100 GOALS AND COUNTING: MESSI, SUAREZ & NEYMAR – THE BEST THAT KEEP GETTING BETTER & BETTER WITH 36 GAMES UNBEATEN


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Barca’s outstanding attacking trio have
now netted 100 goals between them this
term and they are well on course to
improve on last season’s tally of 122 for
the Catalan club

Barcelona’s brilliant trident cannot stop
scoring. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and
Neymar have now netted 100 goals
between them for the Catalan club in
2015-16 and are well on course to
improve on last season’s tally of 122. The
best are getting even better.
Neymar was missing through suspension
as Barca beat Eibar 4-0 on Sunday, the
Brazilian back in his homeland to
celebrate his sister’s birthday. But in his
absence, Munir El Haddadi opened the
scoring for the Blaugrana , before Messi
netted twice and Suarez the fourth to bring
up yet another milestone in a record 36th
unbeaten game for Luis Enrique’s side.
This time last season, Barca’s MSN trio
had scored 75 times and the three
forwards would go on to convert 122 as
the Catalans claimed a treble of Liga,
Copa del Rey and Champions League
crowns.
Now, the three South Americans are in
with a chance of leading Barca to an
unprecedented second successive treble,
while they are well on course to smash
their tally in front of goal from the
2014-15 campaign.
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Earlier this season, Luis Enrique was asked
if Messi, Suarez and Neymar were the best
front three the club had ever had and said:
“They form the best trident in Barca’s
history and I would even dare to say the
best in the history of football.”
Messi dropped deep to spray passes all
over the pitch early on against Eibar, but
scored a memorable goal as he ran from
midfield past several defenders and slotted
a precise shot past goalkeeper Asier
Riesgo and into the corner. It was a
moment of magic that had many of the
Basque side’s supporters on their feet.
The Argentine attacker added another from
the penalty spot as he dinked a spot-kick
straight down the middle and Suarez
scored with six minutes remaining with a
goal so typical of him: a mixture of power,
physique, strength and technique as he
nutmegged a defender and shook off two
more with his body before converting with
a low angled finish.
That was the Uruguayan’s 42nd goal of
the season, while Messi now has 35 in
2015-16 (despite spending almost two
months on the sidelines through October
and November) and Neymar has netted 23
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Suarez sat out the first two months of last
season due to his ban for biting Italy’s
Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but
ended the campaign with 25 goals from
his 43 appearances. This term, he has
played two games fewer than that so far,
yet he has scored 17 more already.
Messi, meanwhile, is making up for lost
time. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has
hit 22 already in 2016 and is scoring at
virtually the same rate that saw him net a
record 91 in 2012. Back then, he had 24 to
his name at this stage.
In those days, however, Barca were much
more reliant on one man to score the
majority of their goals and that is not the
case any more. Overall, Messi hit 58 in 57
appearances in 2014-15 and he should
come close to that mark if he stays fit for
the remainder of the current campaign. He
may even beat it, while Neymar (despite a
dip in form in recent weeks) could better
his own tally of 39 from last season.
In total, Barca have 10 league games left,
as well as the final of the Copa del Rey
and up to six more matches in the
Champions League, so with the way the
trio – Messi and Suarez especially – are
converting at the moment, they seem
certain to set a new goals record in the
weeks ahead.
“Today we played even better than we did
against Rayo,” Luis Enrique said in
reference to Thursday’s 5-1 win in the
capital. “And I thought we were
spectacular in that game.”
“These players are so good that when they
are at this level, it is very difficult to stop
them.”
That is true of the entire team right now,
but especially of Messi, Suarez and
Neymar. One hundred goals up and many
more to come, the trio have also improved
other areas of their game including key
passes, dribbling and their link-up play
So while it may have seemed impossible
last season, MSN 2.0 is already an
upgrade on last season’s treble-winning
version. And the bad news for everybody
else is that they have the potential to be
even better still.

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