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Neymar, Suárez and Messi celebrate the victory in Berlin / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Messi, Neymar and Suárez have ended the season with a combined total of 122 goals, making them the highest scoring attacking threesome in Spanish football history. In a memorable campaign, in which the team won the domestic double and added the European crown to complete a magnificent treble, the trio of South Americans have wowed the world with what many are saying is the finest frontline ever to grace the game.

The Argentinian, Brazilian and Uruguayan strikers have particularly impressed because of the way they have consistently ignored individualism in order to work for the general good of the team. Of the 175 goals Barça scored this term, only 53 were not converted by the famous ‘trident’. The tally of 122 has dwarfed what was already an impressive enough haul of 100 for Messi, Eto’o and Henry in 2008/09 and also surpassed the all-time Spanish record of 118 goals achieved by the Real Madrid forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Higuain in 2011/12.

Messi’s brace and another from Neymar in the Cup Final against Athletic Bilbao were what finally broke Madrid’s record. They went on to add a further two in the Champions League Final against Juventus. Luis Suárez pounced on a rebound off Buffon to get the second (after Rakitic had opened the FCB account) and Neymar sentenced the game with his goal in the very last minute.

Messi tops list

With 58 goals (43 in La Liga, 10 in the Champions League and 5 in the Cup), Messi was once again Barça’s top scorer, usually playing in a new role on the right under Luis Enrique, where his amazing dribbling runs have menaced defenders both at home and abroad. The way he rounded Balenziaga and three other players on his way to scoring in the Cup Final was simply staggering, and leaving Boateng on the floor and then chipping Neuer in the UCL semi-final against Bayern Munich were other reminders of how the Argentinian has not lost any of his magic.

Vast improvement for Neymar

Neymar Jr finished his first season trophy-less and struggled to reproduce his goalscoring form displayed at Santos. But all that has changed this year. He’s scored 39 goals (22 in La Liga, 10 in the Champions League and 7 in the Cup), and is now fully settled on the left-hand side of the Barça attack. His most decisive goals have included the one against Atlético Madrid in the cup and against PSG in the Champions League quarter finals.

Luis Suárez quick to adapt

The Uruguayan was not able to play until October 25, but since his debut he has been able to show why he was precisely the centre forward that the team was looking for. After a slow start, he’s learned to fit into the team and ended up contributing a fine tally of 25 goals (16 in La Liga, 7 in the Champions League and 2 in the cup). His scorcher against Real Madrid and the second of the night against Juventus last Saturday have been particularly important.

 

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