Fans and experts alike have always been enthralled by attacking trios. That’s because football is essentially a game in which the team with the most points wins. If a club can put together a lethal front three, they’ll usually be able to overwhelm opponents by scoring a slew of goals.
There have been many fantastic attacking trios for clubs and countries over the history of the game.
Real Madrid’s Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, and Francisco Gento; Brazil’s Ronaldo Nazario, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho; and, more recently, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale; and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez, to mention a few.
All four trios are regarded as some of the best attacking triumvirates to have graced the game, with all four considered some of the best attacking triumvirates to have graced the game. On that topic, let’s take a look at the game’s top five attacking trios moving into the 2021-22 season.
5 Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata and Federico Chiesa | Juventus
The trio may have played only one season together, but sizzled as an attacking partnership, registering almost 100 goal contributions (70 goals, 27 assists). Ronaldo played predominantly down the center, while Morata and Chiesa operated on the wings; the Spaniard also played as a center-forward and a second striker at times.
Though Morata and Chiesa are not prolific scorers like Ronaldo, who scored 36 times last season, the duo more than made up for that by registering a high number of assists for the Portuguese star and other Juventus teammates.
Despite the trio’s exploits, it was a shame that Juventus fared poorly in other areas – especially in defense – and failed to win their first league title in a decade.
Chiesa, Morata & Ronaldo this season:— JuveFC (@juvefcdotcom) March 2, 2021
In all competitions this season. pic.twitter.com/qj21pAizJ5
It is worthwhile to note that both Morata and Chiesa are on loan, from Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina, respectively. All three of Ronaldo, Morata and Chiesa sizzled for their respective teams – Portugal, Spain and Italy – at Euro 2020, and will look to carry on in the same vein under new manager Massimiliano Allegri.
4 Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane | Bayern Munich
They were, however, greatly aided by Thomas Muller, the Raumdeuter, who operated directly behind Lewandowski and took advantage of the half-spaces between opposing defenders. For the second consecutive Bundesliga season, the 31-year-old tallied 21 assists as Bayern Munich won the league for a record-extending ninth time.
All four players, particularly the front three of Lewandowski, Sane, and Gnabry, are projected to have outstanding seasons under new manager Julian Nagelsmann, who prefers an exciting form of aggressive game.