Barcelona & Real Madrid: Attack of the Three

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While everyone may have their own favourite football player of all time, there’s one thing all fans can agree on: both Barcelona and Real Madrid have an amazing attacking trio of their own. On one side, it’s Benzema, Ronaldo, and Bale. On the other, it’s Messi, Suarez, and Neymar. Can you really compare them? Let’s take a look at what the numbers say.

Now Real‘s trio has been playing together since the season of 13/14, which is when the last triplet, Gareth Bale, moved from Tottenham Hotspur. He‘s already had 128 games with the team as of September 21st, and in that time, the Welsh winger managed 60 goals.

The other two both started a while back, in 09/10. Since the trio was formed, Benzema played 138 matches and scored 75 goals, while Cristiano has 152 games and 165 goals for his name. That means that during their time together, the three players have scored exactly 300 goals together – and it’s only been four seasons, of which the last has just started, so it’s no wonder the Internet is buzzing with the news of such an achievement.

Barcelona, however, doesn’t have anything to complain about when you take a look at the combined stats of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar. Obviously, Leo is the most impressive, and he’s had a long career to achieve his ridiculous 461 goals in 539 appearances for Barça. However, it’s only the third season for the trio – Luis Suarez joined the team in 14/15 from Liverpool.

The newest addition is Suarez, with 102 appearances and 91 goals. In that time, Neymar played in 103 matches and scored 72 goals, while Messi added 114 apperances and 107 goals to his name. That means together, they are responsible for netting no less than 270 goals – and they had a season less to do it. It‘s pretty safe to assume that after a season more, the trio will be ways above 300 goals.

When you look even at a few statistics like these, it’s no wonder that Barcelona remains a force of nature in La Liga. According to the UK-licensed bookie TonyBet, their chances of defending the title are currently better than anyone else’s – ant that’s including Real Madrid with their top scorers. Still, Real remains a very worthy opponent to say the least.

In a way, the fact that both teams have an attacking trio that works so well together on the field is one of the best things about seeing these two play together. Football would be no less than boring without contenders who really keep you on your toes – and these players are definitely a very big part of that, because they are one of the best in the sport and can always present a challenge.

Could you objectively define which golden trio deserves to be called the best in the world? Now that’s a very tough question. To deduce this, you have to know them well enough; and watching these footballers play will make you appreciate each one’s personal style and flow. All that makes for bias – and so does the team that you prefer. One thing is absolutely clear though: it’s a brilliant time to be a football fan and to get a chance to see players who have the potential to become legends.