Throughout history, football has introduced us to very good attackers who changed the history of a team and a country. We have seen great luminaries sharing their talents and goals with teams, becoming total legends. Furthermore, those players needed a great partner to fulfill all their potential and be the historical footballers they are right now.
Of course, when we talk about great partnerships in football, we tend to think about defenders, but on the other end of the field, we have also seen attackers creating great associations. Every Batman needs a Robin to get the job done, and these guys we’re about to see are a big example of that.
Here are the 10 best offensive duos in football history.
Honorable Mentions: Raul Gonzalez and Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp
10. Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet
Juventus are one of the biggest clubs in football without any hesitation, pairing up great players throughout their history, including the likes of Edgar Davids and Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Bettega and Pietro Anastasi, but there is no doubt that the best duo in the club’s history is the one that formed Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet.
Together, the Italian and the French were a terrific duo for their rivals. They secured four Serie A titles with Juve (although two were revoked after Calciopoli), providing goals like they were candy for The Old Lady. Something that makes them greater is that they stuck around when the club was relegated to Serie B in 2006.
9. Ronaldo and Rivaldo
Two of the best offensive players in Brazil’s recent history, Ronaldo and Rivaldo knew how to create a great association on the pitch. Even though they couldn’t share touches in Barcelona, the two Brazilian stars did whatever they wanted together with their national side.
In 2002, Rivaldo and Ronaldo led Brazil to World Cup glory, with Ronnie netting eight goals to take the Selecao to win their 5th World Cup trophy. Rivaldo, meanwhile played his part, scoring important goals against Belgium and England in the knockout stages to take Brazil to the final. It was reported that these two didn’t like each other off the pitch, but as we know now, that didn't matter at the end.
8. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery
When Bayern Munich were in a struggling position in Europe, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery made sure to take the team to the top spots again with their incredible game. They both left the Bavarians this summer after several years of success and plenty of joy for Bayern’s fans.
Two of the best wingers in football history, ‘Robbery’ brought a lot of trophies to the Allianz Arena throughout all the years they spent together. The French and the Dutch took their side to win multiple DFB Cups, the FIFA Club World Cup and the DFB Supercup, among others.
If we have to pick the best moment of these two in Munich, it has to be the winning-goal Robben scored against Borussia Dortmund in 2013 to give Bayern the Champions League.
7. Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush
Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush are complete legends for Liverpool and their fans. After having the luck to see Kevin Keegan and John Toshack sharing touches in Anfield, the Reds fans were pleased to enjoy Dalglish and Rush, who took Liverpool, England and Europe by storm, winning all they could win.
Something curious about these two is that their duo went beyond sharing touches on the field. Either playing together or with Dalglish as manager of the club, these two strikers helped the Reds to secure five league titles, two FA Cups and one European Cup.
6. Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit
At some point in their history, AC Milan were known as ‘Dutch Milan’ given the number of players from the Netherlands they had within their ranks. Well, that was arguably the best time for them in their entire history. A big part of that was thanks to their Dutch player, especially Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit.
With the Rossoneri, these two were a huge threat for everybody, winning consecutive European Cups in 1989 and 1990 against Steaua Bucharest and Benfica, respectively. And, if that wasn’t enough, they took the Netherlands national side to win the 1988 European Championships with Gullit scoring only one goal while van Basten destroyed everyone and scored five.
5. Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o
These two guys were in charge to take Barcelona to the top spots of Spain and Europe thanks to their goals and the terrific combination they made during their best days. Ronaldinho became the best player in the world while sharing touches with Samuel Eto’o, an extremely lethal striker who netted every ball the Brazilian midfielder set for him.
Even though their relationship in Barcelona didn’t end the best way, there is no doubt that the time these two spent together was a marvelous one for the Blaugrana. They took Barcelona to win multiple La Liga titles and the Champions League while enchanting everybody week after week.
4. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi
If Eto’o and Ronaldinho were lethal together, this is the continuation and improvement of that association. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have been leading Barcelona to rule Spanish football, although their luck in Europe hasn't been the same.
Not only they are deadly strikers but are really generous with one another. Only in 2016, Messi finished the season with 37 goals, Suarez with 29, as the two combined for 22 assists. Albeit they are getting past their prime, these two stars have shown they’re not normal and plan to keep delivering the same way they’ve done in recent years.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney
Just like Barcelona, Manchester United have also had pretty impressive attacking duos and here is one of them. Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were nothing but great for the Red Devils during the time they spent together at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese and the English weren’t on the best terms at some point of their tenure in Manchester, but that was quickly solved by Sir Alex Ferguson and the results were the best for the team, who went to win the Premier League in three consecutive seasons, the Champions League in 2008 and more.
Albeit Rooney continued his career in Manchester after CR7 left, things were never the same for the Wonder Boy.
2. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke
Another one for Manchester United. This time in the form of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, one of the most lethal attacking duos in the history of football. Yorke landed in Manchester back in 1998 and he found the perfect partner in Andy Cole, who couldn’t find a good sidekick in Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Their moves on the pitched were so fluid and calculated that people often said they came from the future and already knew each other's moves before they happened. Cole and Yorke took Manchester United to win the treble in 1999 thanks to their goals in the prior rounds to the final. They are two of the best strikers that have ever worn a Man. Utd. jersey.
1. Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano
Ok, we’re here. You can say any of the prior picks on this list have reasons to be the best duo in football history, but the things these two legends did together were beyond great; it’s fair to say that Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano somehow changed the history of football and took Madrid to be what they are right now, the best club in the world.
From 1955, Los Blancos won five UEFA Champions League titles in a row, pretty much thanks to the scoring capacity of their incredible front line, which featured Puskas and Di Stefano. These two formed the most formidable attacking duo in Los Blancos history. Besides, Di Stefano in particular, scored in each and every one of those five finals.
They were great both for Madrid and their respective national sides (Di Stefano went to play for three different), but when they were paired up, they were unstoppable.