The world has had its share of great and complete strikers but which of them has worn the jersey number 9 with the most distinction?
For a list complied by NAIJ.com, the likes of Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Johann Cruyff miss out because they are not synonymous with the number.
Modern greats like Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres cruelly miss out on our super list.
1. Ronaldo De Lima
Regarded by many as the greatest number center forward ever. De Lima, the original Ronaldo was known for his dribbling skills and ability to score in impossible situations. The Brazilian could have achieved more but his career was hampered by injury.
2. Samuel Eto'o
Did not always wear the number 9 jersey but Eto'o a one time third best footballer in the world wore that number through out his years at Barcelona bar one, at Inter Milan and once Anzi. He was a four time African Footballer of the Year winner.
3. Gabriel Batistuta
Another footballing great is Batistuta who wore the jersey with distinction for the likes of Roma, Fiorentina and Juventus. He is the second all time goal scorer for Argentina.
4. Fillipo Inzaghi
What is a list of greatest number 9 ever without the man Sir Alex Ferguson once said was born offside.
Inzaghi won two Champions League titles and was the total definition of a goal poacher.
He could have been the best ever if he had the dribbling skills of Ronaldo and technique Roberto Baggio.
5. George Weah
Weah is the only African to have been named the FIFA Footballer of the Year and only one to have won the Ballon d'Or. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.
6. Gerd Muller
Possibly the best penalty box striker or goal poacher ever.
The West Germany striker amassed an incredible tally of 68 goals in 62 games for his country, winning the 1972 European Championship and the 1974 World Cup.
He won four Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal cups, three European Cups and a Ballon d’Or award.
7. Alfredo Di Stefano
Regarded as Real Madrid's greatest player ever though that title is under threat by Cristiano Ronaldo. Won five European cups and eight La Liga titles with the Santiago bernabeu outfit.
When he died in 2015, Real Madrid fans called for the club to retir the number 9 jersey, thats all you need to know about how great a player he was.
8. Alan Shearer
The Premier League's highest goal scorer of all time deserves his place on this list. Could have achieved more if he played for a club biggest than Newcastle and Blackburn Rover but Shearer was without doubt a great striker.
9. Marco Van Basten
Van Basten is seen by many as the closest the world have seen as a rival for Ronaldo for the best number 9 ever. He has pace, vision and technique but his career was cut short by injury at the age of 28 while he was still with AC Milan.