By signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe during this summer’s transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain now boasts one of the best front threes in Europe, potentially the very best.
With Edinson Cavani already on the French side’s books, the addition of the two most expensive players in history has suddenly turned PSG’s attacking trident into one of the Champions League’s most terrifying.
In total, they cost the Ligue 1 club 467 million euros and already they seem to be gelling, having scored four goals between them in the 78 minutes they played together against Metz last Friday night.
But the fact that they’ve had one good game and that they cost the most money does not necessarily mean PSG’s attacking trio are the very best, which begs the question: which clubs is?
Over the past four seasons, Real Madrid’s BBC of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have wowed Europe on their way to three Champions League titles, so must be considered one of the best around.
Meanwhile, Barcelona has already replaced Neymar with Ousmane Dembele, so they also have a front three to be feared, considering the Frenchman will be playing alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
In addition, there is Juventus’ trio of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic, Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Pedro, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne and then Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Marcus Rashford.
Looking at the numbers from 2016/17, Messi, Suarez, and Dembele combined for 101 goals, which is the highest tally of any attacking trio in Europe, just ahead of the 95 goals which Mbappe, Neymar, and Cavani managed at Monaco, Barcelona, and PSG respectively.
Some distance behind was the 78 strikes of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min, the 71 of Napoli’s Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne and the 70 of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, James, and Arjen Robben.
Real Madrid’s BBC also netted 70 times in 2016/17 on their way to lifting the European Cup in Cardiff, the prize which all of these front threes will truly be targeting.