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Benzema & Vinicius, Salah & Mane: Who were the best duos in 2021/22?

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You’ll be hard pushed to find a better attacking duo in world football right now than Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior.

The pair have been lethal together at Real Madrid in 2021/22. They are a key part of the reason why the team finished 13 points clear at the top of the La Liga table and reached the Champions League final.

It’s incredible to think that during a match against Borussia Monchengladbach in October of 2020, Benzema told Ferland Mendy not to pass the ball to Vinicius, as the Brazilian was too much of a liability and kept surrendering possession.

How things have changed and in the eyes of many football fans, Benzema and Vinicius are currently the best attacking duo in world football.

The stats certainly back up that opinion as well.

In the entirety of 2021/22, no other forward-thinking pair recorded more goals and assists in league action combined than Benzema and Vinicius.

Let’s take a look at the top 20 in that regard

Karim Benzema & Vinicius Junior in action with Real MadridBILBAO, SPAIN – DECEMBER 22: Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid look on during the LaLiga Santander match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid CF at San Mames Stadium on December 22, 2021 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

The 20 deadliest duos in Europe’s top five leagues during 2021/22

20. AS Roma, Tammy Abraham & Lorenzo Pellegrini – 35 goal contributions

Abraham (17 goals, 4 assists) | Pellegrini (9 goals, 5 assists)

19. OGC Nice, Andy Delort & Amine Gouiri – 37 goal contributions

Delort (16 goals, 2 assists) | Gouiri (10 goals, 9 assists)

18. Leicester City, Jamie Vardy & James Maddison – 37 goal contributions

Vardy (15 goals, 2 assists) | Maddison (12 goals, 8 assists)

17. Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo & Bruno Fernandes – 37 goal contributions

Ronaldo (18 goals, 3 assists) | Fernandes (10 goals, 6 assists)

Manchester United duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno FernandesMANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on September 11, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

16. Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne & Raheem Sterling – 42 goal contributions

De Bruyne (15 goals, 8 assists) | Sterling (13 goals, 6 assists)

15. Hellas Verona, Giovanni Simeone & Gianluca Caprari – 42 goal contributions

Simeone (17 goals, 6 assists) | Caprari (12 goals, 7 assists)

14. Lyon, Moussa Dembele & Karl Toko Ekambi – 42 goal contributions

Dembele (21 goals, 4 assists) | Toko Ekambi (12 goals, 5 assists)

13. Inter Milan, Lautaro Martinez & Edin Dzeko – 44 goal contributions

Martinez (21 goals, 3 assists) | Dzeko (13 goals, 7 assists)

Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko with Inter MilanMILAN, ITALY – MARCH 04: Edin Dzeko of FC Internazionale (R) celebrates with teammate Lautaro Martinez after scoring their team’s fifth goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Salernitana at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 04, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

12. Rennes, Martin Terrier & Gaetan Laborde – 45 goal contributions

Terrier (21 goals, 4 assists) | Laborde (12 goals, 8 assists)

11. Sassuolo, Gianluca Scamacca & Domenico Berardi – 48 goal contributions

Scamacca (16 goals, 0 assists) | Berardi (15 goals, 17 assists)

10. RB Leipzig, Christopher Nkunku & Andre Silva – 49 goal contributions

Nkunku (19 goals, 15 assists) | Silva (10 goals, 5 assists)

9. AS Monaco, Wissam Ben Yedder & Kevin Volland – 50 goal contributions

Ben Yedder (25 goals, 5 assists) | Volland (9 goals, 11 assists)

Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland celebrate an AS Monaco goalSoccer Football – Ligue 1 – AS Monaco v Saint-Etienne – Stade Louis II, Monaco – September 22, 2021 AS Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates scoring their second goal with Kevin Volland REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

8. Lazio, Ciro Immobile & Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – 52 goal contributions

Immobile (27 goals, 3 assists) | Milinkovic-Savic (11 goals, 11 assists)

7. Bayer Leverkusen, Patrik Schick & Moussa Diaby – 54 goal contributions

Schick (24 goals, 5 assists) | Diaby (13 goals, 12 assists)

6. Borussia Dortmund, Erling Haaland & Marco Reus – 56 goal contributions

Haaland (22 goals, 8 assists) | Reus (9 goals, 17 assists)

5. Liverpool, Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane – 57 goal contributions

Salah (23 goals, 14 assists) | Mane (16 goals, 4 assists)

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in action at LiverpoolLIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool talks with team mate Sadio Mane during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on October 30, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

4. Tottenham Hotspur, Heung-min Son & Harry Kane – 58 goal contributions

Son (23 goals, 9 assists) | Kane (17 goals, 9 assists)

3. Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski & Serge Gnabry – 59 goal contributions

Lewandowski (35 goals, 4 assists) | Gnabry (14 goals, 6 assists)

2. Paris Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappe & Neymar – 66 goal contributions

Mbappe (28 goals, 19 assists) | Neymar 13 goals, 6 assists)

  1. Real Madrid, Karim Benzema & Vinicius Junior – 69 goal contributions

Benzema (27 goals, 12 assists) | Vinicius (17 goals, 13 assists)

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