Forwards come in many shapes and sizes. From the lone target man to the inverted winger, goalscorers are plentiful in the final third. It took a lot of tough cuts (apologies to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Karim Benzema, Paulo Dybala and others), but here are the 10 best forwards that'll be on display during the Champions League group stage.
Gareth Bale - Real Madrid
Graced with speed to burn, Bale had made a habit of putting many an opponent into the blender. The Welshman is a stupendous dribbler with a heroic left foot that can put an absurd amount of dip and swerve on a shot. So heralded is his ability that he often draws two defenders with the ball at his feet. His fierce finishing ability prompted Real Madrid to spend a then-record €100.8 million fee to Tottenham for his services, and they have to be pleased with the outcome of the transaction.
Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid
Griezmann flew under the radar for a few seasons at Atletico Madrid, but 2015/16 marked his full-fledged arrival to the global stage. The 25-year-old Frenchman dominated for club and country, scoring 29 goals in La Liga and the Champions League for Atletico and collecting six goals in six appearances for France at Euro 2016. He's speedy, crafty and versatile. For Atletico Madrid, he's a complete package.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
If you're looking for a bully that'll score goals in bunches, Ronaldo is your guy. Maybe you've heard of him? A physical freak of nature, Ronaldo is also blessed with a plethora of technique to go along with it. He can score at will in every conceivable way, and he'll look good while doing it. When he's not scoring goals, the Real Madrid winger can hold up play with ease and get his talented teammates involved. When he cuts in from the flanks, watch out.
Luis Suarez - Barcelona
With Suarez, Neymar and Messi all at the top of Barcelona's attack, it's a wonder that anyone else on the team even touches the ball on offense. While Messi and Neymar provide much of the sizzle, Suarez delivers the grit to keep Barcelona humming along. The Uruguayan scores goals like the rest of us breathe air, notching 40 in 2015/16 to lead La Liga. He's happy to involve his teammates, too, collecting 16 assists in the same campaign last season.
Gonzalo Higuain - Juventus
All Higuain did in the 2015/16 Serie A campaign was tie the all-time record for goals scored in a single campaign with 36. That production drew the interest of Juventus, who paid a princely sum of €90 to pry the Argentine away from Napoli. The 28-year-old is is an out-and-out striker with great skill on the ball. Higuain excels in all facets on the offensive side of the ball, causing all sorts of problems for any defender with the misfortune of marking him.
Lionel Messi - Barcelona
With an ever-expanding tattoo collection and a newfound affinity for peroxide in his hair, Messi continues to change his look. His silky smooth game remains as immediately identifiable as ever, though. Barcelona's crown jewel can do it all, from picking a perfect pass to striking a deadly free kick. At the heart of Barcelona's dynamic attack he's a nightmare for opposing managers and defenses -- even if he looks like he's in witness protection.
Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich
Like a sandwich at a gas station, Lewandowski might appear harmless ... but he's absolutely lethal. The Polish striker set the pace in the Bundesliga with 30 goals for Bayern last season and made the UEFA's Champions League Squad of the Season. Lewandowski torments keepers with ease and relentlessness. His four-minute hat trick against Wolfsburg in 2015 remains one of the most impressive offensive outbursts of recent memory.
Neymar - Barcelona
At just 24 years old, Neymar has already cemented himself as one of the most feared attacking talents in the entire world. With searing pace and an innate dribbling ability, the Brazilian can make even some of the most polished defenders look like Wile E. Coyote chasing after the Roadrunner. Like most wingers these days, Neymar doesn't restrict himself to one area of the pitch. He'll cut in wreak havoc through a variety of ways, and he's only getting better.
Sergio Aguero - Manchester City
At 5 foot 8 inches, Aguero is built like a wrecking ball designed to demolish opposing defensive walls. A pure striker in every sense of the word, Aguero is comfortable scoring with either foot and from inside or outside the box. The only ability that betrays him with City is his ability to remain healthy. His checkered medical history is his only real drawback, but he's inarguably one of the world's best when he's fit.
Thomas Muller - Bayern Munich
It seems like Muller has been around forever, but the German just turned 27. He's been a fixture with Bayern since 2008, and can play a variety of positions for the Bundesliga giants. With a keen sense of awareness, Muller has a nose for goal -- even if he celebrates like a goof when he scores them. Like salt in your dinner, Muller might not seem like an integral ingredient to Bayern's prolific attack, but you quickly notice when he's missing from the dish.