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Is friendship the secret ingredient behind the success of Barcelona’s MSN?

Milos Markovic in Editorial, La Liga 20 Feb 2016

The best attacking trio ever? /Image via

The best attacking trio ever? /Image via

Football community has been in utter awe of Barcelona’s magnificent trio – Luis Suarez, Lionell Messi and Neymar – this season.

Having won their last seven La Liga matches on the bounce, Barcelona have managed to go six points clear ahead of Atletico Madrid and look locked on the course for another domestic title.

The Numbers

The Calatan giants have scored incredible 18 goals in last five matches in all competitions and, once again, their success is very much credited to fantastic understanding and cooperation between the Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil star.

What is more, Messi, Suarez and Neymar have scored 34 goals in the last 13 Barcelona fixtures, helping the team win 12 in a row when at least one member of the trident was on the pitch.

Together the MSN trio has scored more than all other La Liga teams (65) with the exception of Real Madrid and have helped Luis Suarez become the league’s top scorer with 24 up to this point. The Uruguay striker is standing at 7/10 to get on the scoresheet anytime against Las Palmas this afternoon as well.

In addition, Barcelona’s trio have so far netted the incredible 89 goals across all competitions and are on the road to break the record of 122 they set up last year.

The Secret

Having only played together for a season and a half so far, MSN have developed the chemistry so strong and powerful that has been rarely seen ever before.

Dubbed the best attacking trident in football’s history, Suarez, Messi and Neymar seemingly owe it all to their close friendship.

The close bond these three have developed between them will leave no Barcelona teammate in jeopardy as their positive attitude towards each other pours over to everyone around them inducing harmony in the entire squad.

The closest of friends on and off the pitch according to their own teammates, Suarez, Messi and Neymar reportedly owe their impeccable form to their fantastic rapport.

The Impact

As Barcelona fans are enjoying their three fantastic players, not everyone has been impressed by their friendship.

Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, claims that friendship is not the essential prerequisite for footballers to be successful on the pitch together, claiming that it is only important that teammates understand each other on the field.

Often branded arrogant, the Portuguese star has so far shared a completely different relationship with some of his teammates, and with Benzema and Gareth Bale in particular.

The BBC trio have so far scored 53 of Real Madrid’s 70 La Liga goals but have been living in the shadow of Barcelona’s MSN for the past two seasons.

The Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema attacking line dominated the 2013-14 season when they helped Real Madrid win the club’s famous 10th Champions League title.

However, ever since Gareth Bale’s arrival to Santiago Bernabeu and the Welshman being touted as the ‘successor’ of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese has been giving the former Tottenham winger the hard treatment on the pitch.

As Cristiano, Bale and Benzema failed to develop the intimate, close bond which is so evident with their Barcelona counterparts, many would indeed argue that friendship does play an important role in football.

Honest Entertainment

The Cruyff penalty routine against Celta Vigo has only been the last indicator of fantastic relationship between the three key men, as the MSN trio sent a clear message to the world.

As corporate aspect of the game is slowly taking centre stage, contemporary football is starting to lose its core purpose – to offer pure entertainment.

Football is meant to be fun, exciting and amusing and that is exactly what Suarez, Messi and Neymar are trying to bring back to the game.

Taking their Cruyff routine as disrespectful is simply wrong.

There is nothing disrespectful in the way honest entertainers such as the MSN trio are performing for Barcelona, unlike the BBC trio who are there to get the job done and earn their pay checks fair and square.

Blaugrana trident, on the other hand, aim to offer some amusement and joy in the process.


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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