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7 best strike partnerships in football today – from Lukaku and Martinez to Sterling and Aguero

Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez have established themselves as the highest-scoring duo in Europe’s top-flight after scoring two apiece during Inter Milan’s 5-0 Europa League semi-final win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Having taken Serie A by storm, Sportsmail has compared the best strike forces across all of the top European leagues this season.

Bayern Munich’s attacking force of Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller ran riot in the Bundesliga – providing a total of 97 goals.

While the combination of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi helped Paris Saint-Germain become champions of France after scoring 68 goals all together.

From the Bundesliga, to Serie A, to the Premier League – here are the most formidable attacking forces. 

Inter’s strikers Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are on a run of nine straight games in Europe with at least a goal between them.

The pair have equalled an Inter Milan record held by Obafemi Martins and Adriano, after they both scored twice in Monday’s 5-0 Europa League semi-final win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Martins and Adriano were the last Inter players to achieve the record after they won the Coppa Italia, finished third in Serie A and were quarter-finalists in the Champions League.

In order to break the record, Lukaku netted a total of 33 goals this season and Martinez provided another 21 – bringing their combined total up to 54 this season.

Bayern Munich attackers Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry are among the most prolific strike pairing in Europe.

The Polish forward now has 55 goals across the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Cup for Bayern this season.

While Gnabry, who is seven years Lewandowski’s junior, has scored 28 goals – giving them a combined total of 83.

The pair even helped each other reach such targets – with Lewandowski providing Gnabry with four assists and Gnabry providing Lewandowski with six this term.

Thomas Muller has also added to Bayern’s attacking force, contributing a total of 14 goals this season.

The combination of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi is one that can compete with Inter’s long-term forward partnership of Lukaku and Martinez.

Mbappe has 29 goals in league, cup and European outings this term, while Neymar and Icardi notched 19 and 20 retrospectively.

Despite racking up some impressive goal-scoring stats, the PSG forward’s have flourished due to their ability to work together.

Mbappe provided seven assists to Icardi and three assists to Neymar over the course of the season. 

In return, Neymar provided seven assists the Frenchman.

The trio’s partnership helped PSG become champions of France despite the season being ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have once again been on the same wavelength this season.

The Reds deadly trio are now widely seen as one of the Premier League’s best-ever scoring partnerships.

Mane, Firmino and Salah fired Liverpool to Premier League glory this season, scoring 46 times combined to see Liverpool top the table 18 points clear.

As for the season as a whole, Firmino leads the Anfield outfit’s scoring with 12 goals in all competitions this season, while Salah also provided 23 goals.

Mane’s 22 strikes completed the trio’s contribution – helping Liverpool pick up four trophies in 13 months.

When Manchester United sold Lukaku to Inter Milan last summer there was a feeling among Old Trafford that they may have made a significant mistake, leaving them short of attacking options. 

However, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial have provided them with exactly that.

The United forwards were in devastating form in front of goal following football’s return after lockdown.

Their goals even saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men secure a Champions League spot for next season.

Martial provided 23 goals in competitions this season, while Rashford contributed 22 goals.

18-year-old Greenwood topped the charts, scoring a total of 18 goals for The Red Devils this season.

Erling Haaland made the headlines by bursting onto the scene with a record-breaking start to life with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Though his attacking threat mesmerised the football world, his partnership with those around him contributed to his impressive goal-scoring record.

Sancho and Hazard played a defining role in bettering their team-mate and provided vital goals for the team.

This saw the three forwards form a formidable partnership – with their combined total of goals for the 2019-2020 season sitting at 43.

Sancho established himself as one of Dortmund’s key men, having scored a total of 22 goals in all competitions this season, while Hazard grabbed eight himself.

While Haaland has been lighting up the Bundesliga for Dortmund – establishing himself as one of the most feared attacking players in Germany by providing 13 goals in just half a season in Germany.

Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero are known for their ability to provide goals for Manchester City. 

Sterling even praised his team-mates form, saying Manchester City ‘depend’ on Aguero after the Argentina international scored a hat-trick in their 6-0 win over Chelsea in 2019.

Following such praise, Aguero went on to keep up his good form – finishing the season on a total of 23 goals. 

While Sterling single handily put away 33 goals while playing under Pep Guardiola in the 2019-2020 season.   

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