Football is a team sport where different players come together to fight for the best interests of the team. Players share memories and moments on/off the pitch and like in every aspect in life, and two people will tend to bond together and spark a very special relationship.
Top 10 Friendships in Football 2019
1. LIONEL MESSI AND LUIS SUAREZ
Messi and Suarez have established a deep understanding at Barcelona on/off the pitch since the latter’s move from Liverpool. They formed a fearsome attack with Neymar before the Brazilian left for PSG.
Since Neymar’s departure, Messi and Suarez have become even more closer with the friendship also extending to their wives. Messi’s partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, and Suarez’s partner, Sofia Balbi, jointly own a boutique in Barcelona.
2. CRISTIANO RONALDO AND MARCELO
Both players enjoyed a sensational understanding on the pitch during Ronaldo’s time in Madrid and created nightmares for opposing defenders. The pair also have a special understanding off the pitch too, regularly seen playing pranks on each other in training.
When Ronaldo moved to Juventus, it wasn’t surprising to see him almost luring Marcelo to join him in Turin.
3. ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC AND MAXWELL
Their friendship began in 2001 when Ibrahimovic joined Ajax from Malmo.
Maxwell helped the Swede in adapting to his new surroundings, and their relationship continued to wax stronger as they progressed in their careers with both players seemingly following each other around as they went on to play together at Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSG.
4. GERARD PIQUE AND CESC FABREGAS
Pique and Fabregas have known each other since their days at La Masia( Barcelona’s academy) —alongside Messi. During their teenage years, Pique almost joined Fabregas at Arsenal but opted to move to Manchester United instead. They would later line up alongside each other again at their boyhood club, Barcelona.
They enjoyed a trophy-laden spell together at Camp Nou before Fabregas moved to Chelsea. Both are also European and world champions with Spain.
5. PAUL POGBA AND ROMELU LUKAKU
Pogba and Lukaku have been friends before their time at Manchester United. They play basketball, holiday and dance together. Pogba was instrumental in the deal that brought ‘Rom’ to Old Trafford.
6. PHILLIPE COUTINHO AND ROBERTO FIRMINO
The Brazilians struck a good partnership together on/off the pitch at Liverpool. Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona didn’t affect their relationship as they are regularly seen partying together.
Firmino once described Coutinho as “one of the best friends football has given me”.
7. DAVID ALABA AND FRANK RIBERY
Long term teammates at Bayern Munich, Ribery and Alaba, joined the club in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
They have both enjoyed success on and off the pitch. Ribery joined Fiorentina in the just concluded transfer window.
8. MARIO GOTZE AND MARCUS REUS
The German pair made their breakthrough at Borussia Dortmund under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, before Gotze later moved to Bayern Munich.
His return to Dortmund surely gladdened Reus’ heart more than anybody else’s.
9. JUAN MATA AND ANDER HERRERA
The Spaniards have a deep mutual relationship which sparked during their time together at Manchester United.
They regularly prank each other on social media and also post their moments together for fans to enjoy. Herrera left United for PSG this summer.
10. AUBAMEYANG AND LACAZETTE
Arsenal’s incredible duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette formed not just a deadly strike partnership, but also a special friendship. When Aubameyang joined Lacazette in North London two years ago, the both of them have formed a special bond both on and off the field.
They can be seen, training together and celebrating goals together. Aubameyang and Lacazette’s friendship has helped Arsenal in the attacking department. Both players are selfless and are AZ constant goal threat.
Aguero/Messi, Jadon Sancho/Hudson-Odoi, Rashford/Lingard, Bale/Modric, Lampard/Terry, Beckam/Neville, Gerrard/Alonso, Sterling/Sturridg