comment number 36.

    Best 'Striker' in the world is Torres, no question. If you had to pick out of the three who you would want to stick the ball away it would be him. Drogba often scuffs the ball, missed chances against Barca last season in Champions league were atrocious. Rooney also misses frequently, but then hits a gem like the famous Newcastle goal.

    I do however think it is unfair to draw Rooney into this category. Rooney isn't a 'Striker' and neither is Drogba arguably. A Centre Forward would be a fairer assumption. My arguement is this; Torres relies on Steven Gerrard whereas Rooney and Drogba don't. As people have said time and time again Rooney's work rate is outstanding but then that isn't what the question is Strikers are rated on goalscoring ability... so Torres wins... surely???

  • Comment number 37.

    Emmnues are you for real?

    Rooney cant dribble lead the line or take a game by the scuff of the neck?

    Rooney can do all 3 of those and much more he has everything and is a more of an all round player the torres although torres will score more.

    You obviously aint ever seen rooney if you think he cant do any of the 3 things above.
    In my opinion Drogba aint in the calibure of the other 2 although he is still a quality player

  • Comment number 38.

    Listen people, this is one persons opinion, why slate the guy? It is difficult to choose between the three, so obviously people will have different opinions on who is better. I am a Liverpool fan and not only because Torres plays for Liverpool that I think he is a better striker but because it is my opinion.

    I too disagree with a lot of the ratings given but the guy is entitled to his opinion.

    torres: 9/10
    Drogba: 8/10
    Rooney: 7/10

    team Contribution:
    Torres: 7/10
    Drogba: 9/10 - you usually know he is there
    Rooney: 10/10 - our Gerrard.
    torres: 9/10
    Drogba: 7/10
    rooney: 6/10

    Torres: 8/10(I find it strange that you think Torres doesn't get involved with referees and opposition players, he has been really bad in this respect so far this season. Although we all know the treatment he gets from defenders)
    Drogba: 5/10-Terrible discipline
    Rooney:6/10-Is a strange one, he can be fine for most of the season then he just turns, you say to yourself oh no he's lost it, he is gonna get sent off soon, usually you're right.

    Staying Fit
    torres: 7/10-he got injured last season and didn't really recover from it, although I don't see how that is injury problems, it happens to all players.
    Drogba: 7/10
    Rooney: 8/10

    Torres: 40
    Drogba: 36
    Rooney: 36

  • Comment number 39.


    I copied and pasted one guys ratings so I could enter my own with less effort, yes I know, how lazy of me and somehow I left in the Rooney thing about being "our Gerrard". I don't think Rooney is our Gerrard, just to put things straight.

  • Comment number 40.

    As a Manchester united fan I d say Fernando Torres is probably the best striker. No doubts about that. But I'd rather have rooney on my team for what he gives to a team like United's which is more than just finishing. Passion most of all, creative play making oppurtunities for others, tracking back when needed - remember how he defended the left wing. To win championships, you need more than just scoring at an impressive strike rate. Rooney gives that to the team and therefore he is my first choice.

  • Comment number 41.

    Answer me this, when was the last time Rooney score 20 league goals in a season?

    He hasn't, never has, never will. But you've got to have ManU in there, and you've got to fix it so they win. Ronaldo and Tevez have gone so Rooney has to be spun as the new 'best player in the world'

    More media ManUtd sycophancy I'm afraid

  • Comment number 42.

    If I was 'in the trenches' playing a tough game there is only striker out of the three I would have in the team, and that's Rooney. I know I would be able to rely on him and I know the teaam would be able to rely on him. Tores is quality, no doubt, and Drogba has raw power, but they are both wimps.

  • Comment number 43.

    Utd fan here. There is clearly a lot of bias in this discussion, and anyway, it is not a fair comparison.

    For example, when Ronaldo was at Utd, he scored more goals than all 3 of these players, yet he wasn't classed as a 'striker' he was primarily a right winger, pushing forward.

    Rooney and Drogba ARE classed as strikers, but don't score as often as Torres. See the problem here?

    I for one do not judge a 'striker' simply on goal scoring, because then there would be no contest, because lets face it, Torres would win everytime.

    It's more than just goal scoring. If you lose a big goal scorer (like Ronaldo) then a good team can accommodate that, and find goals from elsewhere, as Utd have done this season. However if you lose your creative, hard working goal CREATORS (like Rooney) then there will be no service to the goal scorer, and you're stuffed. This is why I class Rooney as the better PLAYER.

    So if the question is:

    Who is the best goal scorer? TORRES - I would want a chance to fall to him rather than the other 2 players.

    Who is the best PLAYER? ROONEY 1st and Drogba 2nd - Contribute more to the TEAM than Torres, who often goes completely missing.

    Havn't really mentioned Drogba a lot in this, simply because I don't rate him as highly as Torres and Rooney, hes still a top class player though.

    P.S As for those people rating Rooney 3/10 for temperment, hes not Roy Keane :D

  • Comment number 44.

    I'm completely neutral - I don't support Man Utd, Liverpool or Chelsea - and as far as I'm concerned, Torres is by far the best of the three.

    His strike rate is much the best, and his contributions in big games (for Spain as well as for Liverpool) can be critical.

    If Torres suffered fewer injuries - and if he had more support at Liverpool - the comparison wouldn't even be worth making.

  • Comment number 45.

    It just amazes me how some people don't check their facts!

    @12: " There is no arguing with facts." (Goals scored in the Prem by Torres)

    Too right you can't argue with the facts, Drogba has a career goals/game ratio of 1 goal every 2.147 games while Torres is 1 goal every 2.405 based on that Drogba is clearly more prolific!

    And @41: "Answer me this, when was the last time Rooney score 20 league goals in a season?"

    Never has but might this season, but Torres and Drogba have both achieved that feat JUST ONCE! Hardly a huge difference then is there?

    In terms of scoring 20 or more goals in all competitions in a season Rooney has achieved this Torres and Drogba's 3 times each.....again not much difference.

    Add in Rooney's much greater all round contribution to the team and he is a worthy choice. Your entire comment really just reflects your anti Utd bias.

  • Comment number 46.

    I think the question you have to ask yourself is: Who of the three would you want in your team?

    Not a doubt in my mind..... TORRES

  • Comment number 47.

    words of wisdom
    Re: Torres,u cracked me up mate...46 goals in 65 (i think) games has to give you a ratio of a goal every 1 point something games; It cant be 1 in 2.4.
    Unless of course you have discovered some ancient math solving skills that you need to pass on to the rest of us earthlings.

  • Comment number 48.

    Liverpool fan, but come on now, Rooney a better STRIKER than Torres????. Put Rooney on Liverpool and Torres on United and what do you think their goal totals would be? Torres scores goals out of nothing. IMHO Rooney should be a central midfielder. Amazing energy (and pace for such a pudgy man), great vision, great team player. But Torres is by far the better striker.

  • Comment number 49.

    I know Steve is a Liverpool fan but he can't have seen much of them this season. Torres (apart from scoring goals - he is a great player) has spent most of his time moaning at linesmen and referees!

  • Comment number 50.

    Firstly, how can you compare 2 out and out strikers like Drogba and Torres...with Rooney? You give Rooney extra points for his tracking back qualities... with all due respect with the systems Liverpool and Chelsea play do you really want your lone striker vacating the space, he should be manning all the time?

    We've seen Rooney played as the lone striker,(Club and Country) he can't stay put, he hasn't got the discipline... hence played as second striker or attacking midfield...

    So why not compare him with similiar players for a start Ronaldo, Messi, Gerrard...

  • Comment number 51.

    A pub debate with yourself??? why doesn't that surprise me.


  • Comment number 52.

    10. At 7:13pm on 01 Oct 2009, ketaminejustsayneigh wrote:

    yours is the most balanced and comprehensive scores so far. Totally agree.

    However you could add

    Set Pieces

    Drogba 9/10
    Torres 7/10
    Rooney 7/10

    Rooney however is still more of and '8' than a 'top 9'. He plays best as a support striker behind an arrow head. A Rooney-Torres or Rooney-Drogba combination would be perfect.

  • Comment number 53.

    This article is utter rubbish - designed to make the English "striker" look the best out of the 3 and confirms my long standing opinion that Mark Bright doesn't have a clue. I can guarantee if Torres or Drogba were English they'd have finished streets ahead.

    I don't really know where to start with what is wrong with the scoring but
    All 3 scored 9/10!! Rooney doesn't have the goals per game ratio to match Torres or Drogba and his scoring record is like that of Kuyts in recent seasons yet he is widely reported as rubbish (which by the way is nonsense)

    Team contribution: OK these were fair enough. Rooney does contribute alot - in many respects he's man united Dirk Kuyt.

    Pace: Rooney only 1 point behind Torres!! please don't make me laugh Torres should be at least 3 points ahead of Rooney - I can imagine that this was doctoring the scores to ensure the English man won.

    Discipline: No arguments there - except Drogba should be a fair bit behind the other 2 - OK so he's improved this season but are you forgetting the champions league semi last year - when the heat is on Drogba is a hot head.

    Staying fit: I think this category was created just to give Rooney the points he needs to win this contest. But Rooney has had metatarsal problems in the past as well so he is hardly the terminator! This category has really nothing to do with the quality of the striker!!

    Also its a bit harsh to completely overlook other quality strikers such as Van Persie who I feel is as good as Rooney (only he's dutch not english - indeed his strike rate is probably similar if not slightly better), Adebayor who's been setting the league alight etc.

    To summarise its impossible to say which of the 3 is the best - they are all different players - Rooney doesn't really play in the same way as Torres or Drogba does - if you asked the fans of each team who's the best they would all say their own man! So its pointless devising a scoring system whose only purpose is to ensure the english man wins!

  • Comment number 54.

    There's only one Lee Barnard

  • Comment number 55.

    Agree with most things you say but, overlooking the fact that he is a bit of a tool Adebayor should be up there too. He would probably finish fourth but those 4 are a big cut above anyone else in the Prem.

  • Comment number 56.

    Like a lot of people have already pointed out, they are three totally different players, each playing in a different system. But as a Gooner, the one I would pick would be Torres. His finishing is sublime, and I can only wonder how many he would score with the service he'd get at Arsenal. Saying that, with the way we finish, I'd take any of them.

  • Comment number 57.

    @47 masaimtdr

    "words of wisdom
    Re: Torres,u cracked me up mate...46 goals in 65 (i think) games has to give you a ratio of a goal every 1 point something games; It cant be 1 in 2.4.
    Unless of course you have discovered some ancient math solving skills that you need to pass on to the rest of us earthlings."

    No....but I can recommend a course in basic reading skills! I said "career goals/game ratio".....not just the last couple of years in the PL. Get it?

    Cracked me up that!!

  • Comment number 58.

    53 - Finishing has nothing to do with goals/games ratio or goals tally. Finishing is simply what it says...finish..finishing...last touch.... i.e taking a chance when it comes to you.

    Goals/games or amount of goals scored is not how you measure finishing ability. Torres scores more, but I guarantee he's had more shots at goal in which to do so. A GOALS/SHOTS comparison between the 3 players would be a more appropriate measure, and getting those stats from a reliable source is tricky. My guessing is those stats would be tight. So I agree with rating all players the same 9/10 for finishing.

    And I wish people would stop claiming that the BBC are biased towards english players and Man United. This blog is OPINION, which everyone is entitled to. And might I add that Robbo I think it was, predicted LIVERPOOL to win the Premier League, yet hes another one thats accused of being Man United biased.

  • Comment number 59.

    What would Zamora's rating be, just curious. Do you get points for landing the ball in row Z?

  • Comment number 60.

    Big surprise, the English striker comes tops.

  • Comment number 61.

    Just read a comment from Tankcolin

    4. At 6:57pm on 01 Oct 2009, tankcolin wrote:
    How about some extra categories such as diving or simulation, I'm sure Drogba and Torres could pick up some extra points there?

    And Rooney??

  • Comment number 62.

    Torres only scores wonder goals in anfield just lyke henry in highbury. He's d best striker no doubt but is injury prone .When he gets to 27 his injury situation will be worst than dat of owen. Talking abt d hull game last week, wasn't suprised but wat do u expect; a team dat has won twice in their last 25games fielding or handing a 16yr old his debut. Of course Torres will tear him apart. why couldnt he do dat agst fioretina. I'll neva exchange rooney 4 any player in d world unless ur maradona. Get a dvd on rooney, u'll be amazed to see he's scored all types of goals from volley to chips, freekicks, screamers,flicks, headers, tap ins,round off d keeper even penalty kick.

  • Comment number 63.

    Just another note on the finishing aspect of this discussion, Last season, Michael Owen had the best goals/shots ratio of all strikers in the Premier League. He had only 28 shots in 28 games but scored with 8 of them, thats 2 goals every 7 shots, thats 29% of his shots end up as goals.

    So last season, none of these 3 players were the best finisher. If this was a discussion on finishing ability alone, Michael Owen would surely be up there. Which is why Fergie offered him a contract. Not very good fitness wise, but when a chance falls to him, he takes it.

    Oh wait, an English player, I'm being biased now towards english players, doh.

  • Comment number 64.

    How can you rate strikers without comparing goals scored??? Rooney in my opinion is no where near Torres as a goalscorer, and as a target man Drogba is streets ahead of the other two. The consistency of Rooney is based I'm assuming on league games this season because in the Champions League he's been quiet, and whilst some of his league performances have been impressive he missed a hatfull of changes for England against Slovenia including at least two open goals. Why didn't you just include Englishness as a criteria just to make sure he won? Best striker in the Premier League this season is either Bent or Defoe. They are scoring more goals than these three in teams that don't create the number of chances that the big four do!

  • Comment number 65.

    How about points for making goals out of nothing? Torres wins that hands down and is arguably the most important aspect of a striker's game

  • Comment number 66.

    Rooney and Torres in the same team....

    Now youre talking :O)

  • Comment number 67.

    Of the three, Drogba far more than the others fits the bill as a true centre forward with his athleticism, power, goal instincts and ability to lead the line and work defenders. He's also the best for me in the air, most memorably with a goal he scored a few years back, away from home against bayern munich in the champions league. 18 yards out, moving away from goal and somehow able to arc his body and work the neck muscles to generate a huge amount of power and beat the keeper top corner. truly stunning goal and not a goal torres or rooney would be capable of scoring. For all that said, its rooneys attitude and presence on the pitch that makes him the best footballer of the three. Torres for me is an exceptional player but along with gerrard is overrated to some extent. His best performances tend to, but certanly not always, come against weaker opponents or in matches where liverpool are comfortable in the game.

  • Comment number 68.

    i think it would be good to look at their performances in the big games and against thier rivals.

    Drogba simply has a habbit of scoring big and important goals.

    he always scores against arsenal, scored inlast seasons cup final, normally gives liverpool a horrible time. and barcelona often fail to cope with him.

    he generally gives Chelsea the most when he really needs to.

    torres for me maybe able to score against hull etc. but often struggles away from hope.

  • Comment number 69.

    Comment No. 7 Robokopthe3rd, has Euro 2004 been wiped from the history books?? Did an 18 year old Wayne Rooney not score 4 goals, to finish joint 2nd in the top scorers list? He could have gone on to top the scoring charts if he hadn't broken a metatarsel.

    In my opinion, I think the result of this debate is spot on. As an all round attacking footballer I think Rooney shades it. The goal scoring stats would suggest otherwise but his all round contribution can not be surpassed by Torres or Drogba.

  • Comment number 70.

    this debate could go on all prefer rooney because im a United fan and he is involved in everything in the majority of matches for United.
    I wouldnt mind all three to be honest, drogba to win the balls in the air and hold it up, rooney to get the ball and create everything and torres to score the goals

  • Comment number 71.

    I love the point from Rafa's_Magic_hand_signals about rooney getting props for being able to play on the wing?!? Yes its a bonus but shouldn't be bought up when assessing him as a striker!

  • Comment number 72.

    the point is that technically Torres is the most complete, but Rooney isn't the same position as the other two. i feel that this season will be Rooney's hardest as he can't rely on Ronaldo anymore, so he might be found out. Winning a game from nothing is important in the PL, and where Torres carried Athletico (and Liverpool this year) and Drogba expects to win games on his own, Rooney doesn't have that.

  • Comment number 73.

    This is an abloute JOKE. How can Steve Wilson give in every five categories minimum on a 7.
    Discipline for one - Hello Drogba antics last season when barc knocked chelsea out, is one of a long history 4 drogba. Rooney 2 is a hot head and will always be one, stamping on carvelho in the euro, constantly bitting the ears off referees.
    A true reflection of the scores I think are
    FINISHING (i.e goal scoring abilty)
    Torres - 10
    Drogba - 8
    Rooney - 6
    Torres - 8
    Drogba - 5
    Rooney - 5
    Torres - 8
    Drogba - 3
    Rooney - 4
    Torres - 6
    Drogba - 8
    Rooney - 9 (would be 10 but tends to go mising in big games, always will b under ronaldo's shadow)
    Torres - 6
    Drogba - 8
    Rooney - 8
    Torres - 38
    Drogba - 32
    Rooney - 32

  • Comment number 74.

    You mentioned rooney's ability to be in the right place at the right time briefly, shouldn't positioning be a category on its own. Torres and Rooney clearly 10/10, drogba probably slightly less.

    Also if you have a team and all it's lacking is goals you'd go for Torres and Drogba as better out-and-out strikers. Rooney is arguably a better all-round player, one post fairly likening him to Gerrard, but you'd much rather see Drogba or Torres in the box. We shouldn't be fooled too much by the fact Rooney is currently in the goalscoring form of his life.
    Also Rooney and Drogba probably deserve lower discipline scores than you gave if Torres is a 9/10.

  • Comment number 75.

    How come no one has mentioned Drogba excellent ability at set pieces?

  • Comment number 76.

    " Rooney is a 9/10 finisher" ???

    He has many other qualities but finishing isn't one of them.

  • Comment number 77.

    72. At 10:31am on 02 Oct 2009, captainlazytim wrote:
    "i feel that this season will be Rooney's hardest as he can't rely on Ronaldo anymore, so he might be found out. Winning a game from nothing is important in the PL, and where Torres carried Athletico (and Liverpool this year) and Drogba expects to win games on his own, Rooney doesn't have that."

    7 goals in 10 games so far, including the saving goal in the CC, the winner against Birmingham and the goal against Spurs that finished the game, suggests your far at least....doesn't stand-up to scrutiny.

    Also, Gerrard comes up with the vital goal for Liverpool much more often than Torres. Backs to the wall and I'd have Gerrard ahead of Torres any day.

  • Comment number 78.

    Are you a man*** fan?

  • Comment number 79.

    I'm sorry, but I have to debate the issue of discipline. If I try and think of ant strikers that are more undisciplined than Wayne Rooney, I really do struggle. Drogba is bad too, but his are much less frequent. It is very rare to see Rooney remain calm at 1-0 down with 50 mins gone. He'll be remonstrating with referees and players and this is much worse if his team goes two down.

    People may say his temperament has gotten better, but I disagree, I just think its so infrequent that games are going against Man U that there is no need for him to get wound up. That said, he can still lose it when the game just has added pressure, rather than the team being down.

    As such on a discipline basis I would rate them as:

    Torres 9
    Drogba 6
    Rooney 4

    Having said that I would rate their finishing abilities as

    Torres 9
    Drogba 8
    Rooney 7

    I would also add the category of consistency

    Torres 8
    Drogba 6
    Rooney 7

    Torres loses out because of his european form, Drogba suffers due to too many low scoring seasons and Rooney could move up in this category if he plays as a striker for the foreseeable future.

  • Comment number 80.

    I could have told you before you started you Rooney would have came out top in your ratings. There is no denying he is a great player, but better than Torres? I'm not so sure.

  • Comment number 81.

    A centre forwards job is to score goals, Torres does that better than the other 2. Torres is the best finisher out of both of them & he's in the top 2/3 in the world. As for DISCIPLINE, Rooney & Drogbas records speaks for it self, red card in big games, Champions league finals, world cups etc.

  • Comment number 82.

    this is a load of trash! the only catagory rooney could even hold a candle to torres in is team contribution and even he goes missing in alot of games or maybe hes jst been seen off!... waste of time!

  • Comment number 83.

    I think Steve wilson didn't mention his other secrete category -
    being english
    Torres - 0
    Drogba - 0
    Rooney - 10

  • Comment number 84.

    I forgot to mention about the discipline category. Correct me if I'm wrong but was Rafa Benitez not complaining about Torres the other week, about how he fails to keep his cool and argues with referees and opposition defenders far too often?

  • Comment number 85.

    How about loyalty as an additional category. You can take for granted that rooney will be at man utd in ten years time, bowing out as an alltime premiership great. Liverpools love affir with torres however. You just know that it will end acrimoniously in a year or so time with him riding off into the sunset to play for the team he alway wanted to i.e. barca, madrid, even milan ala christaiano ronaldo. See also cesc fabregas.

  • Comment number 86.

    I am a Man Utd fan so i might be biased but too many people have attacked the blogger here.
    torres: 9/10
    Drogba: 8/10
    Rooney: 8/10 (people say he doesnt score more but the fact is he doesnt get as many chances, when HE has Gerrard behind him, he scores 10 in 9)

    team Contribution:
    Torres: 8/10
    Drogba: 9/10
    Rooney: 10/10

    pace & stamina
    torres: 9/10 (the fastest among the 3)
    Drogba: 8/10
    rooney: 9/10 (runs the most among them)

    Torres: 8/10 (this season even he has had his moments)
    Drogba: 5/10- (no improvement)
    Rooney: 7/10- (some might say i am biased here, but this season he has been the peace-maker this season for us so many times!!)

    Staying Fit
    torres: 7/10
    Drogba: 7/10
    Rooney: 8/10

    Torres: 40
    Drogba: 37
    Rooney: 42

    some say creativity should be counted but all have their own creative skills which the others cant imitate.

  • Comment number 87.

    All fantastic players. Out and out strikers i think it would be silly to say torres ain't the best, but I don't think
    drogba and Rooney r that type of player, they get goals thell both be there about at the top this season along with torres but there not all about playing off the defender. Torres could go
    a whole game and have 4 touches where as Rooney would have more than some
    of the centre mids! Not saying torres doesn't do alot with those touches though. But watching Rooney play is different. He's a genious. He's Paul scholes meets zidane meets stevie g! He's only 23 and he's a leader! Definitly a future old Trafford captain!

  • Comment number 88.

    Rooney's discipline is 7/10? You gotta be kidding me right? Surely 7/10 means 'Good' His discipline is more like a 3 surely.

  • Comment number 89.

    Come on you have to be kidding - Rooney has had a spell of 7 or 8 good games he's not even in the top 5 top prem strikers yet look at his average season goals ratio - Torres is lethal followed by Drogba (unplayable), then Adebayor, then Van persie then Rooney, that is the people i would least like to face!

  • Comment number 90.

    In my biased opinion the winner is Torres; Hes the best finisher out of the three so I find it odd they all got the same mark I would said torres 9, Drogba 8 and Rooney 7 (because you have included aerial ability in this category). Pace wise rooney is no slouch but the other two clearly have an advantage so Torres9, Drogba 8, Rooney 7. Personally I would have had slightly different categories (aerial ability (Drogba, Torres then Rooney) and strength (Drogba, Torres and Rooney equal) for example) but everyones a critic!

    oh and clearly Torres has the best hair :P

    As it seems I'm 'picking' on Rooney I would say hes a different type of player and would play really really well behind one of the other two in a mouth watering partnership.

    In conclusion I wouldnt swap Torres for anyone

  • Comment number 91.

    Why am I not surprised ? Could the article get anymore English ? Rooney above Torres and Drogba ? Seriously ??

  • Comment number 92.

    i agree 1.rooney, 2.torres, 3.drogba I dont believe any of these 3 would get in a top 5 or top 10 in the all time section though. Compare them to some other strikers around in the last decade and you`d see their true worth maybe?
    How about Henry,Ronaldo(brazil),shevchenko, and van nistelrooy?

    Henry 9/10
    Ronaldo 10/10

    Henry 9/10
    Ronaldo 7/10
    Sheva 9/10
    Ruud 7/10

    Henry 10/10
    Ronaldo 10/10
    Sheva 7/10
    Ruud 7/10

    Henry 9/10
    Ronaldo 9/10
    Sheva 8/10
    Ruud 7/10

    Henry 9/10
    Ronaldo 10/10
    Sheva 9/10
    Ruud 10/10

    Totals:4th -Ruud, 3rd-Sheva joint 1st-Ronaldo & henry

    Van nistelrooy-has won la liga twice,eredivisie twice, EPL once, several top scorer awards.
    Shevchenko-Ballon D`or 2004, twice top scorer in serie A, won Champions league 2003, serie A 2004.
    Henry-1 World cup,1 Euro champs, 1 Champions league, 1 la liga,2 EPL, 4 tops scorer awards in EPL.
    Ronaldo-World cups record goalscorer, 3 World player awards, 2 Ballon D`ors, 1 euro golden boot,2 copa Americas,2 la liga top scorer awards, 1 world cup golden boot, 1 wc2002 silver ball, 1 world cup silver ball.

    Nuff said, will they match these legends? hmmm lets see

  • Comment number 93.

    Why would you make categories and then not even apply them correctly? e.g. "rooney lacks pace but gets into the right places" - that is no substitute for pace...

    7/10 for drogba and rooney for attitude or whatever you said is frankly ridiculous

    And finishing 9/10 for all three was wrong too...torres is better than both of them...


  • Comment number 94.

    Right. As a "striker" hands-down its Torres. Goal record, style of play, and so on..

    As a more general forward, Drogba does a good job, but I'd consider him playing the center-forward role a bit more, rather than a striker. Say for instance, in a PL dreamteam, Torres up front, followed by Drogba.

    Rooney is a great player. More compariable to drogba and should play in that center forward, Center attacking mid possition. In my little PL dreamteam example rooney sitting just behind them to feed them, and support them with additional firepower. (But i'd rather gerrard there!)

    From what I've seen, Torres gets frustrated sometimes. Although he stays cool, if he cant score this winds him up and turns into one of his off days. Liverpool have loads of class to feed torres, not just gerrard. Benayoun, Kuyt, Babel, Reira etc all lay passes/crosses from wider possitions. He'll fall easily, but can barge his way through defenders providing they dont trip him.

    Drogba. Drogba. Drogba. Man I hate that man. But he is good. Just damn annoying. If he used his strengh and physique more often....
    Still, good attacker. Dived too much in the past. Really, really over-exaggerates fouls. To the point when recently he had to go off in a strecher, for a pathetic, overly exaggerated fall. Dumbass, everones watching you!

    Rooney. He is like Kuyt for liverpool. Just a little better, well, a fair bit. Or a Tevez, if you will? Maybe thats why Fergie saw no real room for tevez, when he prefered old Roon?

    Either way, all great players, but if you need a "striker" then Torres. Torres. And Torres again.

  • Comment number 95.

    @89. At 11:15am on 02 Oct 2009, lease27 wrote:
    "Come on you have to be kidding - Rooney has had a spell of 7 or 8 good games he's not even in the top 5 top prem strikers yet look at his average season goals ratio - Torres is lethal followed by Drogba (unplayable), then Adebayor, then Van persie then Rooney, that is the people i would least like to face!"

    Van Persie's goal/game ratio is worse than 1 in 3 and he's nowhere near the 3 players being discussed on that socre. Wise up!

  • Comment number 96.

    When you compare strikers you have to look at their ability to score from different situations and their ability to create for others when 'others' are in a better position.

    -Poaching goals in the box
    Torres 9/10
    Drogba 7/10
    Rooney 5/10

    Torres 7/10
    Drogba 9/10
    Rooney 5/10

    -Creating space (dribble and score)
    Torres 9/10
    Drogba 8/10
    Rooney 6/10

    -Long range shooting
    Torres 7/10
    Drogba 9/10
    Rooney 8/10

    -Decisions (passing to teammate when teammate has a better chance)
    Torres 8/10
    Drogba 6/10
    Rooney 9/10

    Torres 7/10
    Drogba 9/10
    Rooney 9/10

    Torres 9/10
    Drogba 7/10
    Rooney 7/10

    Torres 8/10
    Drogba 7/10
    Rooney 7/10

    Torres 64/80
    Drogba 62/80
    Rooney 51/80

  • Comment number 97.

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  • Comment number 98.

    Let's try it out with some practical & current Questions:-
    (1) Who will miss "the player" most? ManU, mainly because of Rooney's enthusiasm.
    (2) You want someone to score goals? Torres.

    (3) You need somebody to out-muscle the opposition defence? Drogba*

    Vis a vis the teams, Drogba will be more dangerous this weekend when Chelsea play Liverpool. I fear for 'pool cause Drogba has over time proven to have out-muscled Carragher. And after being beaten in CL mid-week, Benitez is likely to parade a more defensive line-up this weekend.

  • Comment number 99.

    As a Chelsea supporter for over forty years I naturally go for Drogba. Only Rooney comes close to making goals out of nothing. Torres just waits to be set up.One category you should have included was which of the three,and you chose the right three, would most goalkeepers not like to see with the ball.

  • Comment number 100.

    torres behind roooney..ridiculous
    i m sorry but the english media favours the english for obvious reasons

    not saying rooney isn't good...he is good but over ratedd..
    noy being hyprocrite and saying england are not a good team..they are a top top team..but the english media takes them slightly further..

    2nd drogba
    3rd rooney

    the records speaks for itselfff


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