The team that scores the most goals comes out the winner in a game of football on every corner of the planet. This fact doesn’t deviate even if it is being bounced around to places like the Samoa Islands or Uzbekistan. Once the ball rips through the back of the net you know that something special has occurred. From a Demba Ba tap in to a Hulk like shot stunning the goalkeepers palms, that feeling of scoring has to be experienced to truly grasp what this action conveys. So what drives a forward to score goals?
Arsene Wenger said a few weeks ago that the best forwards in the game today were from South America and I have to agree with him. Luis Saurez, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez, Edison Cavani, and Falcao (before surgery) are just some of the names that jump out of my head when thinking about answers to justify this opinion. I have heard that growing up in poverty helps develop that hustling instinct needed to take advantage of any opportunities that come your way. A striker for all his passing and of the ball movement is ultimately judged by the amount of goals he scores. Taking advantage of a gap between two centerbacks or running into an intended pass because of the space allotted are opportunities to bombard the six yard box with shots. I don’t want to say that a correlation relates between your socioeconomic upbringing and how many goals you score, but both share certain traits that can better be developed when put under pressure from the less than positive attacks of life.
- Hard work
- Eye for opportunity
- Make a lot out of a little
- Experience with pressure
- Ruthless when it comes to move up a rank