Teammates don’t necessarily have to be BFFs to win football matches but it definitely helps. Here are some of our favourite friendships:
1. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Lucas and Alberto Moreno – Liverpool
When Coutinho scored that great free-kick against Crystal Palace, he ran straight to one of the substitutes – Alberto Moreno. Liverpool’s Brazilian trio love hanging out with Moreno. Fancy dress parties, music concerts, tours of the new stadium – they’re inseparable.
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Maxwell – Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, PSG
It’s quite unusual for players to follow each other around Europe, but that’s exactly what Zlatan and Maxwell have done. After bonding over food and FIFA at Ajax, these two linked up in Italy, Spain and France. Zlatan must be really missing his best mate in Manchester.
3. Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski – Arsenal
‘Per and Poldi’ had been Germany teammates for years but their friendship hit new heights when Podolski joined Mertesacker at Arsenal in 2012. The football Instagram community fell in love with their brotherly antics.
4. The Class of 92 – Manchester United
It’s a youth team that will probably never be beaten: Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes (that’s Terry Cooke on the end). Under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance, Manchester United’s golden generation grew up together and won an amazing 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues. And they’re still best mates, as they showed in the recent ‘Class of 92’ BBC TV series.
5. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr – Barcelona
When Suarez joined Barcelona, many people were surprised. How could three of the best attackers in the world play in the same team? Would they work together for the team, or work separately for themselves? Thankfully, ‘MSN’ decided to work together and become best friends. The rest is history.