Having a great attacking trident is certainly a dream for all football teams. The reason is, the trio of front lines can be the key to the success of a team to win many trophies.
Until now, there have been many front-line trios who are very promising. A number of couples even managed to establish his name as the best in the history of football. Here are five of the greatest attacking trios in football history.
Pele, Pepe and Coutinho (Santos)
Santos was unstoppable in the Brazilian competition in the 1950s to 1960s. All of that can not be separated from the trio of great strikers, namely Pele, Pepe, and Coutinho. In fact, Pele managed to create 643 goals with his club and became the most in history, before finally being passed by Lionel Messi.
Without the presence of Pepe and Coutinho, Pele certainly will not be able to look promising by creating many goals. If Pele was able to score 643 goals for Santos, Pepe managed to score 405 goals and Coutinho scored 368 goals. All three were also able to win the World Cup trophy with Brazil in 1962.
Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis, and Nandor Hidegkuti (Hungary)
After missing the 1950 World Cup, Hungary made a big surprise by successfully stepping up to the final round at the 1954 World Cup. With a very promising performance, Hungary was predicted to be the champion in the tournament.
Unfortunately, West Germany managed to beat Hungary in the final with a score of 3-2. Hungary’s success in reaching the final at that time was certainly inseparable from the role of a great attacking trio, namely Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis, and Nandor Hidegkuti.
Hungary was even able to score 27 goals in just 5 games at the 1954 World Cup. Many judged the sharpness of Hungary’s front line at that time because it applied the total football style , which was later popularized by the Dutch national team.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar (Barcelona)
The most recognizable tridents in modern football are Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. The three players have played together at Barcelona since 2014, when Suarez joined from Liverpool. Meanwhile, Neymar joined Camp Nou from Santos a year earlier.
They are able to complement each other perfectly. The reason, all three have talent, vision, and extraordinary desire to score a lot of goals. The MSN trio have scored 364 goals for Barcelona in 450 games in all competitions.
They also helped Barcelona win the treble winner in the 2014/2015 season. Unfortunately, the trio had to disband because Neymar chose to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. Suarez was followed by Suarez who moved to Atletico Madrid in 2020.
Johan Cruyff, Sjaak Swart, and Piet Keizer (Ajax)
In the 1960s to 1970s, Ajax had triumphed by applying the philosophy of total football . All that can not be separated from the presence of Johan Cruyff. Together with wingers like Sjaak Swart and Piet Keizer, the three of them managed to form a trio that was very frightening to his enemies.
All three also managed to make Ajax a highly respected team in the European arena at that time. While playing together, they managed to bring Ajax to six Eredivisie titles, four Domestic Cups and three European Cups in a row from 1971 to 1973.