Records and Statistics can’t lie and what the insights from the season so far show is that Lionel Messi has been without any help outperforming one of the most dreaded attacking trios in world football.
Messi has scored 14 goals and registered three assists in 11 games in all competition so far this season for the Catalan side, in what is his best-ever start to a season.
It creates the impression that Messi isn’t missing Neymar a lot after the Brazilian’s €222m move to PSG in the summer transfer window, with the Argentinian maybe indicating why Neymar was ‘in his shadow’ amid his time at the Camp Nou.
While Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have suffered niggling injury issues and Cristiano Ronaldo spent a significant period suspended, that does not change the fact that their performances when fit and available have not pulled up any trees.
Messi, as had to do without Neymar and has played alongside the out-of-form Luis Suarez, who has also been playing through injury as of late.
In spite of this, Messi has still overseen 11 goals in La Liga, and another two more in the Champions League and one in Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup loss to Real Madrid.
The return of the ‘BBC’ is considerably less amazing, with Ronaldo, Bale, and Benzema having overseen only nine goals and six assists between them in all competition so far this season.
Of those nine goals, Ronaldo has contributed by a wide margin the most with five four in the Champions League and one in the Spanish Super Cup, Bale lines him up with three, with Benzema trailing both with only one goal to his name.