When Barcelona signed Luis Suarez from Liverpool in 2014, on the back of his infamous biting incident at that summer’s World Cup and subsequent fourth-month ban, there were many questions raised as to whether his addition would prove successful alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi or whether it would upset the balance of the team.
However, Barcelona and Brazil striker Neymar believes that his partnership with Messi and Suarez has been an outstanding success and fully justifies his thoughts of always knowing it would be. With Suarez missing the first four months of the season, on his return to action he struck up a deadly trio with Neymar and Messi and duly silenced all of the doubters. By the end of the season, the three of them had scored a record 122 goals in all competitions to lead Barcelona to a Champions League, La Liga and Copa Del Rey treble.
“Some said we wouldn’t get along well, but I knew they were wrong. I think we surprised everyone. Before I came to Barcelona, they said I would be fighting with Leo and with other players as well,” Neymar told the Barcelona website.
Neymar went on to add: “I knew that was not going to happen because those sort of things don’t affect me. Messi has helped me a lot since I joined Barcelona. We have a friendship both on and off the pitch with Suarez. We are really happy with how things are going on the pitch.”
After the unprecedented success of last season, Barcelona have failed to re-discover such form this time around as they currently lie fourth in La Liga, whilst they were also beaten by Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup at the start of the season. With Lionel Messi being ruled out for some time with injury, it will now be down to Neymar and Suarez to strike up a partnership rather than being part of a trio.
With Neymar now bearing more responsibility through Messi’s absence, his current Football INDEX price of £3.08 could well be a steal considering the goal-scoring boots of Messi he is due to fill for the next couple of months and ultimately becoming the lead man in Barcelona’s attack.