Barcelona: Best player, best goal and best performance of 2014/15

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Barcelona can bask in the glory of a job well done in 2014/15.

It may have taken until the beginning of the new year before things fell into place for Luis Enrique and his squad but since that point, the Blaugrana never looked back.

With each passing game, Barca got stronger and stronger and the front three especially began scoring goals for fun. 122 in all competitions from your attacking triumvirate alone is unheard of.

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Free on injuries to key players, which must be attributed to a studious back-room staff, Barca were able to sweep all before them. A second treble, the only time that has been achieved in European football history, was a just reward.

Let's take a look back at Barcelona's best player, best goal and best performance in 2014/15...

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Best player

Is there anything left to surprise us from Lionel Messi?!

After a 2013/14 season where it was said that he was "past his best," the Argentine firmly put those rumours to bed.  From the very start of this campaign, Messi was at the races in every single game. By Christmas he had been voted as man of the match in all but seven games across all competitions.

He also broke the all-time La Liga scoring record, the all-time La Liga assists record and the all-time Champions League scoring record.

Striking up a solid partnership with Neymar and Luis Suarez wasn't going to be an easy accomplishment, but Messi made it work by demanding that Luis Enrique move him out to the right wing again - a role he professes to detest, but knew that it would be for the benefit of the team.

58 goals and 23 assists speak for itself.

Best goal

There were a number of candidates for the accolade, and two that spring to mind are Luis Suarez's bicycle kick against Levante or Pedro Rodriguez's stunning overhead kick against Real Sociedad.

Neymar's cracker against Paris Saint-Germain is also worthy of a mention. However, one goal stands alone. It wasn't just the best goal of this season, but it could go down as Messi's greatest ever. And it came in the Spanish cup final to boot.

Receiving the ball six-yards into Athletic Bilbao's half, there seemed little danger. That was until Messi turned on the afterburners and ran directly into three accompanying defenders, beating them all with a body swerve.

Mikel Rico tried and failed to upend Messi as he bore down on goal, and once another body swerve had taken Aymeric Laporte out of the game, it just needed the finish. Messi duly obliged.

Best performance

Talk about saving the best until last. The head of steam that the Catalans had built up since January finally came together in one glorious performance in Berlin.

Juventus may well have felt that they had a chance when Alvaro Morata equalized Ivan Rakitic's opener, but it truth Barcelona were worthy winners of the Champions League. As in the semi-final against Bayern Munich, Barca wore down opponents who were much vaunted after winning their own domestic league.

Had Gianluigi Buffon not been inspired, Barca could legitimately have been three or four goals up before half time. Just as many chances were wasted in the second period. 3-1 certainly didn't flatter Barcelona and they'll take some stopping next season on this form.

Barcelona fans, can this side go on to be the greatest football has ever seen? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.

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