Here we discuss the best-attacking partnerships in world football in no particular order. The players involved in the discussion are all great players in their own right. However, the way they understand, play, and operate together as a combo is what makes them more devastating.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son
The most prolific attacking duo in the history of the Premier League hail from Walthamstow, London, and Chuncheon, Gangwon Province in South Korea. As diverse as their origin and background are, so are their skill sets and roles. Both understand each other so well and feed off each other amazingly. Both Kane and Son are versatile. Kane’s vision and passing are exquisite. Meanwhile, Son’s pace, movement, positioning, and ambidexterity are simply world-class. Mind you, both are clinical at finishing as well, forming this lethal combination.
The linkup of these two for that 3rd goal against Aston Villa last Saturday was the epitome of their connection. Son has 18 goals and 7 assists in 37 games, whereas Kane has 20 goals, and 9 assists in 42 matches this season for Spurs.
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr
Benzema and Vinicius Jr worked their magic together yet again last Tuesday to keep their Champions League dreams alive as they beat Tuchel’s men in extra time. Their partnership isn’t as long as others on the list, but their chemistry and impact are off the charts. They have wreaked havoc in the opposition camp as a duo and made lives difficult for the defenders.
Benzema oozes class, composure, and captainship while Vinicius complements that with his pace and ingenuity. The French striker has grown immensely in his role as the leader of the side and the Brazilian prodigy has thrived under more responsibilities. Benzema has 38 goals and 12 assists in 38 games while Vinicius Jr has 17 goals and 13 assists in 43 matches in all competitions for Real Madrid.
Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller
It’s a travesty that some are still questioning the class and pedigree of Lewandowski while many had written off Muller a couple of seasons back. The killer instincts and ability to finish in Lewandowski and the IQ, awareness, movement, and positioning of Muller. The attacking duo of Lewandowski and Muller have ruled the roost in both Bundesliga and Europe for almost a decade now. The matches and titles they have won together are testaments to their chemistry, caliber, and dominance as a duo.
In this season only, Lewandowski has 47 goals and 4 assists in 41 games whereas Muller has 12 goals and 19 assists against his name in 41 games. No two players have combined for more goals than these two in Bundesliga history.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe
No disrespect to the other duo on the list, but the attacking duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe is probably the most feared partnership in world football. They both got pace, skills, flair, flamboyance, presence and mental aptitude to do it at the highest level, even when the lights are at their brightest. Bring them together and you got a dynamic and explosive attacking alliance. They may not have furnished their trophy cabinets as a duo in a manner most imagined, but they are still an enormous menace when they are leading the line for PSG.
Mbappe has 31 goals and 19 assists in 39 games while Neymar has 10 goals and 6 assists in 23 games for PSG this season.
It is unclear if all these pairs will be playing together or not next season. Having said that, if they do, they will once again put the rivals and opposition defenders on notice.