Barcelona’s players must be quite tired of seeing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar take all the plaudits for the team’s success.
Take Tuesday’s Champions League game against Arsenal, for example. The ‘MSN’ trio were heaped with praise after Barcelona’s first goal, which involved all three players and ended with Messi striking past Petr Cech.
But defender Gerard Pique is keen to ensure he gets his fair share of the headlines.
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The Spain international hosted a question and answer session on Twitter after Barcelona’s 2-0 win over the Gunners and was eager to point out that he played a big part in Messi’s opening goal.
The 29-year-old was asked what his first thought was after watching the Argentine finish off Barcelona’s stunning counter-attack, to which he replied (as translated by Sport): “That I started the move.”
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Pique’s hilarious remark is a reminder that Barcelona are more than just three players. Messi, Suarez and Neymar certainly wouldn’t be on the verge of back-to-back trebles without the impressive performances of Pique and Dani Alves in defence, or Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic in midfield.
It proves just how enviable a position Luis Enrique is currently in. Pique has marshalled Barcelona’s defence for eight years and his Spanish boss certainly won’t need to overhaul the squad in the summer.
Instead, he will simply look to plug gaps that arise when ageing players such as Alves and Iniesta move on from the club.
If Barcelona’s La Masia academy doesn’t churn out Alves or Iniesta’s replacements, Enrique will turn to the transfer market. The Catalan club certainly have the funds to sign multiple world-class talents.
First class organisation
Barcelona are an exemplary model in how to run a football club, and most other teams should take note of how things are done in the north-east of Spain.
Enrique’s team have an eight-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid in the race for the La Liga title, while the quarter-finals of the Champions League surely awaits following Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Gunners.
Meanwhile, they will take on Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final in May.
Things are certainly rosy at the Camp Nou.
Messi took his tally for the season to 29 goals following his brace against Arsenal and MSN pushed their combined total to 93 goals.
When all is said and done, the fearsome three may go down as the finest strike force in football history - if they haven’t done so already - and the rest of Europe can only hope for the day when age catches up to Suarez, 29, and Messi, 28.
As for Neymar, the 24-year-old looks set to take on the mantle as the world’s greatest footballer one day and will fill Messi’s shoes as Barcelona’s leading man when the Argentine departs.
And their carousel of success will keep spinning.
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