Barcelona are a bit good, aren’t they?
When the Catalans signed Luis Suarez in July 2014, they completed the assembly of world football’s most formidable strike force. With Lionel Messi and Neymar already in the side, Luis Enrique had a hat trick of goal machines on his hands.
Furthermore, the latest round of statistics have served to exemplify just how prolific ‘MSN’ have been in the two seasons and two months they’ve been together. It’s rather staggering stuff.
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This week marks the two-year anniversary of Suarez’s Barcelona debut and thus the first fielding of MSN.
However, the trio didn’t make the greatest start to life together. In fact, that October bow took place at the Santiago Bernabeu and Los Blancos ran out convincing 3-1 winners despite Neymar opening the scoring.
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Since then though, Barcelona’s expensive attacking arsenal simply hasn’t stopped scoring. So, it’d be rude not to delve into the statistics, as per Goal.com, that underline the implications of three of the world’s finest strikers sharing a pitch weekly.
Over the past two years, Barcelona have scored 367 goals across all competitions with MSN providing 264 of the net busters.
Furthermore, there have been 16 games where Neymar, Messi and Suarez have all found the net. This equates to 72 goals across such a short space of time.
The trident is even more lethal when it comes to European football. In the Champions League since 2014, MSN have provided 50 out of 60 of the Catalans’ goals. That’s an astonishing 83.3%.
Incredibly, only two teams have racked up greater goal tallies than Neymar, Messi and Suarez alone in the same time. Real Madrid (296) and Paris Saint-Germain (270) prove the lone rivals.
Of the three members comprising MSN, Messi proves the most efficient in front of goal. The Argentine has amassed 104 goals with Suarez finding the score sheet 94 times and Neymar netting 66.
The trio aren’t solely goal scorers though and prove surprisingly philanthropic in the penalty area.
Suarez edges the assist charts with a tally of 48 with Messi just behind on 47. Neymar once again comes in at third, but 34 remains an impressive turnover.
Therefore, it’s not difficult to ascertain that Barcelona have one of the greatest attacking line-ups in history at their disposal. Their formidable trio has the firepower to match entire teams and European juggernauts at that.
If Barcelona come up short this season, it certainly won’t be at the fault of their strike force.
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