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Top 12 Best Trios in Football History

Football is one of the most popular sports in the world today. It also consists of some of the greatest athletes.

However, in team sports, teamwork is essential if a team wants to win. There are some trios who lead by example when it comes to teamwork in football. Today we will be looking at the 12 best trios that achieved trophies by working together.


12. David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and Paul Scholes

These guys are Manchester United legends. Individually, they were very skilled, but together, they were unstoppable because of their teamwork.

These three always show their class and work hard in top matches. They even show class during training.

In the trio, Ryan Giggs was known to be a very fast player, David Beckham was capable of delivering good crosses, and Paul Scholes was the best passer in England in his time as a footballer. Scholes went for good passes. They were arguably the best group of midfielders in Manchester United history.

Many of the trophies won by Manchester United were due to the skills of these three. They won the EPL treble in 1999, the UEFA Champions League, and the FA Cup.


11. Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry

Barcelona has always had the best goal scorers. Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o, and Thierry Henry were all talented, and they also had an awesome coach in Pep Guardiola. The youngest of the trio was Messi; he was in his prime and one of the best in La Liga.

These three built a legacy for Madrid. In 2008, the trio helped the club win the Copa del Rey, La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League.


10. Alfredo Di Stefano, Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas

These players made Real Madrid so unbeatable in the 1950s. The club became one of the most valuable football clubs.

Gento had set a record by acquiring six European Cup trophies. He is the first and only player to ever do so. Stefano is also recognised as one of the top goal scorers in the UEFA Champions League. Puskas won three European Cups (1959, 1960, 1966), ten national championships (five Hungarian and five Spanish Primera División), and eight top individual scoring honors. Puskas was so good that an award was made to honour him; the Puskas award.

Together, the trio helped Real Madrid win five consecutive European Championship titles. The most memorable match of these three was against Eintracht Frankfurt; they won 7-3.


9. Omar Sivori, John Charles, and Giampiero Boniperti

Juventus is one of the best and oldest football clubs in history. They've produced great players, but none of them could match Omar Sivori, John Charles, and Giampiero Boniperti. These guys were one of the best attacking trios of their generation. Juventus experienced bad luck until these three joined the team in 1957. These guys won two Italian Cups and three Serie A trophies. The trio made their club one of the giants of Europe. They earned nicknames like "the jewel trio of Juventus’ old lady" and “El Trio Magico."


8. Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane

These guys were regarded as one of the best trios in modern football. They also had a great coach, Jurgen Klopp, on their side. These strikers were capable of passing through defenders.

These guys scored 250 goals in four seasons. They assisted Liverpool in winning trophies like the FIFA World Club Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the English Premier League.


7. Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao

Brazil was one of the greatest national teams in football in the 1970s thanks to Pele, Jairzinho, and Tostao.

They were the best trio in World Cup history. Pele scored a total of 12 goals in his World Cup appearances.


6. Xavi, Andreas Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets

These were indeed one of the best trios in Barcelona. They certainly had the most fans during their time together. The tiki-taka style of play started with this trio. They had good vision and good passing skills. They also helped win the treble for Barcelona in 2008 and the UEFA Champions League in 2015.


5. George Best, Denis Law, and Bobby Charlton

These players were nicknamed the "Holy Trinity." They even have a statue of themselves in front of their stadium, Old Trafford. These guys are one of the greatest players Manchester United has ever produced.

In 1968, Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup, and it was all thanks to these three. The three of them have won the Ballon d'Or.


4. Rivaldo, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho

They were nicknamed the 3 R's. They were another good attacking trio created by the Brazilian national team.

These guys are individually great. In 2002, they won the World Cup. In 1999, they scored 11 goals in 6 games, allowing them to win the Copa America.

They once scored 15 goals in just seven matches. Rivaldo and Ronaldo were the best free-kick takers.


3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale

This trio was nicknamed "BBC." Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale were arguably the second-best trio in La Liga history. They were individually great. In 2014, they helped Real Madrid score a total of 97 goals. They were also the force behind Real Madrid winning the UEFA Champions League four times in a row.


2. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar Jr

This trio earned the nickname "MSN." They are often considered to be the greatest trio in La Liga history. They scored 122 goals in 2015, topping Madrid's trio by 25 goals. They also won two La Liga trophies, the Champions League trophy, and the World Club Cup.


1. Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Frank Rijkaard

The guys are the greatest soccer trio in history. They are the best illustration of teamwork and unity.

AC Milan won three Serie A trophies, two UEFA Champions League trophies, and two European Super Cups all because of the efforts of these men. These guys also set a record by going 58 matches unbeaten in all competitions.

Ruud Gullit was recognised as one of the greatest Dutch players. Frank Rijkaard was one of the greatest midfielders of his time. Marco van Basten was a clinical finisher.