Every team needs a decent goalscorer.
If you have two 20-goal-a-season forwards then that’s even better.
But three 30+ goal-a-season players? That’s decadent beyond belief and practically cheating if you think about it.
Since 2000 only seven trios have combined to score over a 100 goals in a season; and here they are…
100 goals — Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale (2014/15)
BBC bagged exactly a century in 2014/15 although CR7 was responsible for 61 of them.
Benzema scored 22 while Bale racked up 17 in his second season in Spain.
100 goals — Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry (2008/09)
This fearsome trio spread the goals relatively evenly — Messi 38, Eto’o 36, Henry 26.
Three clinical finishers with pace to burn + wide Nou Camp pitch = defender’s nightmare.
103 goals — Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas (2011/12)
To be honest, Messi’s incredible tally of 73 goals carried his team-mates through for this one.
Fabregas and Sanchez scored 15 each but spent most of their time admiring the great Argentine No10 in his absolute prime.
108 goals —Jonathan Soriano, Alan Carvalho, Sadio Mane (2013/14)
Prolific for Barcelona B, Soriano has run riot in Austria since his move to Red Bull Salzburg in 2012.
He scored 48 goals with Mane and Brazilian forward Alan chipping in with 23 and 37 respectively.
118 goals — Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain (2011/12)
It was Benzema’s most successful season in a Madrid shirt to date (32 goals) but of course Ronaldo led the way (60).
Many thought Higuain and Benzema were too similar and that they would suffer being in the same squad but they did alright that season, didn’t they?
122 goals — Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez (2014/15)
You knew they’d appear at some point.
MSN clicked straight away and immediately raised the bar by which all attacking trios would be measured.
Messi 58 goals, Neymar 39, Suarez 25.
131 goals — Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez (2015/16)
Last season Suarez had a full season to work with and inevitably Barcelona’s South American trio beat their own tally from the season before.
It was the Uruguayan who took up the role of chief goalscorer with 59 goals, a tally previously reserved exclusively for the superhuman pairing of Messi and Ronaldo.
Messi scored 41 (practically a drought by his standards) with Neymar mopping up the remaining 31 meaning they were responsible for 77% of Barca’s total goals for the season.
Imagine scoring 31 goals in a season and not even being the second highest scorer at your club.
MSN have scored 56 goals already this season and will surely pass the 100 mark for a third season in a row.
They simply have to be considered the greatest front three of the modern era and arguably of all time.
Oh, and it’s no coincidence that Messi appears four times in this list…