Who do you think is the best-attacking duo in Premier League history? Join us to the end to find it out!
Goal scorers are usually more popular than other players because of the joy they bring to the fans. The world-class strikers know that they will never succeed without their partners.
In today's football, usually two strikers play alongside each other in each team and their success is measured by the number of goals they score as a pair during one season. English Premier League is no different, while it is one of the strongest football leagues in the world that has introduced great strike duos to the world. The deadly partnerships, that get their rivals into trouble. From Cristiano Ronaldo-Wayne Rooney duo, to Thierry Henry-Dennis Bergkamp partnership, there are the best strike partnerships in Premier League history in the following article.
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Time to take a look at the list of the best strike partnerships in Premier league history.
Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd formed a famous partnership on and off the pitch, in Premier League history. The duo was known as Fire and Ice. Both prolific goal scorers joined Chelsea in 2000, forming one of the best striking partnerships in Premier League history.
In the 2001-2002 season, the Gudjohnsen-Floyd duo scored 37 goals between them. The Dutchman was a more clinical scorer; on the other hand, Eidur Gudjohnsen was a playmaker and unselfish. The technical pair, one of the best attacking duos ever in Premier League, helped the Blues to reach the Champions League, before the arrival of Roman Abramovich.
"We had great chemistry. We respected each other. We complemented each other. I felt at my best, when I was providing goals for him. Jimmy and I were different in how we played but very alike in how we thought about the game,” said Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Their partnership with the departure of Eidur Gudjohnsen ended in 2003.
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Premier League fans believe that Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore's duo is one of the best strike partnerships in Premier League history. In 1995-96, in their first season together at the Reds, Fowler and Collymore, formed one of the deadly strike partnership.
In that season, Stan Collymore joined Liverpool, and the English forward was placed alongside Ian Rush, but the young Robbie Fowler soon replaced Rush.
Fowler and Collymore duo, one of the best attacking duos ever in Premier League, scored 42 goals between them. One of the most memorable matches of the Fowler and Collymore duo that Liverpool fans never forget is a thrilling 4-3 win over Newcastle at Anfield.
In that game, Robbie scored twice, and in the second minute of stoppage time, Collymore scored the winning goal.
"if I have to pick out my best partnership, then it would have to be with Stan Collymore. We scored more goals than anyone else I have played with. So yeah, it has to be Stan," said Robbie Fowler. It is worth mentioning that Fowler was named the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. Their partnership with the departure of Stan Collymore ended in 1997.
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Undoubtedly, Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn's partnership is one of the best strike partnerships in Premier League history that Sunderland's fans have ever witnessed. In the 1999- 2000 season, two-goal scorers contributed 44 goals of the club’s total goals on that term.
Several pundits predicted that Kevin Phillips could not score more than 6 or 7 goals in that season, but by the end of that season, he managed to score 30 goals.
Phillips won Premier League Golden Boot title and the European Golden Shoe award, becoming the only English footballer to win the latter as of 2019. Also, Niall Quinn scored 14 goals, and the Black Cats ended the season in seventh place.
From 1997 to 2003 Phillips-Quinn duo, one of the all-time best strike partnerships of the Premier League scored 194 goals together for the lads. "It was one of those partnerships that just happened. We never worked on it in training. All Peter Reid would ever say was just: ‘Work off Quinny, get around Quinny’. Your striker partner can do a lot towards that can create an awful lot of opportunities, create a lot of diversions, trying to pull someone out of their position for me to run into flicking it on," said Phillips on his partner on crime.
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Next on our list of best strike partnerships in Premier League history is Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp's pair. Back in August 1996, Arsene Wenger was named the Gunners manager, and because of the extraordinary performances of Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, he had a tough job ahead.
In 1999 Thierry Henry left Juventus and joined Arsenal, placing alongside Dennis Bergkamp. In the 2003-04 season, the Henry-Dennis Bergkamp duo, one of the best striking partnerships in Premier League history, scored 37 goals between them, with Thierry Henry scoring 30 goals and Dennis Bergkamp added four goals.
Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry scored 266 goals from 1999 to 2006, winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, as well as three FA Community Shield titles.
"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 Bergkamp.
Their partnership with the departure of Dennis Bergkamp ended in 2006.
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Undoubtedly, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole's partnership is one of the best strike partnerships in Premier League history that the Premier League fans have ever witnessed. In 1997 After the retirement of Eric Cantona, Alex Ferguson chose Andy Cole as a first striker.
The following year, Dwight Yorke moved to the Red Devils, and he was placed alongside Cole, forming a beautiful partnership. In 1999 Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, one of the best strike partnerships of the Premier League era, formed a deadly strike partnership, leading Red Devils to the UEFA Champions League title.
That year, Manchester United had a dream season, and the English club won the treble. The next season, the York-Cole duo scored 53 goals between them.
Two-goal scores netted combining of 129 goals from 1998 to 2002 for Manchester United. Neville, one of their former teammates said, “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."
He continued: "They lit up the whole league; they lit up Europe. 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.”
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One of the best strike partnerships in Premier League history that Blackburn's fans never forget is Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton duo. Back in 1994-95 season, Blackburn's fans never forget the glorious days that the Shearer-Sutton duo made for them. The two prolific goal scorers just played one season together, leading the Rovers to the Premier League title.
Shearer-Chris duo, one of the best attacking partnerships in Premier League history, scored 49 goals between them, with Alan Shearer scored 34 goals, and Sutton added 15 goals. Chris Sutton set up most of Shearer's goals.
In 2018, Chris Sutton said, "Myself and Alan would get most of the headlines at Blackburn, but people forget we were a really good team. We had very good wingers, Stuart Ripley and Jason Wilcox, putting balls into the box for us, and we had a way of playing that was effective. We certainly weren’t the prettiest team ever to win the Premier League title, but we were an extremely well-organised side with Kenny Dalglish in charge – we played to our strengths."
The following season Shearer scored 31 goals while Sutton didn't carry on his form due to injuries. Due to the ‘SAS’ partnership, the Blue and Whites' 94-95 season goes down in Premier League history. The Rovers couldn't have asked for a better duo to lead their attack, could they?
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Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge's partnership is one the best strike partnerships in Premier League history, that Premier league's fans have feasted their eyes on them. Back in the 2013-14 season, Sturridge and Suarez's partnership formed one of the best attacking duos ever in Premier League.
The pair scored 52 goals between them that year, although the Reds missed out on the Premier League title. The Liverpool fans have witnessed one of the strong partnerships in their history.
Brendan Rodgers’ side accumulated 84 points and 101 goals but couldn't win the title. At that time, Suarez believed that he had one the best partner in crime. "I am so happy because when you have a very good striker and a very good partner, for defenders it is difficult because they have to give their attention to two players – not just one."
Their partnership with the departure of Luis Suarez ended in 2014. Do you think they have ever played better-attacking duos than Suarez and Sturridge's pair at Liverpool since then?
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Back from 2004 to 2009, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo duo were unstoppable for the Red Devils rivals. In 2004 one of the all-time best strike partnerships of the Premier League was formed by Rooney joining Manchester United and placing alongside Ronald. During five years, the two prolific goal scorers produced one of the best strike partnerships in Premier League history.
In the 2006-07 season, the pair scored a combining of 46 goals, leading Manchester United to the Premier League title. In that season, with the extraordinary performances of the Rooney-Ronaldo duo, Manchester United also reached the Champions League semi-final and the FA Cup Final.
Once Rooney, about his partner in crime, said, “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.”
The Rooney-Ronaldo duo won the Premier League title on three occasions, two EFL Cups, one FA Community Shield, one UEFA Champions League title, as well as 2008 FIFA Club World Cup during the five years that they played together at Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 and ended their partnership.
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One of the best strike partnerships in Premier League history that Newcastle United fans never forget was Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley duo. From 1983 to 1987, Peter Beardsley was one of the English club's stars. But he left the team and joined Liverpool and Everton before returning in 1993.
When Peter came back to the team, he formed one of the powerful duos alongside Andy Cole, the team's new star. The pair scored a combining of 55 goals, with Beardsley scoring 21 goals and Cole added 34 goals.
Cole said about his former team-mate: "I learned so much off him at Newcastle, the way he played, gaining space by standing still, he made my game so easy. All he wanted for me was to go to the next level, because he believed I could become a star. Fantastic. "
In that season, Cole scored two hat tricks against Liverpool and Coventry City, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year. In the 1993-94 Premier League season, Newcastle finished third with extraordinary performances of two-goal scorers.
In the following season, the duo, one of the best attacking partnerships in Premier League history, managed to score six times in the European competition.
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One of the longest partnerships in the list of best strike partnerships in Premier League history is Thierry Henry and Robert Pires pair. The duo played together over 12000 minutes and scored 162 goals between them. The 2003-04 season was their golden season as they helped the Gunners to win the Premier League title while remaining unbeaten.
In that season Henry-Pires duo, one of the all-time best strike partnerships of the Premier League, netted 57 times between them in all competitions. The pair won two Premier League titles, and two FA Cups during the five seasons they played together in Arsenal. Their partnership with the departure of Robert Pires ended in 2006.
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