Neymar and Messi: The duo has played some kind of role in 19 of the total 22 goals for the team / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Two players are having a huge impact on Barça’s goalscoring ability this season. Leo Messi and Neymar Jr. They’ve scored 15 of the team’s 22 goals in La Liga and the Champions League. The Argentinian has 7 and the Brazilian 8. That’s 68% of all goals, while the duo has played some kind of role in 19 of the total 22 goals for the team.

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Messi’s seven goals are on a relative par with previous season. At this stage last year, he had eight goals, and he also had eight in 2012/13 and ten in 2011/12 (his best ever). But where there has been a substantial improvement is in the number of assists provided by the Argentinian. He has made eight so far, four of which were for Neymar.

It is no mere coincidence that he and the Brazilian are combining so well this term. As Messi himself told a press conference last week, Luis Enrique has opted not to play the wingers out so wide and that means they are working closer to the area, meaning they are more likely to work together to create goal chances.

And that’s clearly having a huge benefit on Neymar. He has scored eight goals in eight games this campaign, seven of those in the league, more than the six he scored in the whole first half of the last Liga season. That’s an average of a goal every 48 minutes, with a 70% success rate (7 goals in 10 attempts).

Messi and Neymar's League Statistics

Date Minute Player Opponent Where From where How Assisted by
24/08/2014 42 Messi Elche Home Inside the area Left Busquets
24/08/2014 63 Messi Elche Home Inside the area Left  
13/09/2014 79 Neymar Athletic Home Inside the area Left Messi
13/09/2014 84 Neymar Athletic Away Inside the area Right Messi
21/09/2014 34 Neymar Levante Away Inside the area Right Messi
21/09/2014 77 Messi Levante Away Inside the area Right  
27/09/2014 26 Neymar Granada Home Inside the area Right  
27/09/2014 45 Neymar Granada Home Inside the area Right  
27/09/2014 62 Messi Granada Home Inside the area Head Dani Alves
27/09/2014 66 Neymar Granada Home Inside the area Right Messi
27/09/2014 82 Messi Granada Home Inside the area Right  
04/10/2014 35 Messi Rayo Away Inside the area Left Piqué
04/10/2014 36 Neymar Rayo Away Inside the area Right El Haddadi

Source: Opta Sports