Suárez, Neymar and Messi in an iconic photograph

Suárez, Neymar and Messi celebrating the third goal against Atlético : PHOTO: CORDON PRESS
In the league game against Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou, Suárez, Neymar and Messi were the stars of the photo for the history books

A forward line with impressive numbers

Between the three strikers, 55 goals have been shared out in all competitions this season. Messi has 31, Neymar 19 and Suárez, who also has 6 assists, has scored 5 times.

[[DES_1]]It was the 86th minute of the league game against Atlético Madrid on 11 January when Messi picked the ball up inside the area, controlling the ball as he lifted himself off the ground and then he fired home with his left foot to make it 3-1. The goal celebration produced a picture for the history books: Luis Suárez, Neymar and Messi, the three stars up front and the three goalscorers in that particular game, running arm in arm towards the main stand at Camp Nou in celebration of the goal that sealed victory.

Global impact

From the minute it came out, the photograph went around the world. Three of the best strikers in the world sharing a defining moment in the game: a goal. The figures on Barça’s social networks show the impact of this particular celebration. The photograph on the Club’s official Instagram side received 342,000 likes; on Facebook more than 1.2 million, and on Twitter it received more then 3,600 from the Club’s global account.

In addition, the image of the three strikers made the front age of several leading international newspapers such as France’s ‘L’Équipe’ and ‘Gazzeta dello Sport’ in Italy. It also appeared in various digital editions of publications around the world from the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, ‘Sportal’ in Bulgaria, ‘Record’ in Portugal, ‘Al Jazeera’ (Arab countries) and ‘Milenio’ in Mexico amongst many others.

Neymar feeling better than ever at FC Barcelona

Neymar cheerfully answered the media's questions at today's conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
The striker feels that he has developed in his time at the club and that there is still a lot left for him to do

Nobody for sale

The vice-president for economy, Javier Faus, who also spoke at the conference, refused to discuss a possible extension of Neymar’s contract, saying that it was not his position to issue statements in that regard. But he did make it clear that “no Barça stars are up for sale.”

[[DES_1]]He has scored 19 goals in 24 games and is feeling more comfortable than ever at FC Barcelona. Speaking at today’s presentation of the Baruel agreement, Brazilian striker Neymar said that “this is my best moment at Barça. I am getting better all the time but there is still a lot left for me to do here. I want titles and many other things … I am very happy with my season and hope to continue like this.”

“I feel important here” he continued. “I think all players need to feel that way. When you score you feel much better with yourself. This is my second season here and I feel great both on and off the pitch.”

He also admits that took him some time to settle in at his new club. “I had to learn about everything in my first season. A new language, a new country, a new culture … In a year and a half I have matured both personally and professionally. I have learned from the players around me and it is a pleasure to be able to train with them”.[[CITA_1]]
Neymar has developed a wonderful understanding with Argentinian team-mate Leo Messi. “We are feeling better and better together” he explained. “If you have a good relationship off the field then you have a good relationship on it. It’s much easier playing next to the best players in the world.”

So, is the Messi/Suárez/Neymar ‘trident’ the best in the world? The Brazilian was far too modest to answer a question like that, but did wink that “we so seem to be causing a lot of problems for opposing defences!”

And does he have any words of advice for Luis Suárez, who perhaps hasn’t quite managed to reproduce the same kind of goalscoring form as he did at Liverpool? “Me give advice to him?” he laughed. “He’s older and more experienced than I am There is nothing I need to say to help him! He’s doing fine for us, scoring goals and making important passes. He’ll help us to win titles.”

I have matured both personally and professionally

Mathieu joins session

Mathieu is still awaiting clearance to play, but is training normally / PHOTO: FCB Archive
The team returned to training on Monday morning after having Sunday off

The FC Barcelona first team gathered at 11.00am (CET) on Monday morning on pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva training ground to get back to work after having Sunday off. Although he has yet to be declared fully fit, Mathieu was able to train normally after doing specific exercises on Friday. Douglas, however, continued to work out on his own.

Luis Enrique also called on the services of Diagné and Halilovic of Barça B.

The team will train at the same time on Tuesday, after which Luis Enrique will give a press conference that you can watch with an English translation on this website. That will be the final session before the first team travels to the Vicente Calderón for their Spanish Cup second leg, which kicks off on Wednesday night at 9.00pm (CET).

The week ahead:

Tuesday 27

11.00am (CET): Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, followed by Luis Enrique press conference (12.30 approx, live streaming on www.fcbarcelona.com)

Wednesday 28

9.00pm (CET): Spanish Cup quarter-final return leg at the Vicente Calderón. Atlético de Madrid v FC Barcelona

Thursday 29

Day off

Friday 30

11.00am (CET): Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Saturday 31

11.00am (CET): Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Sunday 1

9.00pm (CET): FC Barcelona v Villarreal at Camp Nou. Week 21 of La Liga.

The other side of Barça's 6–0 victory at Elche

Neymar's double helped Barça cruise to victory over Elche. /  PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Behind the 6–0 rout at Elche

Don’t miss the other side of FC Barcelona’s 6–0 victory at Elche.

Decisive week ahead with Spanish Cup quarter-final clash

Barça facing a crucial set of games this week. / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Barça face a week with two challenging matches—the return leg of the Spanish Cup at Atlético Madrid comes before hosting Villarreal in La Liga

FC Barcelona will begin a week of training on Monday to begin preparing for Wednesday’s Spanish Cup quarter-final return leg against Atlético Madrid at the Calderón at 9.00pm (CET). Barca will head to the Spanish capital with the advantage after last week’s first leg 1-0 victory at Camp Nou.

Then at the weekend, Barça will be back at Camp Nou for a La Liga clash versus Villarreal on Sunday at 9.00pm (CET).

The week ahead:

Monday 26

11.00am (CET): Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Tuesday 27

11.00am (CET): Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Wednesday 28

9.00pm (CET): Spanish Cup quarter-final return leg at the Vicente Calderón. Atlético de Madrid v FC Barcelona

Thursday 29

Day off

Friday 30

11.00am (CET): Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Saturday 31

11.00am (CET): Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Sunday 1

9.00pm (CET): FC Barcelona v Villarreal at Camp Nou. Week 21 of La Liga.

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