5 Feared Attacking Trinities in UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League: 5 Great Attacking Trinities

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The addition of Luis Suarez to the front line of FC Barcelona joining Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. will have defenses across Europe trembling. There has been a number of excellent attacking trios that have gone on to win many titles. This is a list of the five most fearsome attacking trios in UEFA Champions League/European Cup history.

5. Bayern Munich - Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic and Franck Ribery (2012-13)

Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic, Franck Ribery: Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Final
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5. Bayern Munich - Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic and Franck Ribery (2012-13)

Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic, Franck Ribery: Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Final
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The Bayern Munich trio won one UEFA Champions League trophy and became the first German club to complete the treble. Their success was short lived, as Mandzukic was sold to Atletico Madrid this summer. Not only did the Munich men beat a Barcelona team that is often considered the greatest team ever, but they obliterated them with a 7-0 aggregate in the Champions League semi-final.

4. Real Madrid CF - Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema (2013- Present)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema: Rayo Vallecano de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - La Liga
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4. Real Madrid CF - Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema (2013- Present)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema: Rayo Vallecano de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - La Liga
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The BBC combined for 97 goals in all competition on their way to claim the Champions League title. At the end of the season, Chelsea FC finished third in the Premier League as the team combined for 71 goals, which is over 20 goals less than the Real Madrid trio. Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo absolutely dismantled opposition defenses and it will be exciting to see how dominate the trio can be.

3. FC Barcelona - Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta (2008-2012)

Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta: FC Barcelona v AC Milan - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final
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3. FC Barcelona - Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta (2008-2012)

Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta: FC Barcelona v AC Milan - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final
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This FC Barcelona trio, along with Pep Guardiola, created the tiki-taka style that has dominated Europe for the past six years. Xavi, Iniesta and Messi won two UEFA Champions League trophies. Although Xavi’s form has dipped this past year, this Barcelona trio still show moments of brilliance. Top European Clubs were forced to watch and defend for 90 minutes non-stop against this trio.

2. AC Milan - Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit (1988-1993)

 Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit: European Cup Final
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2. AC Milan - Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit (1988-1993)

 Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit: European Cup Final
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The A.C. Milan trio won back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990. Before the arrival of the Dutch Trinity, the Rossoneri, were not even in contention for the European Cup. In both the European Cup finals, the goals were scored by one of the trinity. The trio would lead the Italian side to a 58 game unbeaten run.

1. Real Madrid CF - Alfredo Di Stefano, Fransisco Puskas, Ferenc Puskas (1958-1960)

Raymond Kopa, Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Fransisco Gento
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1. Real Madrid CF - Alfredo Di Stefano, Fransisco Puskas, Ferenc Puskas (1958-1960)

Raymond Kopa, Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Fransisco Gento
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Alfredo Di Stefano, Fransisco Gento and Ferenc Puskas won two European Cup as a trio before the addition of Puskas, Di Stefano and Gento had already led the Real Madrid attack to three European Cups. Puskas and Gento would go on to win another European Cup after the departure of Di Stefano. It is because of this trio that Real Madrid is often considered the king of European soccer. The 1950s and the 1960s were defined by this trio.

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