They didn’t form a pop acronym, which won the favor of the football world like MSN and the BBC. But they marked a time. And that era ended this week. With the Mane’s departure from Liverpool for Bayern Munich, another great trio came to an end in recent years: the one that the Senegalese formed alongside Firmino and Salah.
The Liverpool trio lasted five seasons and has numbers comparable to the groups formed by Messi, Suárez and Neymar at Barcelona, and that of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Now, of the nine players that once formed the iconic trios, only three resist: the Frenchman in the Merengue team, and Firmino and Salah in the English team.
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Carrpsseç trios MSN BBC FSM Messi Suarez Neymar Bale Benzema Cristiano Ronaldo Firmino Salah Mané — Photo: Infoesporte/ge.globo
MSN was only together for three years. The BBC and the FSM – why not use an acronym for the Liverpool trio? – lasted five seasons. All exceeded the mark of 300 goals, in absolute numbers of each athlete. They won many titles. And delighted.
On average, Barcelona’s South Americans did more. There were 364 goals in three seasons, 26 more than Liverpool’s three in five years, and nine titles. The BBC was the one that scored the most, with 442, and 11 cups.
* Data added based on the general numbers of each player — Photo: Infoesporte/ge.globo
But there is a fact that puts Firmino, Salah and Mané ahead of the other genius trios: goals in a single edition of the Champions League. And with the same amount of goals for each of the three forwards.
Trios with the most goals in a single Champions League:
- Firmino (10), Salah (10) and Mané (10): 30 goals in 2017/18
- Bale (6), Benzema (5) and Cristiano Ronaldo (17): 28 goals in 2013/14
- Müller (4), Lewandowski (15) and Gnabry (9): 28 goals in 2019/20
- Messi (10), Suarez (7) and Neymar (10): 27 goals in 2014/15
Firmino, Salah and Mane (Liverpool)
The trio played together from 2017/18, when Salah was hired, until the end of last season. They have been started in 105 Premier League games since then, with 144 goals scored, according to a survey by the English newspaper Daily Mail.
The Brazilian, Egyptian and Senegalese won the Champions League in 2018/19, the 2019 European Super Cup, the 2019 Club World Cup, the 2019/20 Premier League, the English League Cup and the FA Cup. of 2021/22. In his farewell, Mané spoke about his relationship with his attacking companions.
– Bobby (Firmino) and Mo (Salah)… what players! I don’t think there are any other secrets because playing alongside these great players, they make everything easy for me. I think I’m just supporting that and especially Bobby, who always sacrificed himself and made space for me and Mo – commented Mané, to Liverpool’s official channels.
“It was simply incredible”, defined Mané.
Undoubtedly the most successful trio. They were chosen together in 110 matches at Barcelona, with 228 goals (considering only the matches in which the three are on the field), according to a survey by the ESPN. With Messi, Suarez and Neymar, Barça had a goal every 39 minutes.
There were nine titles in the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons: one Champions League, one Club World Cup, two editions of the Spanish Championship, one European Supercup, one Spanish Supercup and three Copa del Rey. For Messi, the trio’s friendship was essential for success on the pitch.
– Playing with Neymar and Luis Suárez is something wonderful. We get along very well on and off the field. We are real friends, and that is really and that is really important because it allows us to play this kind of football – defined the Argentine, in an interview with UEFA in 2016.
The trio with the most goals, most titles and most success in the Champions League. Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid four cups of the tournament. They also won three more Club World Cups (in the fourth, CR7 was no longer there), three European Supercups, a Spanish Championship and a Copa del Rey.
The BBC’s era at Real Madrid spanned between 2013/14, when Bale was signed, and 2017/18, Cristiano Ronaldo’s final season at the club. The four reached 442 goals in total. In an interview with the French broadcaster RMC, Benzema summarized what the period was like.
“We had a ‘rocket’, which was Bale, the scorer, who was Cristiano, and also I, who was the space between the two, the piece for everything to work”, declared the French striker.