Neymar jr’s imminent departure from Barcelona signals the end of MSN.

Neymar jr’s imminent departure from Barcelona signals the end of MSN.

Brazilian skillful attacker, Neymar jr alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, he formed part of what is considered by many to be the greatest strike-force in football history.

In the calendar year 2015 and most of 2016, the trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez produced mesmerising performances which would have graced any era.

They clinched a Treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in their first campaign together.


Messi hit an incredible 58 goals, with Neymar notching 39 and Suarez hit 25 — 122 in total — and the trio contributed 66 assists.

The former two finished first and third respectively in that year’s Ballon d’Or standings.

In the second season, they retained La Liga and the Copa del Rey — adding Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup medals.

In their three years at the club, the ‘MSN’ (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) scored an incredible 364 goals in total

Neymar jr, Suarez, Messi

L-R (Neymar jr, Suarez, Messi)
Photograph:AFP

Such was Barcelona’s reliance on the trio, a mid-season goal drought as they ran out of steam led to a full-blown collapse — and elimination from the Champions League.

A nine-point lead at the summit became one and the title was only wrapped up on the final day of the season.

However, between them, they still netted a staggering 131 goals — which was more than any other entire team in Europe aside from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain — as well as 79 assists.

Suarez was the new top goal scorer with 59 goals as he won the European Golden Shoe, while Messi netted 41 and Neymar 31.

The 2016-17 saw a more inconsistent 12 months, which wasn’t without its memorable moments, however the MSN (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) contributed 111 goals to the Catalan club’s success.

Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Photograph: REUTERS

The Brazilian scored two and made one assist as they netted three times in the final seven minutes to complete the most remarkable comeback of all-time.

The trio contributed 111 goals as Messi hit 54 and won the European Golden Shoe.

Suarez scored 37 and Neymar 20 — with 66 assists between them all.

Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez won the Copa del Rey in every season

Yet, they finished the season with “just” a Copa del Rey.

In their three seasons together, they notched a total of 364 goals and contributed 211 assists.

But, despite their sensational numbers, they finished that period with fewer Champions League titles than Keylor Navas.

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