5 Highest Scoring Duos in Top 5 Leagues in Europe in the 21st Century

February 18, 2023

In football history, there have been many outstanding goal scorers, but very few of them have scored in pairs. This is not a very common occurrence, so let’s look at the top five goal-scoring partnerships of the twenty-first century.

The list of the 5 highest scoring duos is as follows:

1. Luis Suarez (59), Lionel Messi (41) – Barcelona, 2015/16

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez

It is quite uncommon for Lionel Messi not to finish a season as Barcelona’s leading scorer, but in the 2015–16 season, it did not happen since Luis Suarez scored an incredible 59 goals across all competitions. While the Catalan giants won the La Liga and Copa del Rey double, Messi served as the ideal team mate for Suarez.

2. Lionel Messi (58), Neymar (39) – Barcelona, 2014/15

Lionel Messi, Neymar

In the 2014–15 season, when Barcelona last won the Champions League, they can thank Lionel Messi and Neymar, who between them scored 97 goals in all competitions that season. As usual, Messi led from the front during the Catalan giants’ illustrious season.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (60), Karim Benzema (32) – Real Madrid, 2011/12


Real Madrid led by Cristiano Ronaldo broke Barcelona’s stranglehold in Spain by winning the LaLiga title in a season masterminded by Jose Mourinho. The Portugese international netted 60 goals that season, with his partner-in-crime, Karim Benzema contributing 32 goals himself.

4. Lionel Messi (54), Luis Suarez (36) – Barcelona, 2016/17

Lionel Andres Messi

Although Barcelona struggled to win games in 2016–17, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were lethal goal scorers, scoring 90 goals between them. As expected, Messi topped the list for goals scored, and Suarez also found the back of the net frequently.

5. Lionel Messi (73), Cesc Fabregas (15) – Barcelona, 2011/12

Barca the only club for Messi - Fabregas

When comparing the number of goals scored by Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas, it is clear that the Argentinean was performing at a higher level in the 2011–12 campaign. 73 goals is beyond unbelievable, and it demonstrates why many still consider him to be the greatest player in the history of the game.


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