Luis Suarez has helped Lionel Messi become the world's best again, says Jamie Carragher

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hailed the genius of Lionel Messi but believes Luis Suarez is largely to thank for the Argentine's - and Barcelona's - success over the past year.

Carragher and Suarez were teammates for two-and-a-half seasons at Anfield before the centre-back retired in the summer of 2013, while the latter left Merseyside for Catalonia a year later.

Having played alongside the Uruguayan and witnessed his talents, the former England international believes Suarez's influence has helped Messi reclaim top honours in world football ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo.


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In an interview with Spanish outlet AS, he said: "[Suarez is] sensational, he is the best centre-forward in the world.

"If you ask me who the best players in the world are, I'd go with Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez."

"Luis has directly contributed towards Barca becoming an even better team than the one coached by [Pep] Guardiola. I thought it'd be impossible to say that, but he has had a direct role in Messi being the number one player in the world again."

Carragher believes the 29-year-old striker must now target individual accolades.

"Now the challenge is for him to be number one, and I think he has enough talent to do that."

You need look no further than the fact Barcelona won the treble last season as evidence of just how big an impact Suarez has held since his 2014 arrival.

And such is the Uruguay international's talent, alongside Messi and Neymar, the Catalans look on course to claim all three trophies once again.

In La Liga alone, where Luis Enrique's side are eight points clear at the top and 12 above rivals Real Madrid, 'MSN' has scored 68 goals between them, claiming 32 assists.

Barcelona next face Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou. A 2-0 win over the Gunners in the first leg sees them resounding favourites to progress into the quarter-finals amidst their bid to retain their European crown.

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