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Edinson Cavani and Neymar Europe’s hottest couple on Valentine’s Day

Edinson Cavani surpassed Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time scoring record with the help of five Neymar assists, while also laying on a couple of goals for the Brazilian. They can spearhead PSG’s bid to unseat Real Madrid at UEFA Champions League

football Updated: Feb 14, 2018 15:54 IST
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Apart from Edinson Cavani and Neymar, no two players in Europe’s top five leagues this season have combined more often for goals.(Getty Images)

They might have given us a lovers’ tiff or two on the pitch but, as a key Valentine’s Day engagement arrives, Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani have shown themselves to be the hottest couple in Europe.

Neymar and Cavani can spearhead PSG’s bid to unseat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday knowing no two players in Europe’s top five leagues this season have combined more often for goals than the seven their partnership has yielded.

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Cavani surpassed PSG’s all-time scoring record with the help of five Neymar assists, while also laying on a couple of goals for the Brazilian. Perhaps tellingly, no Madrid duo make the rundown.

The next most prolific pairings on the continent have produced six goals in tandem, including Lionel Messi and his Barcelona ally Jordi Alba and Liverpool stars Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Indeed, there are no more equitable on-field companions than Salah and Firmino, who have assisted each other on three occasions apiece.

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Unfortunately, some relationships are doomed to be all take, take, take. Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella have gobbled up six assists from Cesar Azpilicueta and Gaston Ramirez without returning the favour.

Manchester City’s creator-in-chief Kevin De Bruyne is still hoping for some return mail from Sergio Aguero, who has benefited from the Belgian’s ingenuity on five occasions, much like Luis Suarez on the end of five Sergi Roberto assists at Barca and Robert Lewandowski making the most of his established union with Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich.

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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has four goals from Paul Pogba assists, teeing up his fellow France international once. Their combination yields a goal every 183.2 minutes – the only goals-per-minute ratio more efficient than Neymar and Cavani’s 192.1.

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL’S MOST PROLIFIC COMBINATIONS

Seven goals

Edinson Cavani (5) and Neymar (2) – Paris Saint-Germain

Six goals

Gaston Ramirez and Fabio Quagliarella (6) – Sampdoria

Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata (6) – Chelsea

Mohamed Salah (3) and Roberto Firmino (3) – Liverpool

Lionel Messi (5) and Jordi Alba (1) – Barcelona

Five goals

Anthony Martial (4) and Paul Pogba (1) – Manchester United

Goncalo Guedes (2) and Rodrigo Moreno (3) – Valencia

Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski (5) – Bayern Munich

Sadio Mane (1) and Mohamed Salah (4) – Liverpool

Anthony Martial (3) and Romelu Lukaku (2) – Manchester United

Valere Germain (4) and Florian Thauvin (1) – Marseille

Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez (5) – Barcelona

Pione Sisto (2) and Iago Aspas (3) – Celta Vigo

Lionel Messi (2) and Luis Suarez (3) – Barcelona

Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero (5) – Manchester City

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 13:25 IST