Some of the finest modern strikers have represented Inter Milan in recent years, and we've selected 11 such players who donned the black & blue with distinction.
The three most prominent footballing continents are all featured, so let's get into it.
We've selected four Argentinians, two Brazilians, one Cameroonian, one Nigerian, one Belgian, one Italian & one Swede. A cosmopolitan and classy bunch.
🇨🇲 Samuel Eto'o
Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, "Little Milla" was instrumental during Inter's historic treble success of 2010. 53 goals & 27 assists in 102 appearances pretty much says it all. Eto'o is the only player in history to win back-to-back European trebles with two different clubs.
🇳🇬 Obafemi Martins
The man with the thunderous left foot left Inter when he was still only 21, but his standout campaign with the club convinced Newcastle to part with €16m to acquire his services back in 2006.
🇸🇪 Zlatan Ibrahimović
Almost no football list is complete if it doesn't contain Zlatan. The super Swede won three consecutive Serie A titles with Inter between 2007 & 2009 and moved to Barcelona in the high-profile swap deal that brought Eto'o to the club.
🇮🇹 Mario Balotelli
On the day of his 20th birthday, Super Mario sealed a big-money move away from Inter to Manchester City, but his short spell at the San Siro was decorated by spectacular goals and controversial clashes with fans and opponents. Never a dull moment with this guy around, and he makes our list on entertainment value alone.
🇧🇪 Romelu Lukaku
The latest man to fly the European flag in the Inter attack is absolutely flying himself, having notched 58 goals in 84 appearances for the club to date. Big Rom is quickly becoming a fan favourite in the San Siro and looks to be a strong contender for Serie A player of the season in 2020-21. If the Nerazzurri wins the Scudetto this term, it's unlikely anybody can take that title away from him.
We'd also like to make an honourable mention for Christian Vieri, a man who wore the #32 jersey at Inter for six seasons. Although he won his major honours elsewhere, his goal-scoring prowess spoke for itself. The Italian notched 122 goals in 190 appearances for the club, a staggering record, which included the top scorer award in Serie A for 2002-03.
🌎 South America
🇦🇷 Diego Milito
2010 belonged to the late-blooming Argentine. He scored the only goal in the Coppa Italia final against Roma, sealed Inter's 18th Scudetto title on the final day of the season against Siena, again scoring the only goal of the game, and then he got a double as Inter beat Bayern at the Bernabeu to clinch Inter's first European Cup triumph in 45 years. Talk about a big-game player.
🇦🇷 Hernán Crespo
One of the most expensive and high-profile footballers on the planet in the early 2000s, Crespo moved to Lazio from Parma in 2000 for an eye-watering €56m and two years later, his €36m move to Inter was sealed. Crespo was born to score goals, and he won three consecutive Scudetto titles alongside Zlatan.
The Argentine recently steered Defensa y Justicia to Copa Sudamericana glory over Lanus, and now he's the head coach of Sao Paulo in Brazil!
🇦🇷 Mauro Icardi
Like Balotelli before him, Icardi has never shied away from controversy. Already the club captain when he was 22, Icardi was also twice the joint-winner of the Capocannoniere award for the top scorer in Serie A in 2005 & 2018. He's since moved to PSG, but the Argentinian's goals per game ratio with Inter simply cannot be overlooked.
🇦🇷 Lautaro Martínez
With 13 goals & five assists in 26 Serie A appearances this campaign, the 23-year-old is already a much-coveted man around Europe and he's also starting to earn a reputation for producing in the big games. Aside from the goals and assists, it's his never say die attitude that makes him so popular with his teammates. Lautaro & Lukaku rolls off the tongue nicely doesn't it?
Not all brilliantly-talented players achieve their full potential, and sadly the big Brazilian was a perfect illustration of this. Still, 74 goals & 27 assists (direct contribution to 101) in 177 Inter appearances isn't a record to be scoffed at. Without the host of personal and professional issues that plagued him, Adriano would have become great, with that sledgehammer of a left foot. Still, he won four Serie A titles with Inter and nobody can take that away from him.
Perhaps the greatest true number 9 that ever lived, El Fenemono took it upon himself to embarrass some of the finest defenders in the world at the time during a dizzyingly brilliant spell at Inter. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1997, and he did it again in 2002 in the same year that he sealed a move to Real Madrid. Ronaldo was a complete striker who had it all.
The challenge for the current crop Lukaku and Martínez is to win silverware with Inter; only then can they start thinking about entering the club's esteemed hall of fame.
Inter recently celebrated its 113th birthday and they'd like nothing more than to cap this campaign off with a Scudetto.
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