Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are a superior attacking trio than Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, according to Jorge Sampaoli.
The Chile coach even joked that FIFA should ban Barcelona’s ‘MSN’ trident as they are too good.
Messi, Suarez and Neymar have scored 67 goals in all competitions this season, seven more than their Los Blancos counterparts. Messi and Neymar were both included in the final vote for the Ballon d’Or and the trio's unity makes it difficult to argue with Sampaoli’s view.
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Sampaoli then went on to justify his reasons for valuing Barca’s terrific three ahead of Ronaldo and co., identifying the Madrid team’s individualism as a flaw.
“Leo alone can win a game. If, in addition, he empowers Suarez and Neymar, that is invaluable. They should ban it.
“The difference with Madrid is that Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema, their trident, do not enhance each other but are neutralised.
“If Ronaldo starts a move it ends with him, if Bale does it’s the same. Benzema grabs what he can but does not create anything."
It’s a riveting argument. On one team you have a five-time Ballon d’Or winner accompanied by an incredible supporting duo. On the other, you have the two most expensive players in football history.
Both tridents have been in incredible form this season. The La Liga goalscoring chart is led by Suarez (18 goals) and he is immediately followed by Neymar, Benzema, Ronaldo (all 16) and Bale (13).
In all competitions, Madrid have netted a staggering 33 goals in their last seven games, including wins of 8-0 and 10-2 in December. Barca have scored 16 times in their previous four games.
Spain has seen several illustrious attacking trios, including Zinedine Zidane, Raul and the Brazilian Ronaldo, who formed Real Madrid’s first 'galacticos' team in the early century. This isn’t Messi’s first dream team either - he joined Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o to form a scintillating triumvirate that won the Spanish title, Champions League and Copa del Rey in the 2008-09 season.
Good luck to Malaga and Betis, who have the daunting task of stopping MSN and BBC this weekend.