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Best strike partnerships in football history

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In the following article, we will review the best strike partnerships in the world. Who do you think is the best-attacking duo? Join us to the end to find it out!

In the world of football, it is the goals that determine the winner of a match. That is why goal scorers are more popular and famous than their counterparts.

Over the years, many goal scorers have become famous in this sport. But they could not have achieved this success without working with their fellow attackers. Could they?

There are many strike partnerships in the history of football who have been very successful, and with their help, they were able to trouble many rivals. Although some of them hardly got on with each other off the pitch.

Here are the

best strike partnerships in football history

you might want to know.

Most dangerous attacking partnerships of all time

let's have a look at the best strike partnerships in football history.

Diego Forlan & Sergio Aguero/Atletico Madrid

One of the

best strike partnerships in football history

that

Atletico Madrid

fans never forget was Forlan and Aguero partnership. Aguero joined Atletico in 2006, and a year late Forlan, moved Los Rojiblancos; played alongside the Kun. 

Forlan and Aguero formed one of the

best striking duos of all time

, winning one UEFA Europa League title as well as one UEFA Super Cup title. 

In the 2008-09 season, the pair played very well together. Aguero netted 17 times in La Liga, while Uruguay striker scored 32 goals in 33 appearances that he made for Atletico Madrid, winning the European Golden Shoe.

"With Kun, we made a good duo. [We were] different, but we understood each other well. I dropped back when we were defending. When it came to attacking, one of us moved into space which wasn't occupied by the other,” said Forlan.

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Ivan Zamorano & Marcelo Salas/Chile

Marcelo Salas and Ivan Zamorano's partnership was one of the

best strike partnerships in football history

. Zamorano made his debut for the Chilean international team in 1987, and Salas played for the first time as a Chilean player in 1994. Back in the 1990s, Salas and Zamorano formed one of the deadly partnerships for

Chile

's rival.

In the qualification of 1998 world cup, Salas and Zamorano scored 11 and 12 goals respectively, becoming the top two scorers. Just in a match against

Venezuela

, Zamorano scored five goals. Salas-Zamorano duo, one of the

most dangerous attacking partnerships of all time

, scored a combining of 59 goals for the Chile international team.

Ronaldo & Rivaldo/Brazil

Ronaldo and Rivaldo's partnership was one of the

best strike partnerships in football history

that the Brazilin fans have ever witnessed. Ronaldo and Rivaldo's duo won the 2002 world cup together. Ronaldo scored eight goals, winning a Golden Boot. In the knockout stages, Rivaldo also scored crucial goals against

Belgium

and

England

, leading

Brazil

to the final.

Ronaldo and Rivaldo, one of the best attacking duos in football history, were not as good together off the pitch as they were on the football field.

"Ronaldo was my hero. I loved to watch players like Zidane, Ronaldinho, and Rivaldo, but Ronaldo was the best forward I've ever seen," said

Messi

.

Cristiano Ronaldo & Karim Benzema/Real Madrid

Ronaldo and Benzema's partnership was one of the best strike partnerships in football history that football lovers have feasted their eyes on them. Ronaldo-

Benzema

duo played nine seasons together. The pair scored a combining of 642 together.

Ronaldo and Benzema joined

Real Madrid

in 2009, forming one of the

best attacking pairs in football history

.

Ronaldo-Benzema duo won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, Supercopa de Espana on two occasions, UEFA Champions League title four times, as well as three FIFA Club World Cup titles together in Real Madrid.

 

Benzema reveals that he had to change his playing style, adapting to Ronaldo. “Over the years, I have changed my game because Cristiano was there to score goals. At Lyon, I was going to score goals all the time, but now I touch the ball a lot more first. Because, of course, I had a boy next to me who scored like triple the number of goals I scored, so I had to adapt,” said Benzema.

Their partnership, with the departure of Ronaldo, ended in 2018.

Pele & Mane Garrincha/Brazil

One of the best strike partnerships in football history, Pele and Mane Garrincha, never lost a match playing together. Pele and Garrincha duo played 40 games together, winning 36 times and scoring 44 times between them.

Garrincha was a gifted player who played a key role in the

Brazil

world cup titles. Pele, who was a gifted dribbler alongside Garrincha, formed a beautiful duo that was a nightmare for their rivals.

Pele and Garrincha duo, one of the

greatest strike partnerships of all time

, won two Consecutive world cup together.

Pele thinks without Garrincha, his old partner in crime, he could not have been a three-time world champion. “He was an incredible player - one of the best there has ever been. He could do things with the ball that no other player could do. Without him, I would have never been a three-time world champion,” said Pele.

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Andy Cole & Dwight Yorke/Manchester United

Football fans believe that Andy Cole & Dwight Yorke's partnership was one of the best strike partnerships in football history. When Eric Cantona announced his retirement in 1997, Andy Cole became Alex Ferguson's first-choice striker. Dwight Yorke joined Red Devils in 1998 and played alongside Andy Cole. Yorke and Cole were formed as one of the deadly strike partnership.

In 1999 Cole-Yorke duo, one of the most dangerous attacking partnerships of all time, led

Manchester United

to the UEFA Champions League title. In that season, the club won the treble. Cole-Yorke pair scored 53 goals between them in 1998-99 season.

“I would probably say Yorke and Cole [were the best], just for that Treble season where they were absolutely sensational, the way they would play together. They lit up the whole league; they lit up Europe," said Neville, their Manchester United teammate.

He continued: “I always remember a group stage game in the Champions League in Barcelona when the two played together. I’ve never seen anything like it. We conceded three goals, I was center-back, but we scored three. Those two that night were absolutely brilliant.”

From 1998 to 2002, the two strikers scored combining of 129 times in 258 that they made together for the Red Devils.

Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp/Arsenal

Undoubtedly, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp's partnership was one of the best strike partnerships in football history the football world has ever witnessed.

Back in 1996, Arsene Wenger, who had just been appointed

Arsenal

manager, had a tough job ahead despite Alex Ferguson's Manchester United.

In 1999 Thierry Henry, who was Unsettled in

Juventus

, joined Arsenal and Arsene Wenger moved him to the striker alongside Dennis Bergkamp, forming a beautiful partnership.

In the 2003-04 season, the Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp duo, which is one of the best striking duos of all time, scored 37 goals between them.

Although Bergkamp scored only four goals, he played an influential role in the 30 goals were scored by Thierry Henry.

From 1999 to 2006, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp netted 266 times in 610 appearances that they made together for the Gunners.

"Of course, you could go for the obvious best player like Thierry Henry, which is probably true because he was the most gifted player I've seen. I saw it not only in games but in training sessions, most of the time, it seemed like he was training at 70 percent or 80 percent, and he was still by far the best player," said Dennis Bergkamp.

It's worth mentioning that the French striker won the Golden Boot four times.

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Wayne Rooney & Cristiano Ronaldo/Manchester

Next on our list of best strike partnerships in football history are Wayne Rooney & Cristiano Ronaldo's partnership. Wayne Rooney-Cristiano Ronaldo duo played for five years at the Red Devils, forming one of the best attacking pairs in football history.

In 2004, Wayne Rooney joined the Red Devils from

Everton

, and he started playing alongside Ronaldo, who joined Manchester United in 2003.

With Jose Mourinho's arrival in the Premier League and the departures of David Beckham, Roy Keane, and Rudd Van Nistelrooy from Manchester United, the need for a great striker was necessary.

In the 2006-07 season, Ronaldo and Rooney each scored 23 times, leading Manchester United to the Premier League title. In that season, Red Devils also reached the FA Cup Final and the Champions League semi-final.

In the last season of their partnership, the Rooney-Ronaldo duo scored 46 times in all competitions, winning the Premier League title for the third time in a row. They also reached the Champions League final but lost to Barcelona.

“With Cristiano, you knew he would win us those big games with the big moments. With any other player, you probably wouldn’t, but with Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him. I would gladly do that for him to score big goals and help us win trophies,” said Rooney.

Their partnership, with the departure of Ronaldo, ended in 2009. The Red Devils couldn't have asked for a better duo to lead their attack, could they?

Alfredo Di Stefano & Ferenc Puskas/Real Madrid

Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas' partnership was one of the best strike partnerships in football history the football world has ever witnessed.

Undoubtedly, this pair does not need to be introduced. Two legends were born nine months apart from each other. Di Stefano-Puskas duo, which is one of the

best attacking duos in football history

, was one of the reasons for Real Madrid's success on that years. They played between the 50s to 60s, managed a total of 360 goals in 433 appearances for the Los Blancos from 1956 to 1960.

In the 1960 European Cup Final, which was the first European competition to be broadcast worldwide, the Di Stefano-Puskas duo combined to score seven times against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Alfredo Di Stefano netted 156 times in 229 appearances that he made for the Whites, and Ferenc Puskas netted 193 times in 227 games. Alfredo Di Stefano- Ferenc Puskas pair, one of the best attacking pairs in football history, won four La Liga titles, as well as European Cup on two occasions together in Real Madrid.

Luis Suarez & Lionel Messi/Barcelona

 

Next on our list of the best attacking pairs in football history, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, were unstoppable for Barcelona in recent years. Since Suarez joined Barcelona in 2004, the two have formed a strong pair, and things have gotten better for Barcelona.

In 2015-16, the pair scored 100 goals between them. Suarez got 59 of them while Messi scored 41.

Suarez-Messi partnership, which is one of the greatest strike partnerships of all time, made Barcelona one of the dangerous teams for rivals.

"Luis and Leo are the best couples of forwards from the last few years. Luis has goals in his blood, and we've already said everything about Leo. We have a lot of firepower upfront," said Pique.

During the six seasons that they played together, Messi has scored 280 goals and Suarez netted 198 times. They produced 478 goals for the La Blaugrana.

Messi-Suarez duo, the best attacking pair in football history, won four La Liga titles, Copa del Rey title on four occasions, two Supercopa Espana, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Super Cup title as well as one FIFA Club World Cup title from 2014 to 2020.

Suarez once said: "The coexistence, the day to day, playing a lot of games together for many years. A lot of times you know where each other are going to be, what we do is for the benefit of the team."

Their partnership ended with the departure of Suarez from Barcelona. He says he proud of Messi's partnership. "When I got to Barcelona, everyone said to be careful with Leo, that he was the main striker at the club. But in our time together, we always tried to perform as well as we could, and I can leave here feeling very proud," said Suarez.

The Catalans couldn't have asked for a better duo to lead their attack, could they?

 

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