Back in the Euro Cup 2008, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry played on different sides. During the club season though, they both suit up as Bayern Munich's wingers.
Opposing defenses have to pick their poison with Robben on one side and Ribéry on the other.
Anyone who saw the World Cup Final can agree that Robben can flat out run. As Unger from the 2005 remake of the classic film The Longest Yard would say, "He's so fast he makes fast guys look .... not fast!"
After a stellar 2009-2010 season, Robben missed the first third of last season with a hamstring injury sustained during the World Cup. Once healthy, he returned to top form in no time, scoring 12 goals in his abbreviated season.
Ribéry was acquired from Marseille back in 2007 for a then-club-record 25 million euros. Unfortunately, his time in Munich has been marred by injuries.
When healthy though, Ribéry is a veritable assist machine. He contributed an assist or goal in five straight matches in the second half of last season—in four of those matches, he either scored or assisted every goal his side scored.
A large percentage of Ribéry's assists are converted by speed-demon Arjen Robben.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger playing center midfield, Bayren Munich makes a strong case for the strongest midfield trio in the world.
But for now, they'll have to be satisfied with their number four ranking for duos.