Messi & Suarez, Rashford & Martial: What are Europe's most prolific strike partnerships?

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Batman always needs a Robin, and the same rings true in football.

It’s all well and good having a top quality striker, but having another player who can chip in with double figures is so beneficial.

This season, Cristiano Ronaldo had Paulo Dybala, who scored 11 goals as Juventus won another Serie A title.

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski had Serge Gnabry, while Karim Benzema had Sergio Ram- wait, what?

Ramos’ 11 goals from centre-back were crucial in helping Real Madrid beat Barcelona in the La Liga title race.

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But what was the most prolific duo in Europe’s top five leagues this season?

Using stats from Transfermarkt, we’re counting down the top 25 strike partnerships in 2019/20.

23=. Marco Mancosu & Gianluca Lapadula | Lecce | 25 goals

Mancosu: 14 goals
Lapadula: 11 goals

23=. Moussa Dembele & Memphis Depay | Lyon | 25 goals

Dembele: 16 goals
Memphis: 9 goals

23. Edin Dzeko & Henrikh Mkhitaryan | Roma | 25 goals

Dzeko: 16 goals
Mkhitaryan: 9 goals

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22. Richarlison & Dominic Calvert-Lewin | Everton | 26 goals

Richarlison: 13 goals
Calvert-Lewin: 13 goals

20=. Danny Ings & Stuart Armstrong | Southampton | 27 goals

Ings: 22 goals
Armstrong: 5 goals

20. Wissam Ben Yedder & Islam Slimani | Monaco | 27 goals

Ben Yedder: 18 goals
Slimani: 9 goals

18=. Harry Kane & Son Heung-min | Tottenham | 29 goals

Kane: 18 goals
Son: 11 goals

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18. Gerard Moreno & Santi Cazorla | Villarreal | 29 goals

Moreno: 18 goals
Cazorla: 11 goals

16=. Joao Pedro & Giovanni Simeone | Cagliari | 30 goals

Pedro: 18 goals
Simeone: 12 goals

16. Jadon Sancho & Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 30 goals

Sancho: 17 goals
Haaland: 13 goals

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14=. Jamie Vardy & Ayoze Perez | Leicester City | 31 goals

Vardy: 23 goals
Perez: 8 goals

14. Kylian Mbappe & Neymar | PSG | 31 goals

Mbappe: 18 goals
Neymar: 13 goals

12=. Karim Benzema & Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid | 32 goals

Benzema: 21 goals
Ramos: 11 goals

12. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal | 32 goals

Aubameyang: 22 goals
Lacazette: 10 goals

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11. Marcus Rashford & Anthony Martial | Manchester United | 34 goals

Rashford: 17 goals
Martial: 17 goals

10. Francesco Caputo & Domenico Berardi | Sassuolo | 35 goals

Caputo: 21 goals
Berardi: 14 goals

8=. Raheem Sterling & Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | 36 goals

Sterling: 20 goals
Aguero: 16 goals

8. Duvan Zapata & Luis Muriel | Atalanta | 36 goals

Zapata: 18 goals
Muriel: 18 goals

6=. Romelu Lukaku & Lautaro Martinez | Inter Milan | 37 goals

Lukaku: 23 goals
Martinez: 14 goals

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6. Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 37 goals

Salah: 19 goals
Mane: 18 goals

5. Timo Werner & Patrik Schik | RB Leipzig | 38 goals

Werner: 28 goals
Schik: 10 goals

4. Lionel Messi & Luis Suarez | Barcelona | 41 goals

Messi: 25 goals
Suarez: 16 goals

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3. Cristiano Ronaldo & Paulo Dybala | Juventus | 42 goals

Ronaldo: 31 goals
Dybala: 11 goals

2. Ciro Immobile & Felipe Caicedo | Lazio | 45 goals

Immobile: 36 goals
Caicedo: 9 goals

1. Robert Lewandowski & Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich | 46 goals

Lewandowski: 34 goals
Gnabry: 12 goals

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The emergence of Gnabry as a goalscoring threat could be decisive in Bayern Munich’s push to win the Champions League.

He weighed in with 12 goals which, coupled with Lewandowski’s 34, was enough to make the Bayern duo Europe’s most prolific partnership this season.

Mbappe and Neymar would have finished much higher than 14th were it not for the Brazilian's injury-riddled season, which limited him to just 15 league games for PSG.

The French season was also cut short as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, meaning PSG only played 27 games in 2019/20. So for Neymar and Mbappe to even make the top 25 shows how well they performed.

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And, despite the fact that Ramos isn't a striker, for the sake of this article it makes sense to refer to him as being part of a 'strike partnership'.

Quite incredibly, the Real Madrid's next highest scorers in the league were Toni Kroos and Casemiro, who each netted four goals.

Maybe teams don't need two good strikers after all. 

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