Ranking the 10 best soccer duos in the world currently

Ranking the 10 best soccer duos in the world currently

Steve Njuguna
November 19, 2023 at 9:38 AM

Football is a team sport, and success ultimately lies in the hands of the 11 players on the pitch. However, there are groups of players who develop great chemistry playing as a duo and end up propelling the team to victory. Today, we look at the best soccer duos in the world currently and why they have achieved such high praise.

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Haaland (9) and Kevin De Bruyne (17) during the 2023 Champions League final. Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto
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Most fans love attacking partnerships on the pitch because of all the goals and glamour. We will incorporate those in this article, but we will also add duos from other parts of the pitch who did their job exceptionally, such as midfielders and defenders.

What is the best soccer duo of all time?

The midfield pairing of Xavi Hernandez and Andrés Iniesta of FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team are often considered the best soccer duo ever. Their connection, vision, and technical brilliance defined an era, propelling Barcelona and Spain to numerous domestic and international triumphs, including UEFA Champions League victories in 2009 and 2011 and the World Cup in 2010.

Ranking the best soccer duos in the world currently

This list primarily consists of the best soccer duos in 2023. All of the players are currently active in the 2023-2024 football season that started in August.

10. Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram (Inter Milan)

Marcus Thuram arrived at Inter Milan in the summer as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku and proved to be an instant sensation, striking up a great strike partnership with Lautaro Martinez. The highlight of the season so far is how the two strikers combined to humiliate AC Milan in the Milan derby in September 2023, winning by five goals to one.

9. Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)

Despite a shaky 2022/23 season, Liverpool has surged back in the 2023/24 season, thanks in no small part to a blossoming partnership between Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez. Salah has been atop the league scoring charts, with Nunez featuring as a provider.

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Salah (left) and Nunez (right) during a 2023 match against Karlsuher SC. Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images
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8. William Saliba and Gabriel (Arsenal)

The two have picked up momentum at Arsenal that could see them become one of the best CB duos of all time. They were instrumental in seeing Arsenal dominate the 2022/23 EPL season.

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Gabriel(left) and Saliba (right) enter the stadium prior to a UCL game against PSV Eindhoven. Photo by David Price/Arsenal
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7. Harry Kane and Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)

A lot of fanfare surrounded England Captain Harry Kane's move to Bayern Munich. He managed to hit the ground running thanks to assistance from former Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, whose movement has also complemented Kane's passing and scoring.

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Leroy (left) and Harry (right) celebrate a goal against Bochum. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein
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6. Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid)

French Captain Antoine Griezmann and the Spanish striker have struck up a great partnership for Atletico Madrid. The two were significant in helping the club qualify for the Champions League last season and in challenging for the title this season.

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Alvaro Morata (Right) celebrates scoring their third goal with teammate Antoine Griezmann (Left) during the UEFA Champions League match between Atletico Madrid and Feyenoord at Civitas Metropolitano Stadium on October 4, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
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5. Florian Wirtz and Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen)

Nigerian striker Victor Boniface joined Leverkusen in the summer, and this coincided with the return of young star Florian Wirtz from injury. The duo has been instrumental in propelling Leverkusen to an unlikely Bundesliga title charge alongside perennial winners Bayern.

4. John Stones and Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

Manchester City achieved a historic treble during the 2022/23 season, and this is in no small part down to a tight defence. Portuguese Center Back Ruben Dias and his English counterpart John Stones were immaculate all season long and conceded fewer goals than anyone else in Europe that season.

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Stones (left) and Dias (right) celebrate after a game against Burnley in August 2021. Photo by Gareth Copley
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3. Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

English midfielder Jude Bellingham has become the star of Madrid since signing from Dortmund, as his partnership with Vinicius Junior has kept the team firing on all cylinders. His dramatic late winner in the El Clasico no doubt accumulated for him a large number of new fans.

2. Victor Osimhen and Kvhicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli)

Nigerian striker Osimhen and Georgian winger Kvaratskhelia propelled Napoli to their first Scudetto in 30 years as the two tore teams apart with their speed and accuracy. Their efforts saw Kvara win the Serie A Most Valuable Player Award, while Osimhen won the top scorer award.

1. Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Topping off the list, attacking duo Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne have blossomed into one of the best soccer duos of all time. The two were instrumental in Manchester City winning the treble in the 2022/23 season. Haaland scored goals for fun, while De Bruyne played the key role of facilitator and assist king. Their performances that season saw Haaland finish as runners-up in the Ballon D'or awards.

With the 2023/24 season well underway, teams are showing off their new player duos as the battle for league and continental supremacy continues. Will Manchester City lead the way again? We can only wait and see.

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Steve Njuguna is a media professional with close to a decade of experience in the sports media industry. He has previously worked as a sports journalist with Bamba Sports TV, Vybez Radio and The Nairobian newspaper.