As Barcelona clinched the La Liga title on Sunday, their attacking trio up front had a major role in the success.
Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi have scored a combined 115 goals this season out of which 79 came in the League competition..
The English Premier League champions Chelsea have scored 70, whereas the Bundesliga winners FC Bayern have scored 78 goals and Serie A winners Juventus have scored 67 times and all won the domestic titles despite scoring less than the trio.
MSN now stand on the verge of completing a treble, with Barcelona already in the finals of Copa Del Ray and Champions League.
Attacking trios are nothing new in football. therefore, here is a selection of top 7 attacking trios – past or present.
7. Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
The trio have scored 46 goals this season out of the total of 78 helping the Reigning Bundesliga champions retain their title.
While Arjen Robben holds the mid-field and gets up front on every possibility, Muller and Lewandowski have held the strike force with ease.
The reason why Manchester United dominated the EPL from 2006-09 was the trinity or the holy trinity as they were known Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. They were all highly versatile, happy to play either on the wing or through the middle.
The three had a wonderful understanding in and around the penalty area, and understood each others game.
In United’s 2008-09 title winning campaign the trio notched up an impressive 60 goals between them.
They helped ManU overcome and destroy Arsenal in the UCL clash between the two English giants.
5. Zinedine Zidane, Raul and Ronaldo – Real Madrid
The beginning of the Galaticos era had three of the greatest names in world football play together for Real Madrid in the early 2000’s.
Zidane the best mid-fielder, Raul and Ronaldo the best strikers in the world.
This trio dominated not just the La Liga but also European football as Real clinched the Champions League in 2002, with zidane being the man of the match in the final.
4. Denis Law, George Best and Bobby Charlton – Manchester United
The statute outside the Theater Of Dreams speaks about the legacy and the iconic status these Manchester United legends have on the club.
Referred as the ‘United Trinity’, these three demolished defenses throughout Europe.
One of the first great attacking trios, all three won the Ballon d’Or, the trophy awarded to the world’s best player. Denis Law won in 1964, Bobby Charlton in 1966, and George Best in 1968.
Combined, the trio scored 665 goals in 1633 games games.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
The trio started the season scoring goals at will, helping Madrid go on a 22 match winning streak.
The 3 front-men have scored 108 goals for the Los Blancos in 2014. The trio were protagonists in the decisive games of all the titles picked up in 2014.
Bale scored in the finals of the Copa del Rey, the Champions League and the Club World Cup; while Cristiano Ronaldo scored during the Décima and European Super Cup wins.
2. Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Before the arrival of Suarez and Neymar Jr. Barca had the breathtaking trio of including two of the best strikers in the world Henry and Eto’o.
The trio scored for fun and were the driving force that guided the Catalonia based club to the first Treble in Spanish football history.
The three attackers scored a 100 times for the Catalans, with a young Messi helping the two Legends along the season.
1. Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar Jr. – Barcelona
The Best Attacking trio play for Barcelona, week in week out. The most dominant attacking force in European football history have guided Barca to their first trophy in over two years, and could help them complete a treble with Copa Del Ray and UCL wins.
Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr. and arguably the best player in the world Lionel Messi have scored a combined 115 goals this season out of which 79 came in the League competition. Only Real Madrid managed to score more goals then the trio.
They now stand just 3 goals short of the world record, set by Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain in 2011/12.
Honourable mentions :
Some of the other great trios that have dominated defenses around the world.
- Piet Keizer, Johan Cruyff and Johnny Rep – Ajax
- Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool
- Bruno Giordano, Diego Maradona and Careca – Napoli
- Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit – AC Milan
- Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez – Liverpool
- Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrice Vieira – Arsenal
- Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluca Vialli and Fabrizio Ravanelli – Juventus
- Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa – Chelsea