Salah+Mané+Firmino, Mata+Hazard+Oscar: 10 best trios in football history to date 

Salah+Mané+Firmino, Mata+Hazard+Oscar: 10 best trios in football history to date 

Erik ten Hag is doing marvelous work at Manchester United. Obviously, Casemiro, Eriksen, and Fernandes are now among the best trios in football history until to date.

Of course, the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and others have had amazing trios in the past.

The Red Devils are now balling with Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes, and Christian Eriksen as their messiahs in all competitions.

Speaking of the 2022-2023 season, it’s believed that Manchester United were eliminated from the UEFA Europa League.

Because their best trio didn’t start together against Sevilla. The Portuguese magnifico missed the second-leg as a result of suspension.

Christian Eriksen missed the first-leg due to an injury. Only Casemiro played both legs, but he missed his partners around him. Therefore, he couldn’t turn things around on the pitch.

Man United’s record in all competitions when Casemiro, Fernandes, and Eriksen all start together

20 games
16 wins
4 draws
0 defeats

The three are the perfect midfield combination for the Red Devils. And Erik ten Hag keeps winning and claiming 3 points with them playing together.

Speaking of the best trios in football history until today. It’s said that Real Madrid have the ideal trio in football, both in the attack and the midfield.

What’s trio in football?

The word trio in football denotes three players starting together, and winning games for the club. It can be in attack, midfield, or defense.

Therefore, when one doesn’t start a game, the other two somehow suffer on the pitch. Because they couldn’t balance their games without the third player.

However, the three players need to have something in common, perhaps creativity, vision, or techniques. That’s how they understand one another on the pitch.

Here are the 10 best trios in football history to date

1. Eriksen+Casemiro+Fernandes (Manchester United)

Of course, this particular midfield trio won the Carabao Cup for Manchester United in 2022-2023. They have been Erik ten Hag’s cheat codes at Old Trafford.

Since the beginning of the season, the Red Devils haven’t lost any games when these three start together. They keep balling in all competitions.

Casemiro does single-handedly command the midfield, while Fernandes and Eriksen create chances and help the team’s offensive display.

The Red Devils midfield trio is actually complete. The Brazilian deals with tackling and interception, while Christian and Bruno make key passes.

Bruno Fernandes hasn’t missed any matches for Manchester United because of injuries. Meanwhile, Casemiro and Eriksen have been unavailable many times.

Fred and Scott McTominay were Bruno’s partners before Erik ten Hag’s arrival. Surprisingly, he has now built something amazing with Eriksen and Casemiro.

2. Mata+Hazard+Oscar (Chelsea)

Best trios in football history until date

This attacking trio was unstoppable in all competitions for Chelsea in 2012-2013. Their partnership literally won many games for the West London club.

Since their departure, the Blues family haven’t been able to witness this kind of attacking trio. Their combination was flawless.

Oscar and Juan Mata left Chelsea before Eden Hazard. Nevertheless, the Belgian mastero tried his best to help the team’s performance.

However, he missed the other two on the pitch, as he has already built something great with them. Interestingly, their partnership was good.

In the 2012-2013 campaign, Mata scored 18 goals and registered 34 assists. Hazard recorded 13 goals and 23 assists, while Oscar had 12 goals and 12 assists.

The Blues attacking trio shook the Premier League. Unfortunately, the West London club haven’t been witness to such a trio since their departure.

3. Xavi+Iniesta+Busquets (Barcelona)

Best trios in football history until date

Frankly, every team in La Liga was at the mercy of this particular midfield trio. They were literally unstoppable during their time at Barcelona.

Only Sergio Busquets remains at Camp Nou, he continues to command the midfield. Even though he missed Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta.

Neither Real Madrid nor Atletico Madrid could handle this Barcelona trio. They shook Europe’s top-5 leagues back then, winning a treble for the Culers.

This midfield trio is very similar to Casemiro, Fernandes, and Eriksen. Because the players have many things in common. The Brazilian is similar to Busquets.

Sergio handled the midfield defensively, while Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta moved the ball forward, making key passes and creating chances.

Even though Pedri González and Pablo Gavi are making headlines at Barcelona. The Bluagranas haven’t been able to replace this midfield trio.

4. Salah+Firmino+Mané (Liverpool)

Apparently, Jurgen Klopp won the UEFA Champions League with this attacking trio. They even won the Premier League title for the Reds family.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino destroyed many teams in the league. Their partnership was second to none in Europe’s top-5 leagues.

The Senegalese winger has already left Old Trafford, having moved to Bayern Munich. However, he’s currently struggling with the Bavarians.

In all fairness, it’s believed that Mané missed Firmino and Salah around him. Because he did link up with them flawlessly at Liverpool before he left the club.

The Reds signed Darwin Núñez to replace Sadio. Unfortunately, the Uruguayan forward hasn’t been able to build anything with Salah and Firmino.

Apart from Mata, Hazard, and Oscar (Mazarca), these three are another attacking trio that shook the Premier League for some seasons.

5. Benzema+Bale+Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Best trios in football history until date

Many teams in Europe’s top-5 leagues were at the mercy of this attacking trio. They won the UEFA Champions League for Real Madrid.

Despite the fact that Karim Benzema, Vinícius and Rodrygo are currently making waves for Los Blancos. Their combination is also good enough.

This very partnership was literally incomparable in Europe’s top-5 leagues. They are one of the best trios in football history to date, even though they are no longer together.

Amazingly, Karim Benzema led the attack with Ronaldo and Bale. Also, he’s currently leading the frontline with Vinícius and Rodrygo.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale did play from both flanks, while the Frenchman anchored the central-forward position for Los Blancos.

This attacking trio was literally Zinedine Zidane’s cheat code during his time at Real Madrid. He built their combination, having won many games.

6. Giggs+Beckham+Scholes (Manchester United)

Sir Alex Ferguson built this very midfield trio at Manchester United. It looks like Casemiro, Fernandes, and Eriksen are replicating what Giggs, Beckham, and Scholes did at the club.

Speaking of the Premier League, the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool were at the mercy of this particular midfield trio.

Not all Red Devils fans witnessed this wonderful trio. They did more than what Casemiro, Fernandes, and Eriksen are currently doing at the club.

Paul Scholes did play as a defensive midfielder. Ryan Giggs makes diagonal balls, line-breaking passes, while David Beckham creates chances.

They did win many trophies together for Manchester United. They were literally inseparable during their time at Old Trafford, Giggs did most of the job.

Casemiro is more like Paul Scholes. He didn’t allow any player to get past him in the midfield, always secured the midfield defensively.

7. Messi+Suarez+Neymar (Barcelona)


The Blaugranas haven’t been able to witness this kind of attacking trio since the departure of the three players. Their combination was merciless.

It’s believed that MSN made Luis Enrique one of the best football managers in Europe’s top five leagues. They won a treble for Barcelona.

This attacking trio scored many goals and registered assists for the Culers. Luis Enrique really did a wonderful job with them at Camp Nou.

Luis Suarez did play as a striker, with Lionel Messi on the right-wing and Neymar Jr on the left-wing. Their partnership was one of a kind in Europe’s top-5 leagues.

Neymar and Messi are currently building something similar at Paris Saint-Germain. However, they are missing Suarez, even though Mbappe is a goal-machine.

Frankly, this attacking trio was on the same level as Benzema, Bale, and Ronaldo, having been one of the best trios in football history to date.

8. Bonucci+Chiellini+Barzagli (Juventus)

The Old Lady were unstoppable in Serie A with this defensive trio. They most often played together in the 3-at-the-back formation for Juventus.

Interestingly, they were all Italian centre-backs. As a result, their combination worked for both Juventus and the Italian national team.

Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, and Andrea Barzagli destroyed many teams in Europe’s top-5 leagues, particularly in European competitions.

Of course, this was a defensive trio, so Serie A teams found it hard and difficult before getting past them in the league. They have many things in common.

Giorgio Chiellini did play as the middle centre-back, while Leonardo Bonucci was the left CB and Andrea Barzagli was the right RB. They kept many clean sheets for the Old Lady.

Interestingly, only Bonucci remains at Juventus. Chiellini is now playing for Los Angeles in Major League Soccer. Leonardo obviously missed his partners.

9. Modric+Kroos+Casemiro (Real Madrid)

Los Blancos were very fortunate to have this particular midfield trio. Because they obviously won many games and trophies with these players on the team.

Casemiro is currently at Manchester United, building something with Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen. However, he missed his boys at Real Madrid.

At the same time, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are doing a marvelous job under Carlo Ancelotti. Regardless, they also missed Casemiro holding the defensive role in midfield.

Los Blancos signed Aurélien Tchouaméni to replace the Brazilian. And of course, he’s doing a wonderful job at Real Madrid, controlling the midfield.

Nevertheless, the Frenchman hasn’t been able to build something with Modric and Kroos. Ancelotti apparently missed the midfield trio.

Casemiro, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos destroyed the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

10. Benzema+Rodrygo+Vinícius (Real Madrid)

Best trios in football history until date

In all fairness, Real Madrid have produced the best trios in football history to date. These are the current best three players in Europe’s top five leagues, making waves this season.

Amazingly, Karim Benzema is also leading the attack with Vinícius and Rodrygo. Nevertheless, he did miss Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Los Blancos are currently in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals this campaign. With the help of this very attacking trio, destroying Chelsea and Liverpool.

Statistically, Benzema has scored 29 goals and registered 6 assists. Vinícius Jr with 22 goals and 20 assists, while Rodrygo had 14 goals and 10 assists.

They are currently the best trio in the world of football. Despite being poor in all competitions this season, they are still in the UEFA Champions League.

Rodrygo, despite his age, his combination with Benzema and Vinícius are seriously helping Los Blancos under Carlo Ancelotti in 2022-2023.

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