Luis Suarez and Neymar may be Barcelona teammates but when they’re representing Uruguay and Brazil, the two forwards couldn’t be bigger rivals.
The superstars will go head-to-head on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier. And there’s more at stake than simply winning three vital points.
That’s because Suarez has revealed that he and Neymar have a friendly wager on the game’s outcome.
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And Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique might not be too pleased with the prize.
“I have a bet with Neymar,” Suarez told the press ahead of the game, per 101GreatGoals. “The winner gets a burger.
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“He is a great teammate and we always make jokes at Barcelona. But whoever will win this game will be enjoying himself and he who loses will be hearing it from the other. Above all, we are teammates and friends.”
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South America qualifying
All joking aside, it’s great that Suarez and Neymar are able to enjoy the competition that the fixture presents. The Selecao are third in the South American qualifying, five points behind first-placed Ecuador.
Uruguay are one spot above Brazil and three points behind the leaders, who take on fourth-placed Paraguay on Thursday.
It’s a big game for Suarez, this. The former Liverpool striker will make his long-awaited return following his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.
But the biggest talking point is Neymar v Suarez. They are two of football’s hottest players and to see them going toe-to-toe will be incredible.
Combined, the duo have scored 70 goals for Barcelona this season and are part of the ‘MSN’ strike force with Lionel Messi.
The Argentine takes the trio’s tally to 107 goals.
Each has spoken individually about the success of MSN and how they came to be so prolific, with Messi humbly admitting Barca’s success (they are on the verge of back-to-back trebles) isn’t wholly down to the three forwards.
“Barcelona do not depend on MSN," Messi recently told reporters, per Goal. “We have a great squad and there is much more to Barcelona than just the three attackers. We have some amazing players.
“The good atmosphere in the squad is the key to our success. We have players who have already won it all, but are still as enthusiastic as at the start of their careers. That's very important as well.”
On the trio’s relationship, Neymar told Goal: “[With Leo and Luis] we get along very well. Not only on the field, but mostly off it. Today I can say we became friends, and when that happens in football you help your mates even more during the matches.
“We developed a strong bond, being three South American players and 'rivals', it's something very hard to accomplish, but we did it, playing together and forging a good friendship. But most importantly, it's working well on the field."
Meanwhile, Suarez told El Pais (via Sport): “There's always something we laugh about.
“We laugh on and off the pitch. Ney is a happy guy, Leo too, although people don't think it. Results are going our way and this helps too.”