Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has decided to speak out about the rumours claiming him and his Barcelona teammates are doing everything in their power to ensure their "golden-boy" Leo Messi pipes rival Ronaldo to La Liga's Golden Boot come the end of the season.
Although Suarez and the Argentine maestro have developed a deadly understanding on the football pitch, he has denied that his own selflessness in front of the sticks has been orchestrated in order to benefit his teammate.
Answering the question put forward by German publication Kicker, as relayed by ESPN, Suarez replied: "That's a crazy idea. Messi told me after a few games: 'I thought that you'd score and that's why I didn't move up the pitch. We apologise to each other when we have not passed the ball."
Messi doesn't get preferential treatment
"To be honest, attackers are selfish by nature, but when I see Messi, [Andres] Iniesta or Xavi in a better position, I pass the ball. And we don't need to talk about Neymar's class"
"Sometimes we should make use of our shared potential even more. All of us want to score goals, but in the end it does not matter for the team who scored the goal."
Regardless of a supposed Suarez-led scheme, Messi leads the way
It seems that an apparent plot to secure the much-coveted "Pichichi" award is not necessary as Lionel Messi is currently setting the pace at the top of La Liga's top-scorers table. As ever, it is the Argentine and his great nemesis Ronaldo who are the two most likely winners of the prize come the end of the season although the Barca forward has taken a slight lead over the Portuguese in recent weeks.
The Barca forward currently occupies the top spot in La Liga's scoring table with an incredible 32 league goals. Although Ronaldo has suffered a recent "dip" in form and scored only six goals since the turn of the year, he still hot on Messi's heels having scored a "mere" 31 goals.
The race to secure the Pichichi award is truly a two-horse race as the player currently occupying third place, Messi's Barcelona teammate Neymar, lags far, far behind the two stars with *only* 17 La Liga goals.