The Premier League has a habit of throwing players together from all over the world and some form a unique bond.
Over the years, we’ve had Yorke and Cole, Beckham and Neville, Lampard and Terry, as well as many more blossoming football love-ins.
And now, with the social media age well and truly in full swing, the bond between footballers has hit an entirely new level, so much so that the Premier League is now playing host to a multitude of bromances that are flowering into something of real beauty – both on and off the pitch.
Get on the sofa and fight back the tears, here come the seven heart-warming bromances that are blossoming in the Premier League right now.
1. Mohamed Salah and Dejan Lovren
This is quite an unlikely one, but appeared to blossom during the second half of last season.
It seems like quite a love/hate relationship. Dejan Lovren is a player that a lot of the Liverpool squad enjoy riling up and as Mohamed Salah began to settle at the club last season, he was one that was most guilty of doing so. The Croatian doesn’t really help himself with his comments about being one of the best defenders in the world and so on.
Of course, Lovren gave Salah some stick back and things have gone from there. The pair have also got into a habit of picking up morning coffees for each other every day.
On one occasion, Lovren called Salah out for posting pictures of himself with his top off on social media, citing ‘his 3% body fat’ as a way that he feels the Egyptian is showing off.
He also recently filmed Salah struggling to complete some filming for a TV commercial, with Lovren heckling him in the background.
It’s rare that a day goes by without one of them having a dig at each other on Instagram! It’s all good fun, though.
2. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 7, 2018
We’ll kick off with the one that received a lot of airtime.
Since joining Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal in January, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s love for the Frenchman and fellow striker has just kept on growing and now seems to be getting out of control.
This gives us so much life ❤️😁 pic.twitter.com/nQwvPOk8ir
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 7, 2018
And Aubameyang’s love is fully reciprocated by Lacazette, with the two now sharing a cheeky handshake celebration, forming a deadly strike partnership for the Gunners and, after scoring against Fulham in the 5-1 win, the former Lyon man sprinted to the sideline to enjoy a warm embrace with the apple of his eye – if only BT Sport had played that moment out in slow motion to the sound of Celine Dion.
Lacazette has since described Aubameyang as being ‘like a brother’ to him, admitting the two ‘love working together.’
3. Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba & Romelu Lukaku have one of the best friendships in football. 👊
Agent Pogba. 🕵️ pic.twitter.com/wqONQhqPjh
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 7, 2017
Under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United appeared to be in turmoil with everybody at the club falling out with one another? But that wasn’t the case with Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba.
In a way, you have to feel a little for Jesse Lingard, who was forming quite the bond with Pogba before Lukaku rocked up at Old Trafford at the start of last season.
However, while the Belgian’s move from Everton to United was being finalised, the pair shared a holiday in LA and, upon receiving news that the transfer was complete, partook in a dance that only your loved ones could forgive you for.
Wait for Paul Pogba's little dance when Romelu Lukaku told him the news… 😂 pic.twitter.com/E1tG7qGBnX
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 8, 2017
Since then, the two have argued from time to time, as things have gotten a little tough for the Red Devils, but it is nothing a little counselling hasn’t been able to solve and Lukaku and Pogba remain inseparable, with the pair even being nicknamed ‘Pogkaku’ among some sections of the Man United support.
Again, please spare a thought for poor old Jesse Lingard. Maybe Marcus Rashford is in the market for a new bromance?
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4. Dele Alli and Eric Dier
Despite giving him a constant torrent of abuse, Dele Alli has, in the past, referred to Eric Dier as ‘one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet’. Treat them mean, keep them keen, ey Dele?
Alli and Dier are roommates on Tottenham away days, the pair share shopping trips together in their downtime and their bromance is generally on full view every time Spurs score a goal.
This even spilt over into England’s training camp at the 2018 World Cup, when Alli had to come to the rescue of his beloved Dier when the 24-year-old was having some trouble with fellow Spurs man Danny Rose. A united front is the true sign of a match made in heaven.
5. Richarlison and Yerry Mina
It seems to be love at first sight for these two summer recruits at Everton.
Although Richarlison’s ‘pigeon dance’ may have turned Neymar into his best mate while on international duty with Brazil, it is Yerry Mina who holds a special place in the 21-year-old’s heart.
The pair often appear in each other’s Instagram stories and are regularly seen out at restaurants or shopping around Liverpool city centre.
Yerry Mina + Richarlison, the friendship we never knew we needed 🇨🇴🇧🇷
[🎥 IG: yerrymina] pic.twitter.com/TyiY1pcNNK
— COPA90 (@COPA90) September 20, 2018
Mina took a while to make his Everton debut due to injury but, with the groove he showed when celebrating with Colombia at the World Cup over the summer, we can’t wait to see what goal celebrations this South American love affair will conceive.
6. Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy
With an almost telepathic partnership at the back for Brighton, joint interviews with Gary Neville and both signing new, long-term contracts at the Seagulls at the same time – it’s all looking very rosy indeed for Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.
In an interview with Sky Sports during Brighton’s 2016-17 promotion-winning campaign, Dunk described ‘communication and understanding’ as the key points to their defensive partnership, while Duffy said: “He [Dunk] has got everything.”
😉 A good day’s work for these two…
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) October 5, 2018
These are things that you would say if you were talking about your significant other, not just your defensive partner on the football pitch and, since reaching the Premier League with Brighton, their partnership, friendship, bromance, or whatever you want to call it, has really gone from strength to strength.
The pair had reached 23 clean sheets in their 73 starts after the shutout against West Ham in October 2018, a match which lead to the greatest indicator of their bromance yet as they shared the Man of the Match award.
7. Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) April 22, 2018
Last, but certainly not least, are two players that formed a strong bond at Monaco and, not willing to be separated, followed each other to Manchester City.
Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva is a real, modern-day love story if ever there was one. They’ve travelled from the French Riviera to Manchester to make sure they have stayed together and after Bernardo Silva celebrated his goal in a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea back in April, the Portuguese immediately ran to Mendy to celebrate.
Mendy was truly touched by this lovely gesture and wrote on his Twitter page that Silva ‘loves him more than his girlfriend’. Many took this as a light-hearted joke but, given the frequency of their sightings together on social media, as well as out and about in Manchester, we think there may be a little more than meets the eye here.
The Man City left-back has often been caught giving his other half grief, but the fact he spends so much time following Bernardo Silva around just goes to show what he thinks of his teammate.