Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Is Suarez, Messi and Neymar a fantasy front three?

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez looks set to move to Barcelona and team up with Lionel Messi and Neymar

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez looks set to move to Barcelona and team up with Lionel Messi and Neymar

With Luis Suarez set to complete a big money move from Liverpool to Barcelona, the Spanish club will have three of the world’s best forwards in their team next season, as the Uruguayan striker is set to line-up alongside former Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi and Brazilian poster boy Neymar.


Of course on completion of Suarez’s move to Barcelona he will be unable to train or play for the Catalan giants as he serves his four-month football ban for biting Italian centre-back Giorgio Chiellini.

The 27-year-old missed the first five games of last season, but still managed to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer.

He will no doubt keep himself in good shape while he serves his football ban and comeback stronger for the rest.


If I was asked to pick to pick three players to form a front three, then those three would be very high in my thinking, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo of course. Barcelona having them in their team really is like fantasy football.

Pick three of the world’s best players and see the goals piling up, or that is the hope anyway. Neymar will take a while to recover from his broken vertebra and Suarez of course will have to serve his ban.

Playing Together

The problem for Barcelona is getting the talented threesome playing well together. Neymar’s debut season at the Nou Camp was regarded as a disappointment. The young Brazilian was too often in the shadow of Messi.

In fact he arguably played his best football for Barcelona when the little Argentinian was out of action injured. He struggled to adapt to the whole set-up at Barcelona.

At Barcelona it has been a similar story with a number of players. The biggest example of this was mercurial Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was supposed to be the player to perfectly compliment the skills of a certain Mr Messi.

However, after one season the Swede was sold and he still seems sore about his relationship with then Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. It just goes to show just because a player has talent it does not mean he is going to gel with another talented star.


Real Madrid attempted to conquer La Liga, European football and the world by attempting to have a star-studded team. However, signing ‘Galactico’s’ did not exactly work out great for the team from the Spanish capital. In fact I think it is fair to say the experiment failed.

Barcelona have not quite taken it to the extreme that Real did, but their new look strike-force all fit into the ‘Galactico’ mould.


Luis Suarez may have a tendency to take a nimble of opposition defenders, but most of the time he is an intelligent footballer and combines well with his teammates.

At Liverpool his movement and positional play created space for his teammates, which lead to the Reds becoming lethal in front of goal, especially last season when they scored 101 Premier League goals.

I think there is a good chance that he will be on the same wavelength as Lionel Messi, which could prove dangerous to opposition defences.


The prospect of watching Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar playing in one team is a mouth-watering one, but it will also be interesting to see the dynamic of the team and where the trio will play next season.

It is just a shame that Suarez will miss the first few months of the new season. I have no doubts that the Uruguayan will be a hit in Spanish football. He has the football intelligence to be able to combine with the other two superstars and hopefully it will be a dream threesome for Barcelona.

On paper it looks a dream forward line, but as history has told us with Ibrahimovic the idea of world-class players combining is not always as easy as it sounds.


Despite going into the final day of last season still in with a shout of securing the Spanish league title last season was considered rather disappointing for the Catalan club. Change was needed to re-invigorate the team.

A new boss in Luis Enrique has arrived and now a marquee signing is also set to arrive in Luis Suarez. The signing of Suarez is an exciting one for Barcelona fans and they needed that after a poor season by their standards.

For all his misdemeanour’s and poor traits, Suarez is a great footballer. He will work hard and score goals for the Catalan giants. The combination with Messi and Neymar is a potential deadly one and next season should be a very interesting one at the Nou Camp whatever happens.

Is Suarez, Messi and Neymar a fantasy front three?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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