Neymar didn’t just end his four-year stint at Barcelona when he signed a record $331 million deal with Paris St-Germain he ended one of the greatest strike combinations in football history. Alongside Luis Suarez and Leo Messi, the trio helped Barcelona to nine trophies. So as we mourn the end of MSN let’s take a look at some of the best trios of all time.
5. Ronaldo, Raul, and Zinedine Zidane
Ronaldo (the Brazilian dude obviously), Raul and current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane were three of the most fearful attackers in the early 2000’s. Ronaldo led the way with 92 goals in all competitions in his first three seasons. Ronaldo (97), Raul (69) and Zidane (39) combined to score 205 goals in the four seasons they played together, helping the Galacticos to four trophies.
"It's not going to be easy, but the 3rd consecutive Champions League is an objective we strive to achieve."
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4. Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller
Bayern Munich have won five trophies in the past three seasons and a lot of that is down to the goal scoring prowess of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and Arjen Robben. After scoring 24 goals in his first season after signing from rivals, Borussia Dortmund, Lewandowski netted 24 goals in all competitions. He has scored 85 in the two seasons since (109) and has been helped by Muller (62), and Robben (42) to a total of 213. With the trio set to embark on their fourth season together expect that tally to increase.
3. Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, and Dennis Bergkamp
In the early to mid 2000s Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal was the best team in the Premier League winning seven trophies including three league titles (maybe you’ve heard of The Invincibles), a far cry from the team you see today. But a large part of that success was down to forward trio Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, and Dennis Bergkamp. Between 2000 and 2006 Henry netted 188 goals, Robert Pires scroed 81, and Dennis Bergkamp chipped in with 45 to bring their tally to 314 goals.
2. Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar
Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar (or more commonly known as MSN) were a match made in football heaven. Three of the best forwards of their generation in one team. In three seasons playing together the trio scored 364 goals with Messi leading the way with 153, Suarez a little behind on 121, and PSG recruit Neymar scoring 90. The trio also notched 173 assists while helping Barcelona to nine titles including two La Ligas and one UEFA Champions League.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale
But just like in the 2016-17 La Liga title race, it’s Real Madrid edging out the Barca boys. Since Gareth Bale joined the club in 2013, the Welshman, Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo have combined to score 365 goals. Ronaldo has won three Ballon d’Ors in this time and has scored 205 goals. The Frenchman Benzema has scored 93 while Bale has 67. Real Madrid have won seven titles in this era including three UEFA Champions League victories. Will they lead Madrid to another league title in 2017-18?
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How Neymar will fit into PSG's side next season. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/vFsJjSmSyC
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