Soccer is known for the bromance between players on and off the field. Teammates have been known to spend quality time together no matter where they come from or the barriers between them. It’s one of the things that makes the beautiful game really more enjoyable and healthy. On the occasion of International Friendship Day, FootTheBall looks at the top 10 bromances everyone has come to love and appreciate.
The oldest bromance on this list and one of the most loved. Rice and Mount have known each other since they were together at the Chelsea academy as children. Both families were on vacation together regularly and traveled across countries and the children were labeled “dumb and dumb”.
Mason Mount and Declan Rice are living the dream.
From the Chelsea academy to the final in # EURO2020.
Best friends since the age of 8 in England’s biggest game since the 1966 World Cup final.
What a moment!
– Optus Sport (@OptusSport) July 11, 2021
So deep was his affection that Mount’s mom cried when they let Rice go for the blues. That didn’t deter their friendship and despite playing against each other, they are now regular teammates for England.
– Mason Mount (@ masonmount_10) Jul 3, 2019
Plus, there are funny video clips and sound bites of the two talking about their love for each other, like when Mount had to isolate himself during national duty on the Euros and more.
One of the most endearing couples and his affection was well known throughout Barcelona. Messi and Suárez were best friends after the Uruguayan’s transfer to Camp Nou in 2015. Their families lived close by, they spent most of their time together and their children even went to the same school.
5 – Lionel Messi has assisted five of Luis Suárez’s last six goals for FC Barcelona in all competitions. Friends. pic.twitter.com/wJmUvyJvhL
– OptaJose (@OptaJose) Dec 14, 2019
They shared the closest bond that became evident on the field during mutual celebrations as they led the club to silver success. It was even more visible after Suarez’s rough exit from the club last year. Messi posted a photo of them together and his legend really moved fans to tears at how much they would miss him.
Messi and Neymar spoke after Barcelona expelled Luis Suárez from the club.
Now you see why 💁♂️ pic.twitter.com/E7npqu7zkc
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 22, 2021
Even now, after the end of the Copa América, both players are on vacation together, further proving that a club difference cannot divide them.
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI AND MARCO REUS
These two gave the world one of the most iconic moments on the pitch when they were caught smiling and gesturing at each other before the start of a match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. In fact, the couple only spent two seasons together at Signal Iduna Park, but it sowed the seeds of a warm bromance.
Reus and Lewandowski have the best memories of playing together and were regularly seen exchanging handshakes and hugs after the match. Although one of the shortest in terms of years as teammates on the list, the bromance knows no time and this pair is certainly proof of that concept.
GIORGIO CHIELLINI AND LEONARDO BONUCCI
The bromance between these two was no secret even before their historic Euro 2020 triumph. Teammates of more than 10 years at Juventus and for Italy, there are literally no unturned stones in their relationship. In fact, Chiellini even suggested that he knows Bonucci “better than my wife.”
The European champions even go on vacation together
Bonucci + Chiellini 🍝😍 pic.twitter.com/XaKmqL6hBb
– Italian football television (@IFTVofficial) July 17, 2021
They claim to do everything together, be it for the club or the country, and even after the tournament, they were clicked by eating spaghetti together during the holidays. Playing as teammates on defense has helped this bromance flourish and they will surely go on to become two of the best defenders in the history of the game.
Bonucci had even stated that he will bring back Chiellini, now 36, for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which seems like a foregone conclusion since Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020.
JESSE LINGARD AND MARCUS RASHFORD
It’s easy to forget that Rashford is only 23 and it’s easier to forget that Lingard is… 28. However, that hasn’t stopped the pair from becoming Manchester United’s best friends. Lingard views Rashford as his little brother, as the two have developed their own special handshakes after scoring and are regularly seen on vacation together.
Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford: pic.twitter.com/OwOPFxjNsW
– ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) June 16, 2019
Rashford has been dubbed “bean sprouts” by the older statesman, and the fact that they both hail from United’s youth organization has surely helped break down uncomfortable barriers. This has really allowed the world to see these two in action together and of course make the moves to score goals.
NEYMAR AND DANI ALVES
The two Brazilians became teammates in 2013 after Neymar’s move from Santos. By then Alves was already an established face at Camp Nou and took the young big shot under his wing. There have been many opportunities for close bonding between the couple, having shared meals, vacations, and trips over the years.
– FCBarcelonaFl (@FCBarcelonaFl) November 22, 2014
Plus, playing together for the national team has further helped solidify this friendship into true bromance material. Destiny has been by their side when in 2017 they were both signed by PSG to help continue their journey of becoming closer confidants. Even though the right-back is no longer in France, the friendship remains strong to this day.
ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE AND PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG
Love at first sight for the next bromance on the list. Aubameyang joined the Gunners in January 2018 and shared how well he was seeing the Frenchman. Since then, the pair have become Arsenal’s main source of goals and have perfected one of the best celebrations after scoring.
This gives us so much life ❤️😁 pic.twitter.com/nQwvPOk8ir
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 7, 2018
Even in the photos from the training camp and the warm-up sessions, the two have been caught having a great time together with smiles and laughter. Lacazette has gone on to state that they are “brothers” now (who could have guessed) and they love their partnership playing at the top.
These Tottenham teammates are the definition of giving your friend a hard time before hugging it all ends. Alli has referred to Dier as one of the “nicest guys” anyone can meet and they are often seen shopping together or sharing meals. Plus, they are also roommates when the Spurs have an away game and continue to show their affection every time the team scores a goal.
– Related to Hotspur (@HotspurRelated) April 2, 2016
Dier and Alli have also shared many close moments while on duty for England, also involving teammate Danny Rose. Although that camp has seen a decline due to its reduced chances to represent the Three Lions, there is no question that at the club level, more will be seen next season.
LIONEL MESSI AND SERGIO AGUERO
Another bromance that goes back a long way. Messi and Agüero started out as teammates for the Argentine Under-20 team in 2005, where they shared a room together. Having helped his team win the tournament, they became inseparable every time the international scene rolled.
– FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 22, 2021
They continue to honor that ritual every time they play for La Albiceleste, winning the 2008 Olympics. Finally, after years of watching from afar, these two will be able to play together for Barcelona next season, where their bromance will flourish further. regular.
The great Portuguese struck up an instant friendship with the Brazilian upon his arrival in 2009. Their positions on the pitch allow them to become telepathic in attack and help the team rack up goals and trophies over the years. Ronaldo and Marcelo often found themselves joking around during training sessions, traveling together and helping each other when the going got tough.
It is emblematic that these two always celebrate each other’s achievements and their bond was so strong that Marcelo was apparently crying after Ronaldo’s departure in 2018. Although he is now the new captain, the Brazilian will definitely enjoy the opportunity to face his teammate from team. If the opportunity arises, it will have no negative effect on your solid bromance at all.