Top five: Dream strike partnerships

GMF imagines Robin van Persie playing with George Best & Neymar with Pele

Published 02/20/2013 17:23 by Will Haine.

Following the sprouting of his latest sprog, Diego Maradona planted a seed of a different kind by conjuring up the image of his newborn son eventually playing in the same Argentina team as the progeny of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.

With birth of Diego Fernando Maradona coming less than four months after the arrival of Thiago Messi, and Benjamin Aguero the elder statesman at four-years-old, Maradona's dream could become a reality should all progress to become professional footballers.

Maradona says he can envisage Diego Fernando playing alongside Thiago Messi - a dream forward partnership that could leave fervent Argentines suffering heart palpitations at the mere thought the offspring of their country's two greatest players carry the hopes of a nation.

It would offer the people of Argentina the next best thing to Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi themselves playing together in the same team - an international pairing of only fairytale proportions.

But imagine for just one moment the devastation El Diego and La Pulga would have caused were they born in the same era. Come on, allow yourself to indulge just this once. Feels good, doesn't it?

Having closed our own eyes and visualised a Maradona-Messi all-conquering axis, we now feel inspired to satisfy our urges even further and consider some other fantasy partnerships.

Robin van Persie and George Best - Manchester United

Robin van Persie could depart Manchester United as the greatest signing of Sir Alex Ferguson's illustrious tenure, and the Dutchman's goals look set to lead the Old Trafford club to the Premier League title.

George Best, meanwhile, is regarded by many as the finest player in Manchester United's history, and the Northern Irishman scored 181 goals in 11 seasons as a Red Devil.

Didier Drogba and Jimmy Greaves - Chelsea

Didier Drogba's place in Chelsea history is guaranteed following his Champions League winning penalty last season, and the Ivorian left Stamford Bridge having netted 157 times in 341 appearances for the Blues.

That is a tally 55 greater than Jimmy Greaves' record for Chelsea, but the former England star scored his at an astonishing rate of 0.78 per game in four seasons with the club.

Luis Suarez and Ian Rush - Liverpool

Luis Suarez is on his way to establishing himself as an Anfield great, with 23 goals for Liverpool this season exceeding the total haul of his first two campaigns with the club.

Ian Rush scored a phenomenal 346 times during two stints as a Liverpool player, during which time he won five league titles and three FA Cups.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Eusebio - Portugal

Portugal have been fortunate enough to produce two of the finest goalscorers the game has ever seen, with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo now bearing the burden previously placed squarely on the shoulders Eusebio.

Ronaldo's 306 goals in 505 career appearances is a remarkable return, but Eusebio was even more potent in his pomp - scoring 585 times in 571 club matches.

Neymar and Pele - Brazil

Neymar still has his work cut out to prove he is worth the hype, but Pele himself ranks the young Brazil as a superior to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

At just 21, Neymar has already scored an impressive 129 times for Santos - while Pele found the net a staggering 1088 times during his time with the Brazilian giants.

What would your fantasy striker partnerships be? Let us know in the comments section below...

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