Barcelona forward Lionel Messi believes that he is currently playing in the best attacking front-line of his career.
Messi is flanked by Neymar and Luis Suarez in the Barcelona attack and ranks them higher than anyone he has played with before.
In an interview with Squawka he said: “I’m lucky. I’ve played with so many wonderful forwards over the years. I had a great connection with Ronaldinho. I played with Samuel Eto’o, with Thierry Henry, with Pedro, David Villa, Alexis [Sanchez].
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“But I have to say that it is hard to top lining up alongside Neymar and Suarez. They are two players at the top of their games.
"We have only been together as a three for one season, so there is still work to do on the partnership, and we can all improve together – but we all see it as teamwork.”
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The trio have scored a combined total of 120 goals in all competitions this season and are often found assisting each other too.
Brazil star Neymar has now completed his second season at the Catalan club and Messi believes he and Suarez are well on their way to greatness. But the four-time Ballon d’Or winner believes it’s the dynamism of the three that make them so effective.
He said: “I’ve said before that with Neymar’s quality, touch and fitness, he can become the best in the world – and Luis is the same. His touch, vision, his movement, his instinctive play, are incredible. We all offer something different, and make each other better.”
Despite Messi’s admiration for his new strike-partners he still remembers watching his hero’s as he was growing up and how they have inspired him in his football.
“Ronaldo of Brazil was my idol growing up. He was unbelievable for Barcelona and Brazil, I have never seen a more talented forward. He scored goals from nothing, and his shot was the best there has ever been in football.
He was a great guy off the pitch too. And for role models, you have to look at Zidane. I loved to watch him, but he was such a hero in France, a great man away from football.”
Despite individual honours and praise the Argentine has his focus still firmly set on winning even more trophies to add to an individual collection that includes seven La Liga titles, three Copa del Ray wins and four Champions League medals.
He said: “My target is always to win trophies for Barcelona, and that will always be my motivation, to win things. Nothing feels better than doing that as a team.”