Ranking 10 of the greatest strike partnerships in football history

There’s nothing better than scoring a goal. Just ask any striker. 

Every kid dreams of growing up to be a number 10, banging in the goals for their favourite club. 

But very few of us will ever make it to the top – let alone establish ourselves as one of the greatest scorers of all-time. 

With the football season on hold, we think now is a perfect time to look back on those who have achieved great things on the pitch – but not by themselves. 

Instead, we want to look at some of the deadliest strike partnerships ever formed, taking into account the goals each pair scored and the things they achieved with their respective teams. 

So, here are 10 of the greatest goalscoring duos the game has ever seen.

10) Thierry Henry & Dennis Bergkamp – Arsenal – 34 goals in 2003/04

Are there two more iconic Arsenal forwards than Henry and Bergkamp? The pair were mercurial during the ‘Invincibles’ season and their goals helped the Gunners go unbeaten. 

They make the list not just for an impressive haul of 34 Premier League strikes between them, but because of what they achieved as part of that remarkable Arsenal team.  

9) Ian Rush & Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool – 47 goals in 1983/84

Perhaps two of Liverpool’s most iconic forwards, Dalglish and Rush formed a deadly partnership at Anfield. 

The 1983/84 season saw the pair at their peak, with Rush netting 32 league goals, while his partner added 15 more. 

Their joint haul was enough to secure the First Division title, as well as the European Cup and League Cup. 

8) Alan Shearer & Chris Sutton – Blackburn – 49 goals in 1994/95

It’s so strange to think that Championship side Blackburn Rovers actually WON the Premier league – but it really happened in 1995!

Most of their goals came from the incredible duo of English strikers – Shearer and Sutton. They netted 34 and 15 times respectively en-route to a famous title win.

Shearer, of course, is still the top-flight’s record goalscorer to this date.  

7) Luis Suarez & Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool – 52 goals in 2013/14

Seriously, how didn’t Liverpool win the league in 2014? The Suarez and Sturridge partnership was absolutely unreal.

The Uruguayan won the Golden Boot with 31 goals before jumping ship to Barcelona and he was complimented well by another 21 strikes from Sturridge.   

That’s a quite ridiculous haul – bettered by only one other Premier League strike partnership – Newcastle’s Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley, who netted 55 together in 1993/94.  

6) Andy Cole & Dwight Yorke – Manchester Utd – 53 goals in 1998/99

Now, this is where our list gets a little bit different. All the other partnerships have been based on league goals, but we have to mention Man United’s treble-winning team. 

Across the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, Cole and Yorke scored 53 times, helping the Red Devils to a truly remarkable season.  

5) Sergio Aguero & Diego Forlan – Atletico Madrid – 56 goals in 2008/09 

During their five years together at Atletico, Aguero and Forlan scored a remarkable 190 goals between them. 

Their best one-off campaign came in 2008/09, striking 56 goals in all competitions.

It’s just a shame they finished with no silverware, but Atletico did pick up a famous 4-3 victory against Barcelona in La Liga, which will live long in the memory of many fans. 

4) Grafite & Edin Dzeko – Wolfsberg – 71 goals in 2008/09

Yes, you read that right – 71 goals between TWO players! Absolutely remarkable. What’s perhaps even more incredible, is that Grafite and Dzeko’s goals secured Wolfsberg the Bundesliga title.

They finished two points ahead of Bayern Munich, with their strikers scoring 54 league goals between them. 

Grafite netted 35 times in all competitions, while Dzeko went one better, scoring 36. Absolutely incredible.

3) Hulk & Radamel Falcao – Porto – 73 goals in 2010/11

Hulk and Falcao were lethal together for three years at Porto and the pair were especially unstoppable in 2010/11. 

They managed no less than 73 goals and completed a famous treble, winning the Primeira Liga, Portuguese Cup and the Europa League. 

Falcao may often be ridiculed for his disappointing spells at Chelsea and Man United, but it’s important to remember the time he was one of Europe’s top strikers. 

2) Alfredo Di Stefano & Ferenc Puskas – Real Madrid – 74 goals in 1960/61

We’re going way back with this one. 

The second-greatest partnership in history was formed at Real Madrid between 1958 and 1964 when Di Stefano and Puskas scored a remarkable 302 goals together. 

Their best season together was 1960/61, when they netted 74 goals between them, whilst winning La Liga ahead of rivals Atletico Madrid, who came second. 

1) Luis Suarez & Lionel Messi – Barcelona – 100 goals in 2015/16

So here we are, did you expect anything else? Messi and Suarez have been mercurial at Barcelona, with a frankly ridiculous 464 goals between them since 2014. 

Their greatest one-off campaign will surely never be matched. The duo scored 100 – yes, 100 – goals between them in 2015/16. 

Messi got 41 of them, while Suarez scored 59 – that’s enough to better most other partnerships on this list by himself. We may never see a duo as deadly as this again.   

There are plenty of massive names on this list.

From Henry and Bergkamp inspiring Arsenal’s invincibles season to Messi and Suarez scoring for fun at Barca. 

Each partnership certainly deserves to be ranked amongst the greatest ever, but will the number one ever be topped? It’s hard to see, but you never know. 

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