⚽ Best football trios of all times

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MSN (Barcelona)

Between 2014 until 2017, Barcelona’s front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – also known as ‘MSN’ – were virtually unstoppable. They provided a lethal mix of skill, speed and shooting ability.


They were the key men as the club won the treble in their first campaign all together, and twice they scored well over 100 goals in a season in total between them.

Furthermore, they were all best friends off the pitch and regularly socialised with their families.


BBC (Real Madrid)
At the same time that MSN were tearing defences apart for Barcelona, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – the BBC – were doing the same for Real Madrid.

Together, the trio won a historic three Champions League titles in a row – and four in total – with all off them scoring memorable final goals.

They finally broke up after five glorious years together when Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018.



Mane-Firmino-Salah (Liverpool)

sadio-mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah were simply devastating over a three-year period in which Liverpool reached two Champions League finals before romping to a first league title in 30 years.

Mane provided the skill and speed, Firmino the intelligence and Salah the goals as they broke all kinds of scoring records under Jurgen Klopp


Rivelino-Pele-Jairzinho (Brazil)

Pele formed three legendary trios during his career. For Santos, he was unstoppable alongside Pepe and Coutinho, while together with Garrincha and Vava he won the 1958 and 1962 World Cups.

But perhaps the best attacking line-up of international football history came at the 1970 World Cup when a majestic Brazil team thrashed everyone in their path on the way to glory.

Although this wasn’t strictly a front three – with Tostao linking up too – it was Rivelino on the left, Jairzinho on the right and Pele in the middle that did most of the damage.



The three R’s (Brazil)

Yet another incredible Brazilian trident was seen at the 2002 World Cup, a tournament the Selecao went into with little expectation but ended up winning.

Much of the credit went to Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo in attack. Between them they scored 15 goals over the course of the finals in Japan and South Korea.

They also provided four assists as the likes of England, Turkey and beaten finalists Germany had no answer to them.


Gento-Di Stefano-Puskas (Real Madrid)

The Real Madrid team of the 1950s and early 1960s was the first great team of modern European club football, famously romping to five straight European Cup final wins.

Alfredo Di Stefano was the brains of this great team, Ferenc Puskas boasted the best left foot the game had ever seen, while Paco Gento was the fastest man on two legs.

Their greatest moment together was the 1960 European Cup final when Di Stefano hit a hattrick and Puskas bagged four in a 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Di Stefano, Gento, Puskas


Trio Magico (Juventus)

The magic trio of Giampiero Boniperti, John Charles and Omar Sivori in the late 1950s and early 1960s brought Juventus back to their glory days from the 1930s.

Welshman Charles was voted as the greatest import in Serie A history, even above the likes of Diego Maradona and Michel Platini. He was a complete striker who often played at centre back too.

Meanwhile, Sivori was a temperamental genius who won the Ballon d’Or in 1961. Together they won three Scudetti in four seasons and went close in the European Cup.



Brazil owned 2002 Year…

Ronaldo: 11 goals (12 games)
Rivaldo: 5 goals (10 games)
Ronaldinho: 4 goals (10 games)

Historical R-R-R trio Scored 20 international goals for :brazil: in 2002 year.15 Goals come from world cup 2002 :pray:


Beckham, Scholes, Giggs

At number 10 in the list of top 10 best football trios of all time, we have Manchester United’s David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Ryan Giggs. These three athletes are legends and icons of the football world and an inspiration to many young football players. These three were the hardest-working players of Manchester United and proved their abilities time after time. The midfield of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs is considered as one of the greatest midfield duos ever. Paul Scholes was arguably the best passer of the ball the great country of England has ever produced.


Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini

This is another legendary Juventus trio but this time it’s a defensive trio that made a formidable wall – a wall that was near impossible to get past. The defensive trio of Bonucci, Barzagli, and Chiellini is also known as BBC2 and the trio is among the greatest football trios of all time. Together with their legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus are on the verge of becoming the European powerhouse.

In Serie A though, the defensive trio of BBC2 acted as a colossus and it was near impossible for other Serie A sides to breach the wall. The Old Lady went on to win six consecutive Serie A trophies and reached two UEFA Champions League finals. The trio of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, and Giorgio Chiellini is arguably one of the greatest defensive trio in the history of football and they are also among the best soccer trios of all time.


Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry

Barcelona has seen some of the football’s greatest talents and deadly duos and the trio of Messi, Eto’o, and Henry is one of those legendary trios. The trio accelerated an era-defining Barcelona team to a treble in Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge.

Lionel Messi was just starting to appear on the football scene as a star of a player as he was only 21 years old in 2008. Partnered with the legendary French superstar Thierry Henry, and Samuel Eto’o, Leo Messi furnished his play-style and it benefited the Spanish side. This deadly attacking trio helped Barcelona claim their European legacy and the Blaugrana was back to where they always belonged.

The attacking trio helped Barcelona win the treble in 2008 including the La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, and the Spanish Cup in one season only.


Liverpool’s attacking trio of Salah, Mane, and Firmino is also known as MSF and they are considered as one of the best attacking football trios of modern football. This deadly trio helped Liverpool get back to their glory and now they are back to the very top in English football


Xavi, Andreas Iniesta, Sergio Busquets

Just like Manchester United’s legendary midfield trio of Beckham, Giggs, and Scholes, Barcelona also had an iconic midfield duo of Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets. This trio was the heart of Pep Guardiola’s iconic Barcelona side that won the treble in 2008, and the Champions League in 2015. At their prime, the midfield of Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquests was so dynamic and creative it was the driving force behind the Barcelona attack. The great vision and passing abilities of these three individuals laid bases for the legendary tiki-taka philosophy which was admired by the whole world.



Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho

The feared attacking Brazilian trio scored 15 goals in only seven games in the Selecao’s successful World Cup campaign. Rivaldo, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho also won the Copa America in 1999 , with the trio scoring 11 goals in 6 six games to win the trophy. Each of the three Brazilian superstars was greatest in their positions. Ronaldo was a great striker and a finisher, while Rivaldo and Ronaldinho were dazzling midfielders and with their vision, they created so many chances for the strikers. Besides chance creation, both Rivaldo and Ronaldinho were inspirational free-kick takers.


The fans of Real Madrid saw some of the magical football during the era of “BBC”. The trio scored an incredible 97 goals in their first season together in 2014 and won four UEFA Champions League titles over a span of four years. The trio also helped the Los Blancos to win two Copa del Ray trophies. Under the deadly trio of Benzema, Ronaldo, and Bale, Real Madrid became the first club in the history of football to win three consecutive Champions League titles. At their best, the trio was unstoppable to play and they are among the best football trios of all time.


van Basten, Gullit, Rijkaard

The iconic trio of van Basten, Gullit, and Rijkaard is an example of how good signings can improve a team and change the tides of a club. van Basten, Gullit, and Rijkaard’s trio are at number 1 in the rankings of the best football trios of all time. During his time, van Basten was one of the most clinical finishers in the game. Rijkaard was arguably the best defensive midfielder of his time while Gullit was Netherland’s number 10. These three individuals having sheer talent and individual caliber formed the best football trio in history of football.

This trio also helped AC Milan gain a 58 matches unbeaten streak in all competitions.


Carlo Ancelotti has a nickname for his midfield trio :triangular_ruler::sweat_smile:


One of the best midfield trios of all-time :fire: