Neymar vs Luis Suarez - who is the better Barcelona player?

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Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick in Barcelona's 3-1 win against Eibar at the weekend and this would have been enough to cement himself as Barcelona's main talisman in Lionel Messi's absence, had Neymar not scored four goals to see off Rayo Vallecano in the previous home game.

Without Messi to score all the goals, Barca's other two south Americans are vying to be the key player and it's working wonders for the Catalans. Luis Enrique will be hoping Suarez and Neymar will continue to try and outperform the other - but who actually is Barca's second best player?

Suarez enjoys memorable debut season

When Suarez moved to Barcelona last summer, he wouldn't have imagined things would go as well as they did. Scoring the winner in El Clasico, the Champions League final, as well as another 33 goals, equate to a pretty good season for the Uruguayan, regardless of the expectations placed upon him.


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Messi seemed to have claimed the false number nine position for the remainder of his career, but Suarez offers something even Messi doesn't. The ex-Liverpool striker's work rate and energy has become an integral part of Barcelona's style under Enrique - Suarez's movement and selfless running create space for Messi and Neymar to flourish, and it's working well so far.

He started his Barca career relatively slowly, only scoring six goals up until the winter break. His season really kick-started with his two goals at the Etihad to defeat Manchester City; Suarez is an expert at picking his moments. Since that performance the goals and assists started to flow, consequently so did the love towards Suarez from the Catalan supporters.

Neymar proves doubters wrong

There were a few doubters when Barcelona stumped up the enormous transfer fee to secure Neymar's services: would he be worth the money? Will Messi be irked by his presence? Can he handle the physicality of Europe? In just one season, Neymar proved wrong any doubts fans had.

He has now entered his third season at Camp Nou, scoring 60 goals in 87 appearances. It's not quite the Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo level of goalscoring, but any player averaging well over a goal every two games deserves much adulation.

He has added an end product to his array of tricks and blistering pace; the side-foot finish to the far corner has almost become trademark from his time out on the left wing. He still finds himself on the periphery of matches as opposed to grabbing the team by the scruff of the neck - maybe in time that will come, after his importance to the team becomes paramount.

Who is better?

You could ask every supporter at Camp Nou who is better and the results would be pretty even. It depends which way you look at it - Neymar is undoubtedly more naturally gifted, whereas Suarez is more effective and important to the team.

In the present moment, Suarez's name would be first on the team sheet; his will to win has become synonymous with Barcelona's new style. However, if Neymar's exponential ability continues to rise, he will surely become one of Barcelona's all-time great players - which is some feat considering the company.

For the time being, let's just enjoy them while we can.

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