I'd take RVP and Falcao over Ibra no question, and honestly would prefer Cavani and Lewa as well, those guys cover a lot more ground and lead their teams in pressing, both also do a lot more linking up in the build up and creation of chances. Ibra's got an advantage as a finisher over them, but not by much, certainly not enough to make up for all of the other things they do while Ibra waits for service.
Hunter is mentioned just cause he's a Schalke fan.
I'm fully willing to chalk this up to us having different opinions on what we want from our strikers, but for all of Ibra's genius at hammering the ball into the net, I really dislike strikers in today's game who aren't strong in pressing and interchanging with other attackers. With the rise of versatile wide forwards and goal scoring creative midfielders, I think it's more important than ever that a striker be able to drop out of the box and influence the game, letting those other players rush into the areas he's vacated and feeding them to score goals. It's why Mandzukic starts over Gomez for Bayern, why at their best Benzema does so much more for Real than Higuain, why Villa has been such a revelation throughout his career, and why Cavani and Lewandoski have ascended the way they have. And Ibra doesn't bring that, he's a throwback central striker, one who's great at what he does, but one who I ultimately prefer a number of other players to at his position because of how the game has changed.
Ibra deserves to be in the top 5 based on his great resume and ability to hammer in league goals, but I'd prefer to have Falcao, RVP, Lewa, Suarez and Cavani if I were running a top team that had a strong team around him and was gunning for knockout glory.
So you'd rather have Malouda than Ronaldo then? Because one of them is great at coming back and defending, while the other is just great offensively.
You're taking a specific point to an absurd rather than talking about the difference between two similar level players, Malouda and Ronaldo isn't the same or should I pull up similarly absurd examples like Reus to Robinho, Current Ribery to Robben, Cavani to Huntelaar?
Coming back and defending is just part of it, Cavani and Lewa lead their teams pressing up front, on top of being excellent goal scorers who are strong in the build up and create opportunities for their team-mates, or do you think the likes of Hamsik, Reus and Gotze would score the same with Ibra up front standing in the box waiting for the ball?
It's not absurd.
It's as if you're expecting your striker to do everything but score.
Ibra scored 4 goals on England the other day. He has demolished Ligue 1. He had a 4 assist game in the CL this year.
This season when you add all his games (CL + Ligue 1 + National Team + Domestic Cups) he has 34 goals and 12 assists in 40 games.
These are the closest numbers you can find to Messi and Ronaldo.
So yeah he doesn't defend much. But he's so dominant in the STRIKER aspect that it really doesn't matter.