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The 5 Best Strikers in Hyundai A-League History

Counting down the top 5 Strikers throughout Hyundai A-League History.

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Across 12 seasons of action, plenty of players have made a case to be the best striker in the Hyundai A-League – we’ve narrowed down our five best. What do you think?

And once you’ve checked out the best strikers, keep scrolling for your chance to win double passes to see the Hyundai A-League club of your choice!

 

5: Dwight Yorke

He wasn’t here for long, but Dwight Yorke was the original poster boy of the Hyundai A-League, and the biggest marquee signing in the competition’s inaugural year. A veritable superstar of the footballing world, Yorke played hard on the field and partied hard off it – indeed, you could expect to see him in the Sydney social pages as often as the sports pages! But Yorke repaid the $1 million Sydney FC coughed up for him with interest as his vast experience up front helped the Sky Blues become the first ever Hyundai A-League champions. He only stayed for two seasons in total, but his impact won’t soon be forgotten.

 

4: Shane Smeltz

More of a journeyman than the other players on this list, the New Zealand striker represented four different Hyundai A-League clubs – Wellington Phoenix, Gold Coast United, Perth Glory and Sydney FC – but one thing that remained consistent was his ability to score goals, with 89 to his name, just one behind all-time leader Archie Thompson. Despite his goal-scoring feats, his efforts did not translate to a Hyundai A-League title, and he’s now plying his trade in the Malaysian Super League with Kedah FA. There’s not a lot of flash about Smeltz’s game – he’s a genuine striker with that happy knack for being in the right place at the time. He has built an entire career on that ability, and it’s why he makes our list.

 

3: Alessandro del Piero

If Dwight Yorke put the Hyundai A-League on the international map, Alessandro del Piero took it into the heavens. The little Italian magician, whose career included over 500 appearances for Juventus and over 100 for Italy, was probably the most talented player to grace Australian shores – and despite being 37 years old, he showed he’d lost none of the flare, talent and hunger that made him one of the all-time greats. Whether he was banging in long-range strikes, providing assists or simply beating hapless defenders with consummate ease, his highlight reel for Sydney FC seemed endless, and his mere presence generated international buzz and boosted attendances, TV ratings and merch sales – a legacy that remains to this day.

 

2: Besart Berisha

Whether poaching another goal to add to his tally or letting his emotions boil over in controversial fashion, Besart Berisha is a walking headline in the footballing world. The Albanian international came to our shores in 2011 and made his mark quickly, winning the Golden Boot award in his first Hyundai A-League season, netting 21 goals for the Brisbane Roar; three years into his tenure, he’d hammered home 48 goals in 76 games and helped the Roar to two Hyundai A-League titles. He then moved to the Melbourne Victory, where he has continued to score goals at a similar rate – 38 in 62 appearances at the time of writing – and where he has continued to wear his heart on his sleeve. He may divide opinion, but one thing’s for sure: when Berisha is on the field, nobody is looking away.

 

1: Archie Thompson

Yes, he’s the A-League’s all-time leading goal scorer – which, admittedly, makes a pretty solid case for placing him in the top spot – but it’s about more than that. Archie Thompson is A-League through and through; until this season, he had played in every Hyundai A-League season since the competition’s inception. We’re not talking about your average honest toiler, either – we’re talking about an established Australian international who could have gone elsewhere but instead opted to lift the status of his home competition. For his loyalty, he has been amply rewarded – his effervescent personality matches his dazzling style of play, making him a folk hero for Melbourne Victory fans. With 90 goals to his name – including those unforgettable five goals in the 2006-07 grand final – he’s a deserved No.1.

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Date

Home Team

Away Team

Venue

Time

Ticket Quantity

12/01/2017

Adelaide United

Melbourne City FC

Coopers Stadium

7:20pm

3 x double passes

13/01/2017

Melbourne Victory

Brisbane Roar FC

AAMI Park

7:50pm

3 x double passes

15/01/2017

Newcastle Jets

Perth Glory

Hunter Stadium

5:00pm

3 x double passes

19/01/2016

Melbourne City FC

Central Coast Mariners

AAMI Park

7:50pm

3 x double passes

20/01/2017

Sydney FC

Adelaide United

Allianz Stadium

7:50pm

3 x double passes

21/01/2017

Perth Glory

Melbourne Victory

nib Stadium

5:00pm

3 x double passes

22/01/2017

Western Sydney Wanderers

Newcastle Jets

Campbelltown Stadium

5:00pm

3 x double passes

28/01/2017

Central Coast Mariners

Perth Glory

Central Coast Stadium

5:35pm

3 x double passes

28/01/2017

Brisbane Roar FC

Western Sydney Wanderers

Suncorp Stadium

6:50pm

3 x double passes

 

 

 

 

TOTAL TICKETS

54