Andrew Nabbout and Dimitri Petratos have forged an endearing partnership on and off the field, now they're aiming to take it to the world's biggest stage.
Move over Ninkovic and Mierzejewski, 2018 has seen a new dynamic duo in the A-League and they were Australia's own.
Urawa Reds may have prematurely ended the Newcastle Jets' party, but now Nabbout and Petratos are in the Socceroos squad together for the first time.
The Jets could have barely imagined how successful their partnership would be this season. Nabbout has ten goals to Petratos' nine, while Petratos boasts eight assists to Nabbout's seven.
One of the league's finest late-bloomers, Nabbout's rapid rise to stardom in Australian football has filled the exuberant 25-year-old with confidence, so it's little surprise he believes he and Petratos can go all the way.
"I believe he's got the best out of me and I've got the best out of him, so it just shows the type of mentality," Nabbout said.
"When we got the notification we kind of looked at each other and said 'Well, I hope we can take this together the whole way'.
"We drive each other to become better players. He's been top class all year and deservedly he's alongside me on that list.
"Hopefully we can push through to the World Cup together."
Petratos, meanwhile, is slightly more reserved. He's been just as important to the Jets this season, but has gone somewhat under the radar recently due to his teammates' phenomenal strikes.
Now, just as quickly as they got started, Nabbout ventures off to a prestigious Asian league, a forewarning of Petratos' spectacular rise in Brisbane Roar colours, culminating in a frustrating, unsuccessful move to South Korea.
Unlike Nabbout, Petratos was a regular for the Socceroos at youth level. He's experienced the hype before, without the end result.
Now, a much more world-weary 25-year-old, he knows the importance of not getting ahead of himself.
"It's a good reward, whatever happens from here on," Petratos said. "I've been working really hard.
It's a good feeling to be in the 29 but there's still (another cut) so we'll see what happens."