MSN – THE END… ● Messi, Suarez, Neymar ● The Greatest Football Trio
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar: The key stats behind trio firing Barcelona toward domestic and European glory this season
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have scored 113 goals this season
The Barcelona trio have fired their team to the brink of a remarkable treble
The trio’s link-up has been remarkable with plenty of goals shared about
Neymar, on a hat-trick on Tuesday, elected to pass to Messi instead
Suarez laid on both goals for Neymar against Bayern Munich on Tuesday
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By OLIVER TODD FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 14:28 BST, 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:18 BST, 13 May 2015
Having a place in next month’s Champions League final on Tuesday night, Barcelona – powered by the forward talents of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – are three games from a remarkable treble.
The Catalan club’s brilliant front-line have scored 113 goals between them this season and their link-up play has left Europe stunned on the way to the brink of the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey crowns.
Tuesday night in Munich brought two more goals for Neymar, another pair of assists for Suarez and the expected all-round mercurial brilliant of Messi.
Our graphic shows how Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have contributed to each other’s successes +7
Our graphic shows how Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have contributed to each other’s successes
Barcelona could be forced to let (from left) Lionel Messi, Neymar or Luis Suarez go if other top clubs come in +7
The Barcelona attacking trio celebrate after another brilliant showing against Bayern Munich on Tuesday
Messi celebrates with Suarez +7
Neymar and Messi hug +7
Messi has found two perfectly compatible and talented partners up front for the first time in his career
MESSI, SUAREZ AND NEYMAR: THE STATS BEHIND THEIR BRILLIANT SEASON
Goals per game: 1.10
Goals per game: 0.66
Goals per game: 0.93
But there was more than that, as all three showed their unselfish sides: Suarez with the two passes for the goals, Messi with the through-balls to open up the defence for both, and even Neymar for his late pass across goal when it maybe would have been easier to score and seal a hat-trick.
That came as a form of payback for Messi allowing Neymar to take a penalty when the Argentine was on a hat-trick against Cordoba earlier this month in another showing of selflessness.
Messi and Neymar are the first pair of team-mates to score nine or more goals each in one Champions League campaign, while Suarez – hampered by his early-season suspension – is not far behind on six.
After being joined by Suarez in the summer, Neymar and Messi have hit new heights this season +7
After being joined by Suarez in the summer, Neymar and Me