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What happened to these brilliant attacking trios after they were broken up?

All good things have to come to an end, so what happened when these attacking trios split? Did they go on to solo success?

It happened with Take That. It happened with Blazin’ squad. And it’s happening with MSN.

All good groups come to an end. They may come back as a shell of their former selves, but the original maverick spirit can never be recaptured.

So what happened to some of the best attacking trios in recent footballing history?

Did they go on to Robbie Williams-esque solo success, or did they fade into obscurity like Dane Bowers.

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The footballing equivalent of…

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The footballing equivalent of…

Ronaldo, Raul and Luis Figo (Real Madrid)

While not strictly a trio, Ronaldo, Raul and Luis Figo’s haul of 43 goals during the 2003/04 season made them one of Europe’s most dangerous attacking tridents.

In 2005 Figo broke away, heading to Inter Milan where he won four Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups for good measure.

Ronaldo was next to jump ship, also heading to Italy to play in the black and red of AC Milan, before Raul moved to Schalke where he was so good they retired his number.

Who let Salgado in the photo?

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Who let Salgado in the photo?

Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljunberg (Arsenal)

Again, not strictly an attacking trio in the sense they didn’t play in a front three, but tell that to the 48 goals Henry, Pires and Ljunberg scored during the 2003/04 season.

Three seasons later Pires- his powers waning- moved to Villarreal to grace La Liga with his silky touch, leaving Ljunberg and Henry behind.

Both were gone the following season, poached by claret and blue. Henry would finally get his hands on the Champions League with Barcelona, while Ljunberg finally got to play with Carlton Cole at West Ham.

Hands up if you want to leave Arsenal?

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Hands up if you want to leave Arsenal?

Grafite, Edin Dzeko and Zvjezdan Misimovic (Wolfsburg)

Wolfsburg’s 2009 German title win was in large part down to Grafite, Dzeko and Misimovic, who scored 61 Bundesliga goals that season.

Numbers like that are always likely to get the European vultures circling but Wolfsburg managed to hold on to all three the next season.

The following season they were split, with Edin Dzeko heading to Man City, where he was vastly underappreciated, and Misimovic joining Galatasaray.

Grafite held on for a further season but then left for Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia. Dzeko is the only one of the trio still playing, with his goals at Roma earning him an Italian golden boot last season.

Like Take That in their prime

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Like Take That in their prime

Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)

Before MSN there was REM. Ronny, Sammy and Leo scored 46 goals during the 2006/07 season as the world of football bowed at their scintillating feet.

Ronaldinho took Lionel Messi under his wing, scoring 21 goals, but was sold to Milan in 2008, winning the title in 2011.

Samuel Eto’o only lasted one more season and Messi…, well, it’s fair to say he’s done alright since the split.

Smile lads

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Smile lads

Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United)

Tevez, Ronaldo and Rooney’s 57 goals in the 2007/08 season promised something great. Two bulldogs and a greyhound, terrorising Premier League defences.

But just two seasons later Ronaldo was lured to Madrid and Tevez crossed Manchester to sign for Man City, leaving Rooney behind.

The poor lad was heartbroken. Even more so when he was forced to train with Bebe.

We’re getting teary looking at them

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We’re getting teary looking at them

Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Triple S came within a whisker of winning the Premier League in 2014, only for Barcelona to sign Suarez while the tears from Crystanbul were still wet on his cheek.

Raheem Sterling left for Man City the following window, leaving Sturridge on his own at Anfield.

He’d probably have left by now, if his hamstrings weren’t made of cheesestrings.

No wonder they all left, that kit is disgusting

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No wonder they all left, that kit is disgusting

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