'MSN' have proven a deadly trio since Suarez's arrival in 2014.

Luis Suarez deserved to be nominated for the Ballon d'Or, says Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi believes Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez deserved to be in the Ballon d'Or shortlist alongside himself and Brazilian winger Neymar, according to the Telegraph.

After helping the Catalan giants to a treble winning season it came as a slight surprise when Suarez was omitted from the three-man shortlist by FIFA.

Outstanding season or not, Messi and Ronaldo are almost guaranteed their place in the final three due to their reputations. Undeniably, the latter had the best individual season, but seeing as football is a team sport, his goals ultimately counted towards very little as Real Madrid failed to get the better of their rivals.


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Suarez, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool in the summer of 2014, helped considerably to the Spanish side's treble winning season.

The fatal 'MSN', consisting of the Uruguayan and South American counterparts Neymar and Messi, were simply irresistible - and according to the Barcelona's Argentine wizard, Suarez fully deserved a shot at the Ballon d'Or.

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He said: "I'd have liked to be on the Ballon d'Or podium with Neymar and Luis.

"Luis deserved it, but Cristiano also did well. We'll have a good time."


Neymar appeared to share the same notion: "Being nominated for Ballon d'Or means a lot. Suarez should have been there too, but Messi is favourite, he's the number one for me."

Known for his unselfish yet deadly style of play in England and Spain, Suarez has either scored or assisted in in almost every game for the Catalonians and has been a resounding hit in La Liga.

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And whilst the Messi vs Ronaldo debate will never cease until their retirements, most fans will agree that Barcelona's number nine deserved to be in contention for the award, even despite Ronaldo's outstanding year individually.

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