Luis Suárez leads La Liga with nine game-opening goals

Luis Suárez leads La Liga with nine game-opening goals

The Barça striker has also opened the scoring in five non-league games

Each FC Barcelona player is a small, dry twig in a pile of kindling. Leo Messi and Neymar are the tinder. Luis Suárez is the spark.

That’s because, with three games remaining in the 2016/17 La Liga, Suárez is tops in the first division in game-opening goals, having given Barça a 1–0 lead on nine occasions — the figure rises to 14 if you count non-league games too.

Here’s a look at those nine La Liga games in which Suárez was the first player from either team to score (Click on the opponent to see the highlights):

DATEOPPONENTMIN.
9.24.16at Sporting29
12.3.16Real Madrid53
12.10.16at Osasuna59
12.18.16Espanyol18
1.14.17 Las Palmas14
2.11.17at Alavés37
4.2.17at Granada44
4.5.17Sevilla25
4.29.17at Espanyol 50

Barça would go on to win eight of those games, with the only exception being a 1–1 draw versus Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

Suárez has also been Barça’s fire starter in non-league games:

DATEOPPONENTMIN.COMPETITION
8.14.16at Sevilla54Spanish Super Cup
1.11.17Athletic Club35Copa del Rey
2.1.17at Atlético Madrid7Copa del Rey
2.7.17Atlético Madrid43Copa del Rey
3.8.17Paris Saint-Germain3Champions League

Suárez’s goal in the third minute against PSG, of course, set the stage for the biggest comeback in Champions League history, which saw Barça overturn a 4–0 first leg defeat with a 6–1 victory in the game at Camp Nou.

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