It’s no doubt that both Barcelona and Real Madrid boast a list of world-class players, but it’s the front three of either side that tend to steal all the headlines. They'll be important in El Clasico on Sunday, but which is the best?
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez
Lionel Messi, what more can we say about this phenomenon? He is always at the forefront of the Catalan club’s success, and is definitely Barcelona’s main asset in attack. He has wowed crowds all over Europe and will yet again be key if Barca are to maintain the number one spot in the league.
Neymar, on the other hand, has been in top form since the start of the season - scoring 26 goals in 35 games, as well as assisting eight. The 23-year-old displays great trickery, and his ability to beat his man with relative ease has delighted fans at Camp Nou.
The trio was completed when Suarez joined Barca at the start of the season, but with his lengthy ban due to his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, it was always going to be tough for the Uruguayan to find the form he displayed at Liverpool. However, after goalless streaks and spells on the bench, the 28-year-old’s recent form has helped Barcelona to the top of the league.
Together, the trio has scored 82 goals in all competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema
The Portuguese forward has been the face of Los Blancos since his arrival in 2009, and his goal-scoring records prove exactly why. He started this season off in tremendous form, and although his performances have dipped recently, it’s far too early to write the 30-year-old off.
Bale joined the Spanish giants at the start of last season and was an immediate hit with the fans. The prospect of him joining up with Ronaldo and Benzema was mouth-watering, and he got his career in Spain off to a flyer. The Welshman possesses great pace, and has arguably one of the best left-foots in the game.
The Frenchman is probably the least talked about of the trio, but it’s hard to understand why. Benzema often stays under the radar, but he is the perfect forward for Real Madrid. Other than his finishing ability, Benzema is an incredibly hard worker and creates space for his teammates to operate in.
Together, the trio has scored 77 goals in all competitions.
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