We know it might be hard to believe, but there was a time when playing two up top was the norm.

Modern football is so concerned with ‘tactical flexibility’ and the rise of a number ten playing alongside a lone striker has all but killed off the days of the duo.

Look around Europe and you’ll see trios, false nines and trequartistas, but truly great strike partnerships are at a premium. So let’s reminisce about a simpler time.

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1 Ian Rush & Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool)

Often talked about as the best duo ever to strut their stuff in British football, and it’s not hard to see why. Dalglish brought guile, wit and touch while Rush’s fearsome pace and finishing ability were responsible for a mountain of goals in the ’80s.

2 Romario & Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona)

He came, he saw, he conquered. Romario only spent two years in Barcelona, but his first was a whirlwind of unforgettable football. As with Dalglish and Rush, Stoichkov played in the pocket, netting 16 often eye-catching goals, while the explosive Romario top scored with 30 La Liga goals during the 1993/94 season.


3 Alan Shearer & Chris Sutton (Blackburn)

So good they had a natty nickname. SAS fired Blackburn to a first league title since 1914 during the 1994/95 season, scoring a combined 49 goals, although they never managed to replicate their form at international…

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