Ronaldo, Batistuta & the all-time best 'Number 9' strikers in football

Gabriel Batistuta Ronaldo Alan ShearerGetty/Goal composite

Tradition dictates that centre-forwards must wear the Number 9 jersey and the number is usually reserved for a particular type of striker.

The Number 9 generally plays ahead of the Number 10 in an advanced forward role, occupying centre-backs and getting onto the end of crosses or latching onto through balls in behind the defence.

Generational talents and tactical innovations have seen the odd alteration to the style of the Number 9, but the job remains the same: bring your team-mates into the game and score goals.

Goal takes a look at some of the best Number 9 strikers in football...