Batman always needs a Robin, and the same rings true in football.
It’s all well and good having a top quality striker, but having another player who can chip in with double figures is so beneficial.
This season, Cristiano Ronaldo had Paulo Dybala, who scored 11 goals as Juventus won another Serie A title.
Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski had Serge Gnabry, while Karim Benzema had Sergio Ram- wait, what?
Ramos’ 11 goals from centre-back were crucial in helping Real Madrid beat Barcelona in the La Liga title race.
But what was the most prolific duo in Europe’s top five leagues this season?
Using stats from Transfermarkt, we’re counting down the top 25 strike partnerships in 2019/20.
23=. Marco Mancosu & Gianluca Lapadula | Lecce | 25 goals
Mancosu: 14 goals
Lapadula: 11 goals
23=. Moussa Dembele & Memphis Depay | Lyon | 25 goals
Dembele: 16 goals
Memphis: 9 goals
23. Edin Dzeko & Henrikh Mkhitaryan | Roma | 25 goals
Dzeko: 16 goals
Mkhitaryan: 9 goals
22. Richarlison & Dominic Calvert-Lewin | Everton | 26 goals
Richarlison: 13 goals
Calvert-Lewin: 13 goals
20=. Danny Ings & Stuart Armstrong | Southampton | 27 goals
Ings: 22 goals
Armstrong: 5 goals
20. Wissam Ben Yedder & Islam Slimani | Monaco | 27 goals
Ben Yedder: 18 goals
Slimani: 9 goals
18=. Harry Kane & Son Heung-min | Tottenham | 29 goals
Kane: 18 goals
Son: 11 goals
18. Gerard Moreno & Santi Cazorla | Villarreal | 29 goals
Moreno: 18 goals
Cazorla: 11 goals
16=. Joao Pedro & Giovanni Simeone | Cagliari | 30 goals
Pedro: 18 goals
Simeone: 12 goals
16. Jadon Sancho & Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 30 goals
Sancho: 17 goals
Haaland: 13 goals
14=. Jamie Vardy & Ayoze Perez | Leicester City | 31 goals
Vardy: 23 goals
Perez: 8 goals
14. Kylian Mbappe & Neymar | PSG | 31 goals
Mbappe: 18 goals
Neymar: 13 goals
12=. Karim Benzema & Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid | 32 goals
Benzema: 21 goals
Ramos: 11 goals
12. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal | 32 goals
Aubameyang: 22 goals
Lacazette: 10 goals
11. Marcus Rashford & Anthony Martial | Manchester United | 34 goals
Rashford: 17 goals
Martial: 17 goals
10. Francesco Caputo & Domenico Berardi | Sassuolo | 35 goals
Caputo: 21 goals
Berardi: 14 goals
8=. Raheem Sterling & Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | 36 goals
Sterling: 20 goals
Aguero: 16 goals
8. Duvan Zapata & Luis Muriel | Atalanta | 36 goals
Zapata: 18 goals
Muriel: 18 goals
6=. Romelu Lukaku & Lautaro Martinez | Inter Milan | 37 goals
Lukaku: 23 goals
Martinez: 14 goals
6. Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 37 goals
Salah: 19 goals
Mane: 18 goals
5. Timo Werner & Patrik Schik | RB Leipzig | 38 goals
Werner: 28 goals
Schik: 10 goals
4. Lionel Messi & Luis Suarez | Barcelona | 41 goals
Messi: 25 goals
Suarez: 16 goals
3. Cristiano Ronaldo & Paulo Dybala | Juventus | 42 goals
Ronaldo: 31 goals
Dybala: 11 goals
2. Ciro Immobile & Felipe Caicedo | Lazio | 45 goals
Immobile: 36 goals
Caicedo: 9 goals
1. Robert Lewandowski & Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich | 46 goals
Lewandowski: 34 goals
Gnabry: 12 goals
The emergence of Gnabry as a goalscoring threat could be decisive in Bayern Munich’s push to win the Champions League.
He weighed in with 12 goals which, coupled with Lewandowski’s 34, was enough to make the Bayern duo Europe’s most prolific partnership this season.
Mbappe and Neymar would have finished much higher than 14th were it not for the Brazilian’s injury-riddled season, which limited him to just 15 league games for PSG.
The French season was also cut short as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, meaning PSG only played 27 games in 2019/20. So for Neymar and Mbappe to even make the top 25 shows how well they performed.
And, despite the fact that Ramos isn’t a striker, for the sake of this article it makes sense to refer to him as being part of a ‘strike partnership’.
Quite incredibly, the Real Madrid’s next highest scorers in the league were Toni Kroos and Casemiro, who each netted four goals.
Maybe teams don’t need two good strikers after all.
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