There is no denying that European football possesses some of the finest attacking trios on the planet – with frightening partnerships forming everywhere at present.
With this in mind, we’ve delved into the statistics to find out who are the five most prolific front threes in Europe’s top leagues this season in terms of league goals and assists.
5. Mariano, Memphis Depay & Nabil Fekir – Lyon
League Goals: 35
While their inclusion may come as a surprise to some – the Lyon attackers have been in scintillating form as of late. Depay has shown the form once expected of him at Manchester United – coming up with eight goals and five assists this campaign.
Mariano has burst onto the scene in style, finding the net 13 times, as he establishes a growing reputation in the French top tier. Fekir has also done his chances of World Cup inclusion for Les Blues no harm as the 34-year-old has fired in 14 goals so far, as Bruno Genesio’s side sit fourth in the table whilst also remaining in the hunt for the Europa League title.
4. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – Liverpool
League Goals: 34
The Fab Four has now become the Terrific Three following Philippe Coutinho’s Anfield departure – but given the form of Liverpool’s attack, it seems his absence will not be felt for the time being. Salah has been a revelation in his return to England, firing in 18 league goals as he has fast become a fan-favourite at the club.
Mane has had his injury woes but still come up with six strikes for the Reds while the donkey work of Firmino up front has resulted in a direct hand in 15 goals. This trio are absolutely devastating on their day – all three finding the net in Liverpool’s recent victory over Manchester City. They are regarded by many as one of the deadliest trios on the planet and few could argue against that.
3. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez & Paulinho– Barcelona
League Goals: 38
Messi and Suarez are regular fixtures at the top of the goalscoring charts – Paulinho perhaps, not so much. While the former Tottenham midfielder isn’t technically a part of a front three, he has, however, complimented the duo in style since the injury to Ousmane Dembele, with Barca sitting pretty on top of La Liga – streets ahead of arch rivals Real Madrid.
Unsurprisingly, the ever-prolific Messi leads the way with 17 goals, while Suarez has fired home on 13 occasions and Paulinho has pitched in with eight. A Champions League tie with Chelsea awaits in February, and should they overcome that hurdle Barca could yet be a worthy shout for European and domestic glory this campaign.
2. Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane & Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
League Goals: 34
A club arguably in the best form ever in its history, Manchester City look set to canter to the Premier League title, largely due to the goalscoring exploits of this trio. Aguero has been on fire despite team rotation. When offered the opportunity the Argentinian international rarely misses. His 13 goals are proof of that fact.
Sane looks one of the most exciting prospects in world football, with the German winger firing home seven goals in his most prolific campaign to date whilst Sterling looks a different player under Pep Guardiola, hammering home some crucial goals to bring his tally to 14. City look a sure thing to win at least two trophies this campaign, and these men are the reason behind this.
1. Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe & Neymar – PSG
League Goals: 38
This trio are simply sensational in front of goal.
Neymar has been a revelation since his world record transfer from Barcelona, with the Brazilian forward finding the net 15 times in Ligue 1. He also grabbed an incredible four goals and two assists in the Parisian’s 8-0 demolition of Dijon on Wednesday night.
Cavani has upped his game in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it Is now only a matter of when, not if, the Uruguayan becomes the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, with his 20 goals already this campaign set to become even more.
Mbappe is regarded by many as the future, the heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne. The 19-year-old has done his reputation no harm this term, contributing nine goals and eight assists so far.
PSG are many people’s tip for continental glory this year, and with these three up top it’s easy to see why.
The future is bright for Paris.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena