Neymar and Messi are both scoring freely / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Leo Messi and  Neymar Jr have made a great start to 2015 with the Argentinean bagging nine goals so far, one more than his Brazilian striking partner. With the able support of Luis Suarez and the rest of the squad’s strike force, Messi and Neymar have proved the most effective combination in Spanish football since the year began

It’s not just the number of goals that Messi and Neymar are scoring that makes such an impression, it’s the regularity with which the two have been banging them in together. In 12 of the 22 games that the two have played together this season, they have both made it onto the scoresheet  - most recently against Villarreal, Elche and Atlético Madrid.

Goals, goals and more goals

Leo Messi has now scored a total of 23 goals this season – a figure only bettered at this stage by the 40 he claimed in the 2012/13 campaign – and is the league’s second highest scorer with 22 goals, six behind Cristiano Ronaldo and the Champions League’s second highest with eight, one behind Shaktar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano.

In his 26 games played, Neymar has scored 22 goals so far this campaign, beating last season’s total of 15 in 41 games and with 15 league goals he sits in third spot in the goalscorer’s table.

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[[BOTOGRIS::Info sheet of Leo Messi++::http://www.fcbarcelona.com/football/first-team/staff/players/messi::HOR::NF::NO-TRACKING::::::]]