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Greatest three-man strike forces in football history

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Luis Suarez’s imminent arrival at Barcelona means we are tantalisingly close to seeing a front trio of Neymar-Messi-Suarez at Camp Nou.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the greatest three-man strike forces in football history…

Brazil 2002: Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho

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The Three Rs propelled Brazil to victory at the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea.

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Hungary 1954: Puskas, Kocsis, Hidegkuti

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Hungarian football legend Ferenc Puskas (C)

Hungary smashed West Germany 8-3 in the group stage of the 1954 World Cup – the trio bagging seven of the goals between them – but were stunned 3-2 in the final by the same opposition in what would become known as ‘The Miracle of Bern’.

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Real Madrid 1950s: Puskas, Di Stefano, Gento

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The late Alfredo Di Stéfano, who died on Monday aged 88

One of the most fearsome attacking trios to grace the game helped Real Madrid dominate European football during the late 50s and early 60s.

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Netherlands 1974: Cruyff, Rep, Rensenbrink

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Johan Cruyff

The trio starred at the 1974 World Cup, reaching the final with a brand of free-flowing attacking football before falling at the final hurdle to the hosts West Germany.

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Napoli 1980s: Giordano, Careca, Maradona

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Argentinian legend Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona was part of the ‘Ma-Gi-Ca’ forward line-up during Napoli’s golden era.

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Man Utd 2008: C Ronaldo, Tevez, Rooney

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United’s double-winning campaign hinged on their attack – in particular Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Brazil 1970: Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao

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The trio were part of an irresistible attacking quintet as Brazil blitzed their way to the 1970 World Cup.

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Real Madrid 2003: Ronaldo, Raul, Zidane

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The original galácticos helped capture the 2002 Champions League crown, but were plagued by an inability to consistently win the top honours.

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Man Utd 1960s: Best, Law, Charlton

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So good they got their own statue outside of Old Trafford.

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Bayern Munich 1970s: Mueller, Hoeness, Kapellmann

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German legend Gerd Mueller

The trio flourished under the leadership of Franz Beckenbauer at Bayern.

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Milan 2000s: Kaka, Inzaghi, Shevchenko

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Only together for a brief period, Kaka, Inzaghi and Shevchenko thrived under Carlo Ancelotti – becoming one of the greatest strike forces to grace the Italian game.

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Real Madrid 2014: C Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema..??

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Helped end the Spanish giants’ hunt for a historic Decima in the Champions League. Next year's Liga title race should be very tasty...

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