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The greatest strike partnerships of all time

Right. Enough of this one striker, ultra tactical system nonsense. It’s boring and outplayed.

Football is infinitely better when teams use two striker formations. Them’s the rules. The following list ranks 30 of the greatest strike partnerships the sport has seen, and celebrates the two striker system for its newfound hipster status.

Consider this the unofficial campaign to bring back two striker systems and ban the bores that don’t comply.

Ajax Amsterdam's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (R)

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has a feisty scoring record / MARCEL ANTONISSE/Getty Images

29. Demba Ba & Papiss Cisse (Newcastle)

Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba

Once upon a time in Newcastle / Julian Finney/Getty Images

Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane

Quietly prolific / Julian Finney/Getty Images

27. Michael Owen & Emile Heskey (Liverpool)

Michael Owen, Emile Heskey

Heskey was once a top striker / GERRY PENNY/Getty Images

Alexis Alejandro Sanchez, Antonio Di Natale

Early on in Sanchez’ career, he enjoyed a fine partnership at Udinese / Dino Panato/Getty Images

25. Luis Suarez & Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez

Two great strikers, neither of which were wearing the number nine / Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Radamel Falcao, Givalnildo Vieira 'Hulk'

An unforgettable pairing / Angel Martinez/Getty Images

23. Marcelo Salas & Ivan Zamorano (Chile)


Salas and Zamorano balled out at national level / JACQUES DEMARTHON/Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez

A throwback duo / Lars Baron/Getty Images

21. Grafite & Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg)


Dzeko and Grafite fired Wolfsburg to the league title / MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov

An unlikely duo / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

19. Diego Tristan & Roy Makaay (Deportivo)


Super Depor / JAVIER SORIANO/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan Diego Forlan

The streets won’t forget Diego Forlan / MIGUEL RIOPA/Getty Images

17. Alan Shearer & Chris Sutton (Blackburn)

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer’s only league title was with Blackburn / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Diego Milito, Samuel Eto�o

Eto’o’s positional tweak was key / Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

15. Romario & Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona)


Romario and Stoichkov humbled Manchester United / Chris Cole/Getty Images

Kevin Keegan, Dave Clement

Keegan was immense and linked up with John Toshack / Getty Images/Getty Images

13. Andriy Shevchenko & Filippo Inzaghi (Milan)

Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi

Shevchenko and Inzaghi became European champions together / Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Parma v Juventus x

Endlessly cool / Grazia Neri/Getty Images

11. Ronaldo & Raul (Real Madrid)

Ronaldo, Raul

Ronaldo played alongside Raul, rather than replacing him / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit

A monumental impact on the club / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

9. Raul & Fernando Morientes (Real Madrid)

Raul, Fernando Morientes

Before Galactico policies… / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo

These two were a handful in the Premier League / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

7. Kenny Dalglish & Ian Rush (Liverpool)

Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish

Rush and Dalglish complimented each other perfectly / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema

Ronaldo and Benzema share a strong relationship / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

5. Thierry Henry & Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp were unrelenting / Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke

A lot of goals / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

3. Pele & Garrincha (Brazil)


Garrincha became a solid partner to Pele for Brazil / STAFF/Getty Images

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez

Good luck / Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

1. Alfredo Di Stefano & Ferenc Puskas (Real Madrid)

Jose Santamaria, Luis Del Sol, Francisco Gento, Rogelio Dominguez, Canario, Jose Maria Zarraga, Pachin, Jose Maria Vidal, Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas

Di Stefano and Puskas took Real to new heights and made them the club they are today / Central Press/Getty Images

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