In football, there are duos and trios who play well enough together they become etched in our memories.
Right now we have Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane, while previously we’ve had Barcelona’s MSN – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar.
So good they got an acronym.
But also, there are players you some times forget teammates, their spell together lost to the annals of time.
The history books will tell us they shared the pitch, as will TV footage, but somehow the knowledge of them co-existing in the same place is forgotten.
Never fear, though, every now and again our minds need a collective jog, the cobwebs brushed aside and cogs nudged into gear – and here at talkSPORT we’re happy to do this for you.
So, we’re digging deep into our memory banks, dredging our grey matter and bringing you eight pairs of players you forgot played together – and this is just part one.
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Mohamed Salah and Micah Richards (Fiorentina)
Is it really only six years ago since these two plied their trade together on the same flank of football pitch in Florence?
Now, the latter, aged 31, is giving his expert view on the Egyptian in his role with Sky Sports while Salah attempts to win the Premier League title.
Both exiled from England in the hope of finding a new path in their career, the Tuscans raided the English top flight for loan talent and picked up the out of favour duo from Chelsea and Manchester City.
Richards joined from City in the summer window but, due to a change of formation and his own injury issues, only made 19 appearances that season.
Meanwhile, Salah arrived on February 2, 2015, meaning they only played together on seven occasions, including a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Europa League.
Oh, and they were joined by Stefan Savic and Marcos Alonso too – an unlikely quartet all on the same side.
Kylian Mbappe and Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco)
Yes, don’t worry. We’ve checked the maths on this one.
Stunningly, Mbappe made his first senior appearance just shy of his 17th birthday in December 2015 – we can’t believe it was that long ago either!
And when he entered the fray, he did so with Chelsea legend Carvalho at centre-back, who was 37 at the time.
Eight days later they were both on the bench against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in a 4-1 Europa League defeat but only Mbappe made it onto the pitch.
He wasn’t able to stop the formidable Tom Carroll netting in the second period – drink that in.
Harry Maguire and Jermaine Pennant (Wigan)
Now Manchester United captain, it wasn’t always so easy for the England centre-back.
It even took him time to make an impact at Hull City and as recently as 2015 was sent out on loan to Wigan, who were struggling at the bottom end of the Championship.
There he failed to keep them in the second tier and plied his trade alongside the ex-Liverpool and Arsenal winger who was beginning to wind down his career.
Jesse Lingard and Lewis Dunk (Brighton)
Obviously, Dunk is a career-long Seagulls star so it’s no surprise seeing him here but you might have forgotten about Lingard’s stint on the south coast.
In 2013/14 the late developer was watching ex-academy teammate Paul Pogba become a key player at Juventus and win a Serie A title.
Lingard, though, was targeting success of his his own with Brighton as he attempted to build his reputation.
A spell with Birmingham that season saw him net four times in one match, which boosted his profile and joining the Seagulls in February put in him in a promotion battle.
He scored the opener in their play-off semi-final with Derby but they would go onto lose 6-2 on aggregate.
Eric Dier and Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon)
Two stars here who were once bright but are now fading too early considering their talents.
Dier’s form has been wrecked by injury and illness, although there were green shoots as he moved into centre-back again, while Marcos Rojo has suffered similarly, including a cruciate ligament injury.
Once, though, the duo were bright talents in Portugal back in 2013/14 with the Argentine preparing for the World Cup in Brazil and Dier breaking into the first-team.
A year later they were both in the Premier League and now they’re both fight for their futures at Tottenham and Manchester United.
Andrew Robertson and Ryan Gauld (Dundee United
The Liverpool ace spent one season at Tannadice in 2013/14 and played alongside the youngster known, at the time, as the Scottish Messi.
Big things were expected of Gauld and in the same summer as Robertson left for Hull City, his teammate left for Sporting Lisbon, both on the up but at that point the trajectories were different.
Spin forward six years and it’s Robertson who is the one lauded across Europe – a Champions League winner.
Don’t disregard Gauld just yet, though, his current side Farense have just been promoted to the Portuguese top flight and Gauld has been instrumental in this. He could yet hit the big time, especially aged just 24.
Shkodran Mustafi and Mauro Icardi (Sampdoria)
Arsenal’s German defender has certainly had an interesting career so far, most people forget he even played (once) for Everton as a substitute for Tony Hibbert.
But when he left the Toffees for Sampdoria he was on the up and spent two years in Italy.
There he linked up with Icardi, then a promising young forward who had signed from Barcelona.
One full season was spent at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris together before Icardi was on his way again, this time to Inter Milan.
Mustafi would get a move a year later, to Valencia but the less said about his £35million transfer to the Gunner the better.
Ivan Rakitic and Peter Lovenkrands (Schalke)
Rangers and Newcastle hero Lovenkrands had a spell in Germany between his spells with both clubs.
Here things, after a bright start, didn’t go too well for him but he did end up spending some time on the pitch with Rakitic back in 2007/08.
The Croatian had three and a half campaigns in the Bundesliga, before a switch to Sevilla in 2010.
Rakitic and Lovenkrands could also count Mesut Ozil as a teammate at one point too, and some bloke called Manuel Neuer.