Having signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer transfer window Paris Saint-Germain, the French side now has one of the best threes, writes Sam May.
The addition of two of the most expensive players in history has suddenly turned PSG’s attacking trident into one of the Champions League’s most terrifying. They surely have the most tantilising-attacking trio on the planet.
In total they cost the Ligue 1 club 467 million euros and already they seem to be gelling, having scored eight goals between them, the last coming in the 5-0 thrashing over Celtic in the UEFA Champions League.
Spending that kind of money and the fact they thrashed Metz in their first game playing together and slaughtered Celtic in their second, doesn’t mean they have the best front three, does it?
Some would say that Real Madrid’s front three of BBC, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the best, having helped Los Blancos to three Champions Leagues title in the past four years, so they must be considered the best around?
Having signed Ousmane Dembélé from Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona have a deadly front three of the Frenchman, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, a glittering array of stars, teams will fear.
There is also, Juventus’ trio of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic, Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Pedro, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne and then Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.
Messi, Suarez and Dembele combined for 101 goals in the 2016/17 season, which is the highest tally of any attacking trio in Europe, just ahead of the 95 goals which Mbappe, Neymar and Cavani managed at Monaco, Barcelona and PSG respectively.
Some distance behind were Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min with 78 strikes, Napoli’s Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne with 71 goals between them and the 70 of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, James and Arjen Robben. Real Madrid’s BBC also netted 70 times in 2016/17 on their way to lifting the European Cup in Cardiff, the prize which all of these front threes will truly be targeting.