The world of football is filled with many deadly attacking trios. Football history is filled with so many great players who has often played for the same team and have formed a deadly attacking partnership with their teammates. Many greats such as Messi, Ronaldo, Cruyff, Gutti, and Mo Salah were surrounded by some of the greatest players and have played for some of the greatest teams and formed some of the best football trios.
Today we bring you the list of some of the best football trios of all time.
1. Messi, Suarez, Neymar (Barcelona):
The attacking trio of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar often dubbed MSN is probably one of the greatest and most lethal trios of all time. They scored a humongous 122 goals together in a single season for Barcelona. The next following season the trio broke their own Football record as the trio scored a massive 131 goals more than the whole Real Madrid in the 2015 season, and helped their team win another La Liga title and UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona’s South American trio was comprised of some of the best players in South American football history. First, Lionel Messi is probably the greatest footballer to ever play the game. Next was, The Uruguayan Striker Luis Suarez who was a goalscoring machine for Barcelona. And lastly, it was Neymar Jr, who was loved by the fans in Catalunya and was given the name Barcelona’s crown prince by all the fans.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale (Real Madrid):
The next trio in the list is one of the best football trios. The deadly attacking trio was compromised of Karim Benzema Gareth Bale and the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo known as “BBC”. They formed a great partnership and made the counter-attacking football their own and conquered Europe.
The trio played together for 6 seasons and together the trio scored a massive 400 goals together. The “BBC” trio played a major role in Real Madrid’s 2014, La Decima (10th UEFA Champions League title).
Cristiano Ronaldo was the spearhead of the Real Madrid attack at that time as he was the main goal scorer of the team but he played on the wings most of the time and was known for scoring outside the box screamers, on the other flank it was Gareth Bale, the Welshman scored the only goal of the game between Real Madrid and their arch-rivals Barcelona in a Copa del Rey final match in 2014 with his solo run. All the Madrid fans went crazy and Bale instantly became a fan favourite.
Karim Benzema was the link between the two attackers he often acted as the bridge between the two attackers, he used to play as a false 9 and used to drop deep in the middle to make space for both the attackers and to link up with the midfield.
The trio won five UEFA Champions League titles during their time in Spain together. The trio also helped the Los Blancos win the La Liga title, Copa del Rey and as well as the FIFA club world cup.
3.Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard (AC Milan):
The trio of Van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Frank Rijkaard is regarded as the best attacking trios for AC Milan. With the help of this trio AC Milan went on to win three Seria A titles and two UEFA Champions League trophies. The legendary trio also helped AC Milan to earn an unbeaten streak of 58 matches in all competitions.
Marco Van Basten was one of the most lethal and clinical strikers of that time. Ruud Gullit was one of the best no.10s in the world as well as for the Netherlands. On the other hand, Frank Rijkaard was regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders of that time. The attacking trio completely changed the face of AC Milan.
4.Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho (Brazil):
The next in the list is one of the best football trios of all time that needs no introduction, The legendary and iconic trio of 3R’s played for the Brazil National team. The trio of Rivaldo, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho for Brazil. One of the most iconic exciting trios of all time, the trio was comprised of Brazilian Magicians each of them could dribble past opponents and we’re exceptional playmakers.
The attacking Brazilian trio formed a deadly trident they scored a massive 15 goals in only seven games in the World Cup glory as Brazil won the 2002 World Cup. They also won the Copa America tournament in 1999, scoring 11 goals in only six games to win the trophy. The three Brazilian superstars were the greatest in their respective positions. Ronaldo was a phenomenon and a great finisher in front of goal. While Rivaldo and Ronaldinho were the midfield maestros, they created many chances for the attackers, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho both were great free-kick takers of the game.
5.Alfredo Di Stefano, Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas:
The football trios of Alfredo Di Stefano, Francisco Gento, and Ferenc Puskas for Real Madrid. The soccer trio for Real Madrid was one of the greatest football trios to exist. Long Before Bale, Ronaldo, and Benzema existed.
The Real Madrid team of the 1950s/1960s was the first team of modern club football to win five straight European Cup final wins.
These three were the main reason for Real Madrid’s dominance in the 1950s and early 1960s the first team of modern European football to win five straight played an integral part in establishing Real Madrid as one of the most valuable sports clubs in the world.
Together the trio won three European Cups, while Gento was the only player to win six European Cups.
The heart of the trio, Alfredo Di Stefano, is also one of the highest scorers in the UEFA Champions League.
6.Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane (Liverpool):
Liverpool formed one of the deadliest football trios of the Premier League. Liverpool’s attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Egyptian great Mohammad Salah for one of the best football trios. The trio popularly dubbed as MSF has scored a massive of 250 goals together in the span of four seasons under Jurgen Klopp.
The trio together helped the club win the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League with Liverpool the FIFA Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.
7. Lionel Messi, Xavier Hernández, Andres Iniesta (Barcelona):
Lionel Messi has played with many iconic football duos and trios in his career. The trio of Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta is regarded as one of the best trio they all came from the Barcelona academy, La Masia and dominated La Liga for many years.
The iconic trio was well known in soccer history, they had it all vision, magic, the ability to break an opponent’s defence with line-breaking passes, and perfect touches. The trio flourished better under Pep Guardiola and his tiki-taka gameplay and became the most dominating trio in La Liga and across Europe.
The trio has played together for many years and has helped Barcelona win many titles throughout the year. The trio won four UEFA Champions League trophies along with six la Liga titles and six Copa del Rey titles to showcase their trophy cabinet.
8.Omar Sivori, John Charles, Giampiero Boniperti (Juventus):
Known as the old lady of Italian football, Juventus it is also one of the oldest Football clubs to exist they had one of the greatest football trios in club football. In the 1950s, Juventus were struggling in Seria A and were on 9th place when the Chairman of the club Umberto Angelli decided to buy the English superstar John Charles and Argentinian Maestro Omar Sivori in 1957. Together with Giampiero Boniperti they formed a magical trio know as “El Trio Magico”. They formed one of the best football trios in the history of football.
Together the fearsome trio won three scudetti in four seasons and two Italian cups during their reign in Italy.
9. Bobby Charlton, and Dennis Law (Manchester United):
Next on the list we have the trio of George Best, Dennis Law, and Bobby Charlton for Manchester United. Knows as The ‘Holy Trinity’ for famously marking the beginning of golden era at Manchester United. This trio was feared by every team across Europe.
Denis Law was one of the most elite strikers of his time a wonderful goal poacher, Along with George Best who used to dribble past opponents’ defence with ease and Sir Bobby Charlton who was regarded as one of England’s best-attacking midfielders to ever exist.
They together helped Manchester United become the first ever English club to win the European Cup in 1968. The trio scored a massive number of 665 goals in 1300 matches they played together. The “Holy Trinity” also holds many Football records which are still to be broken.
10.Johan Cruyff, Piet Keizer, and Sjaak Swart (AFC Ajax): Best Football trios of all time
The last trio we have on the list is of Johan Cruyff, Piet Keizer and Shaak Swart they together formed one of the best-attacking trios in soccer history and were instrumental in Ajax’s victories.
There is not a single football geek who loves football and doesn’t know Sir Johan Cruyff he was the most well-known player for Ajax in the 1960s and 1970s era and contributed to their glory days. Piet Keizer also started at Ajax as a teenager and became almost unplayable on the left flank. Sjaak Swart played on the right flank and together they formed one of the most perfect trios in football history.
The trio played together for a long time in Ajax as well as the Dutch National team and formed an unbreakable understanding and partnership. They shocked the whole world in 1974, as the Netherlands qualified for the World Cup first time since 1938. Together the fearsome trio developed a new play style known as “total football”. Together, the trio won six Eredivisie titles and three European titles in eight seasons.
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