Offensive tridents are on trend in soccer, after recently forming Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar in the Parisian team. We review the most lethal group of forwards of the last 20 years in clubs and national teams.
Possibly the era of 'Les Galactiques' has begun at Paris Sant Germain with Messi, Neymar and Mbappé, just to speak of attackers in what is a dream team. Photo: IG-PSG
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Possibly the era of 'Les Galactiques' has begun at Paris Sant Germain with Messi, Neymar and Mbappé , just to speak of attackers in what is a dream team. A powerful trio that, except for last minute movements, will bring them together, at least this season.
The long-awaited Champions League is the main objective of the Parisian entity that has dominated France for years, although last season the winner of Ligue 1 was Lille. But well, we will enjoy this year an extraordinary trident that can only be compared to three others, two in clubs and one in national teams .
The triple RRR of Brazil - Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo - in the World Cup in Korea and Japan 2002; the remembered MSN with Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar in Barcelona from the 2014-15 season to the 16-17; and then the BBC with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo , from 2013 to 2018.
Messi, Neymar and Mbappé. These start from scratch and will possibly have the disadvantage that might only be together for a year (Mbappé could go to Real Madrid next summer), and, therefore, this season's numbers have to be very high so that on average it can be considered the best attacking trio ever. There is quality to achieve it.
Messi, in his last season at Camp Nou, scored 38 goals and 14 assists in 47 games played. In turn, Neymar registered 17 goals and 11 assists in 31 games; and Mbappé, the youngest of the group, scored 42 goals and had 9 assists in 47 games. Of course, they barely achieved 2 minor titles among the 3 in 20-21, with the Copa del Rey and the French Cup.
Los tridentes de la carrera de Messi. Una locura. Es verdad que un ataque con Neymar y Mbappé ilusiona y PUEDE ser la mejor delantera de la historia PERO todavía le queda mucho camino por recorrer, ¿no? pic.twitter.com/r2KekZFEy4— Goal en español (@Goal_en_espanol) August 13, 2021
Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho made up the feared trident of the 'canarinha' team at the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, winning the seven games they played .
It was first in the group after beating Turkey, and thrashing China and Costa Rica . Subsequently, they beat Belgium in the knockout rounds in the round of 16, England in the quarterfinals , again Turkey in the semi-finals and then Germany in the grand final .
The leading role in the matches was literally distributed between Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho, who scored 15 of the 18 goals scored by the “Scratch”. These 15 goals were divided as follows: eight for "El Fenómeno", five for Rivaldo and two for Ronaldinho, including the unforgettable free kick against England in the quarterfinals.
Regarding assists, Rivaldo distributed one, while Ronaldinho was the top assist of the team with three passes. In national teams, perhaps only comparable to the trident of Pelé, Garrincha and Vavá during the sixties.
It was assembled by three South Americans, the Argentine Lionel Messi, the Brazilian Neymar and the Uruguayan Luis Suárez, who coincided in Barcelona between the 2014-2015 season and the 16-17. The best campaign of this explosive mix was 2015-16 with a total of 131 goals: 59 by Suárez, 41 by Messi and 31 by Neymar .
During that golden cycle, the Blaugranas lifted 9 titles, including the treble : a Champions League, a Club World Cup, two Leagues, a UEFA Super Cup, a Spanish Super Cup and three Copa del Rey. In addition, they certified a winning percentage of 76.27% with 138 wins in 181 games.
The overwhelming number of 364 goals among the 3 of the 519 achieved by the team places them for many as the best trident in history . Messi added 153 goals, plus Suárez's 121 and Neymar's 90.
Another exorbitant number was that of assists with a total of 173, 66 of them from Messi, 59 from Suárez and 48 from Neymar , a true madness. Transfermarkt is a specialized portal that revealed - in information replicated by the Barcelona website - that this trident has been the most lethal in soccer world in the 21st century.
Con la salida de Messi, se acaba un Barcelona de época que llegó a tener uno de los mejores tridentes en la historia del fútbol. https://t.co/cAqK7G4Hdr— Deportes TVC (@DeportesTVC) August 11, 2021
With a distinctly European touch, the BBC made by the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, the French Karim Benzema and the Welshman Gareth Bale. With them three, the merengues managed to be crowned champions up to 13 times, including four Champions League, three UEFA Super Cups, three Club World Cups, one Super Cup, one Copa del Rey and one League throughout the five years that they met between 2012. and 2018.
That trident registered 201 victories in 293 games for a percentage of 71.7% and also scored 442 of the 784 goals achieved. CR7 scored 249, 105 for the French and 88 were for the British .
Regarding assists, they added 171 among the three with 69 for the Portuguese star, 52 for the French gunner and 50 for the Welshman . Very meritorious numbers if it is taken into account that the trident only played together 46% of the games played by the team, 135 of 293, with all three starting in 98 of them.