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Luis Suárez's chart-topping season, by the numbers

Luis Suárez played a key part in the club's success with his 59 strikes / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Uruguayan hit 59 goals in all competitions; 42 of those were with his right foot while 13 were the game’s opening goal

With league and cup double wrapped up and celebrated, it is now time to look back at a key figure’s contribution to the said trophies.

Luis Suárez has played the season of his life, scoring 59 goals in all competitions which helped him earn both the European Golden Shoe and the Spanish league’s top scorer prize otherwise known as the Pichichi. Here is a closer look at the most fascinating figures of the Uruguayan over the last nine months:

  • Of his 40 strikes in the league, 30 were scored with his favoured right-foot, while the remaining ten were equally split between his left-boot and his head.


  • As well as being the league’s top marksman, he was also the player to score the most goals at home (23) and away (17).


  • Sporting Gijón keeper Iván Cuéllar was the striker’s favourite victim, with five goals in two games past the 31-year-old.

  • Athletic Club, Sporting and Valencia are the three clubs against which Suárez has scored five times against over the last campaign, while Eibar and Deportivo have conceded four against him.


  • His excellent relationship with strike partners Leo Messi and Neymar Jr is well-documented, and the fact that the aforementioned duo have each provided ten assists to the Uruguayan says a lot about their relationship. Dani Alves has laid on six while, from the other flank, Jordi Alba has set up five.

Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr celebrate / MIGUEL RUIZ – FCB


  • While others tire, Suárez remains sharp and alive. The 29-year-old has scored 41 of his 59 in the second half.


  • He’s not bad early on either. On 13 occasions, Barça’s no.9 has given his side the lead – eight times at the Camp Nou, four times away and once on neutral territory in the Club World Cup.


  • He has terrorised opposition defence, scoring six braces, a whopping five hat-tricks as well as even scoring four goals on two occasions. Some of those that stood out were his three strikes against Guangzhou, and his double at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid.

Luis Suárez celebrates his second at the Santiago Bernabéu / MIGUEL RUIZ – FCB


  • When Barça needed that last push to cross the finishing line after a tough spell, Suárez turned up. In the month of April, he was on the scoresheet a sensational eleven times, included back-to-back four-goal hauls against Sporting and Depor.

Jordi Alba, scorer of few but crucial goals

Jordi Alba celebrates Copa del Rey final at Vicente Calderón / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB
The flying full-back becomes hero in Copa del Rey final, and not for the first time

Football often throws up some unexpected storylines, and one of those came about in last Sunday’s Copa del Rey final between FC Barcelona and Sevilla.

Rather than one of the front three grabbing that crucial breakthrough in the tensest of finals, it was full-back Jordi Alba who got in behind the opposition defence to tuck away a goal in extra-time to send Barça on their way to the double.

With the game tied at 0-0 and with Barça down to ten men from early on after Javier Mascherano’s straight red, the Catalans had their speedy left-back to thank for a crucial strike.

But it was not the first time that Alba has come up trumps in the attacking end. It was the 27-year-old who also played a big assist to Suarez against Granada which set Barça on their way to a 3-0 win on the final day of the league season which sealed the Liga title.

Important goals

He rarely scores but, when he does, they tend to be decisive. Six out of his eight Barça goals have resulted in important wins, as listed below:

 

Season

Competition

Opponent

Venue

Result

Jordi Alba makes it

2012/13

Champions League

Celtic

Camp Nou

2-1

2-1

2012/13

Liga

Deportivo

Riazor

4-5

0-1

2012/13

Liga

Celta

Camp Nou

3-1

3-1

2012/13

Copa del Rey

Real Madrid

Camp Nou

1-3

1-3

2012/13

Champions League

Milan

Camp Nou

4-0

4-0 (completes turnaround)

2014/15

Copa del Rey

Elche

Camp Nou

5-0

4-0

2014/15

Liga

Almeria

Juegos Mediterráneos

 

1-2

2015/16

Copa del Rey

Sevilla

Vicente Calderón

2-1

1-0

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22 assists

As well as popping up with the odd goal, Alba has made no less than 22 assists across 21 games, and 20 of those ended in victory.

Leo Messi featured in newest issue of Sports Illustrated

Lionel Messi raises his arms in celebration following FC Barcelona's 2–0 victory in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday in Madrid. / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB
In ‘The World of Messi’, the prestigious American magazine, Sports Illustrated, gets up-close and personal with the FC Barcelona superstar

Sports Illustrated sat down with Leo Messi for an in-depth interview about the great Argentine’s life, from his humble beginnings in Rosario to becoming the best footballer on the planet.

With his mesmerising dribbling ability and ice-cold composure in front of goal, Leo Messi makes the beautiful game look simple, yet his journey to the top was anything but a walk in the park.

The video first looks at some of the difficulties which Messi and his family went through upon first moving to Barcelona.

“I came with the dream and the goal to make it to the top division,” said Messi. Nevertheless “it was a complicated time” for the youngster, who had to leave his friends and family back home.

Once Messi got settled however, his talent stood out from the crowd and eventually went on to claim a wealth of trophies, both for collectively and individually.

Reflecting on his first ever Ballon d’Or prize, Messi described it as “a joyous moment to be able to lift that trophy” of which he now owns five.

Despite those initial problems settling in the city, Messi is now happy to call Catalonia his home: “I grew up here, I made myself here. My life is in Barcelona. Barcelona gave me everything”.

With the upcoming Copa America set to be hosted in the United States, the video offers a largely stateside audience the chance to become better acquainted with the back story of the best player in the sport.

And after narrowly missing out on the trophy last year, losing to Chile on penalties in the final, Messi is more motivated than ever to help his country to the coveted title.

“The team was very close in the last World Cup and in the last Copa America, and I think we deserve an important title,” he concluded.

The four cups won in the 2015/16 season are now on display at the Museum

The La Liga trophy (left), and the Copa del Rey reach their new home in the Club Museum. / FCB
A new trophy case exclusively dedicated to the 2015/16 season holds the silverware from La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup

The FC Barcelona Museum just keeps filling up.

On Wednesday morning, the team’s four trophies achieved in the recently completed 2015/16 season arrived at their brand new abode.

After 10 months of play across six competitions, the final two pieces of this season’s trophy haul — the La Liga cup and the Copa del Rey trophy — were duly set down alongside the other two trophies Barça won this season: the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

To house all that shiny hardware, a new display case was created, dedicated solely to the achievements of the 2015/16 season. The case also houses a team shirt and the game ball from the Club World Cup final in Tokyo, signed by the players. These items are joined by a pair of screens giving visitors a look at the greatest moments of this highly successful season.

Behind the scenes: FC Barcelona's double-winning celebrations

Festa de celebració del doblet 2015/2016 al Camp Nou
A look inside the party that took place at Camp Nou after the team ended the campaign with a host of trophies

After winning a league and cup double in the space of just eight days, the FC Barcelona squad celebrated their success with the fans at Camp Nou on Monday in jubilant fashion.

The club’s cameras captured footage of the big day from behind the scenes, of which Dani Alves played a starring role as did the children of the players.

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