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5 attacking tridents who ruled world football

5 attacking tridents who ruled world football
5 attacking tridents who ruled world football
They are the hottest properties in world football at the moment. There is no team in the world who is able to contain the trio. Messi, Suarez and Neymar have...
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They are the hottest properties in world football at the moment. There is no team in the world who is able to contain the trio. Messi, Suarez and Neymar have combined to score 125 goals in 2015. The whole of the Bayern Munich team, the second highest scoring team after Barca, have scored 124 in the same time.
 
Each member of the MSN trident have their own strengths but it is their selfless attitude and bonding that has helped forge such a devastating front three. Playing for a team like Barca is quite difficult a job. There is huge pressure on the individuals to perform as a team and build up coordination. 
 
The Messi, Suarez and Neymar front-three are on their way to become the greatest trio to ever play if they can sustain this kind of form for at least another couple of years. 
However the game of football has also seen many other greats build partnerships which has had huge impact on the teams they played in. Let us take a look at 5 others trios who can lay claim to be the best:

1. George Best, Dennis Law and Bobby Charlton
 
Best is considered by many to be the greatest player ever. A bold claim, but he was certainly among the best dribblers of all time. When he teamed up with two legendary players in Law and Charlton, Manchester United's greatest ever trio was formed.
Combined, they scored 665 goals and helped United be the first team to win the European Cup in 1968. They were so influential that they now have a statue erected in their honour outside Old Trafford.
Called the Holy Trinity of Manchester or the United Trinity, they are also the only in this list to have each won the Ballon D'or at least once -- for now, of course. And more importantly, they got United back on the football map after the Munich Air Disaster.

2. Alfredo Di Stéfano, Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas 
 
Di Stéfano is the greatest Real Madrid player of all time and helped them dominate the continent. Puskas was the deadliest striker of his time and almost had a 1:1 games to goals ratio throughout his career whereas Gento is the only player to have won six European cups.
These three formed a deadly partnership and plundered goals at will. Winning the first 5 European Cups made them the team to beat in the 1950's. However, their domination was finally broken by Barca in the quarters of 1960-61 season.
Worth remembering is the 7-3 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt in the finals the previous year with Puskas scoring four goals and Di Stéfano, three.
 
3. Romario, Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov
 
They were the part of the famous Barca team of Johan Cruyff during the 1990's. While Koeman, Guardiola and others handled the defense and midfield the former three wreaked havoc in the attacking areas.
Romario and Stoichkov were the forwards and the goal scorers of the team and were ably supplied by Laudrup. The trio’s telepathic understanding was the cause of some magical set of plays which awed fans all over the world.
No wonder they were called the "Dream Team". Under Cruyff they were playing a passing brand of football which won them four back-to-back Liga titles and the club's first European Cup in 1992. 
 
4. Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit

 
One of them was a defensive midfielder, the other a striker and the third a brilliant playmaker. Among Silvio Berlusconi’s first signings at the San Siro, and three of his best. The Dutch triumvirate were at the core of Milan’s team that won back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990.
Their combination made Milan a footballing great and lifted them to a whole new level altogether. They also won three straight Scudetto’s from 1991 to 1994, bringing to a total of 12 while at one point Milan were on a 58-match unbeaten run.
They built a platform for players like Maldini, Barresi and Costacurta to continue the legacy and cement Milan's name in glory. Their combination even helped the Oranje win the Euro 1988. Van Basten, perhaps the best striker in football history would go on to win an impressive three Ballon D'Ors. Disappointingly, his career was cut short at the age of 28 due to a devastating injury.
 
5. Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Messi
 
The aforementioned trio doesn't need any introduction. The greatest trio of the 21st century have won it all and done so multiple times. Their Tiki Taka brand of football was a delight to watch and still is reaping fruits for the current Barca team.
Messi won four Ballon D'or in this time whereas Iniesta and Xavi came close on a multiple occasions. Team trophies include four UEFA Champions League, six La Liga trophies and a host of other titles.
Unique to this group was the fact that all three came through the ranks of the world-famous La Masia academy. Xavi once remarked that even with his eyes closed he knew where the other two were on the pitch; such was the chemistry among them.

By Abhishek Das, columnist at Barcablog. Follow him on Twitter here.