Earlier this week, Gary Neville proclaimed Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney as the best attacking trio in Premier League history.
“Tevez for a year with Rooney and Ronaldo was just breathtaking, it was out of this world. Not just because of the quality of the players, but there was a selfish, horrible, nasty determination with those three,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Football Show, per the Daily Mail.
“Ronaldo in a different way on the pitch, he wouldn’t go around kicking and hassling people, hustling, he was immense in terms of his performance levels, but Rooney and Tevez were street fighters but with unbelievable ability and there was something of that front three.
“The best front three in the Premier League, you’ll never beat those three for me. You can talk about Mane, Salah and Firmino, I love them to bits, plus [Raheem] Sterling, [Sergio] Aguero and [Leroy] Sane at City but you look at that front three of Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo at their peak, it was out of this world.”
On the back of his comments, the Daily Mail have now ranked the five best attacking in Premier League history.
5. Arjen Robben, Damien Duff and Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
Robben, Duff and Drogba were a big part of Jose Mourinho’s successful Chelsea sides in the mid-2000s.
Unfortunately, injury woes for Duff and Robben meant they didn’t play as a trio as much as they should have.
They went unbeaten in the 27 games they featured together, winning 25 of them. That goes to show just how good they were together.
4. Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sterling, Sane and Aguero have been lethal in the Premier League over the past few seasons.
The trio were integral for a Man City side that dominated English football between 2017-2019.
Unfortunately, Sane has been out of action with a serious injury this campaign and is likely to leave for Bayern in the summer.
3. Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s success in the early 2000s was largely down to the brilliance they had in attack.
Pires excelled on the wing, while Bergkamp and Henry combined for one of the best strike forces in Premier League history.
In total, they featured in 128 games together and scored 272 goals.
2. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s front three may well be the best attacking trio in the world right now.
Salah and Mane frighten full-backs on a weekly basis with their pace and ability to score goals.
Firmino doesn’t contribute as many goals as a typical world-class number nine, but his cleverness and ability to link up with his Salah and Mane is essential to their success.
In total, they’ve directly contributed to 178 goals in the 81 Premier League games they’ve played together.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney (Man United)
Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney really were something else.
In the 2007/08 season, they scored 79 goals between them and recorded 30 assists. That’s an unreal tally.
Their contribution in attack that campaign saw Man United crowned Premier League and Champions League winners.
Unfortunately, Tevez fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson and he didn’t produce his best before leaving in 2009.
In total, they contributed for 93 goals in the 42 games they played together, which is an average of 2.21 goals-per-game.
Mane, Salah and Firmino are good, but they need to up their game even more if they are to be considered a better trio than Tevez, Ronaldo and Rooney were.
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