Barcelona defeated Sporting Gijon by 6:0, with another fantastic performance from Luis Suarez and it is him, not Messi, who is leading Barca to Primera title!
Luis Suarez became the first player in the history of Primera Division who scored four goals in two consecutive matches. After leading Barca to an impeccable 8:0 away victory against Deportivo La Coruna, with four goals and three assists, Suarez netted four goals in the next match also, against Sporting Gijon. However, he scored three out of four goals from penalty kicks, but nevertheless he was clearly the man of the match and continued his fantastic run.
Before these two matches, Barcelona was on a terrible run, they were kicked out of Champions League and suffered three consecutive defeats in Primera, which allowed Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to fully recover and find their way back into the title race. In the past month, the best attacking trio in the world currently, somebody would even say in the history of football, scored only three goals in between them, so it is pretty much clear why Barca lost ground in such a dramatic fashion.
Everybody expected a reaction from the trio and of course, the whole Barca team after their third consecutive defeat in the league. And it came alright – 14 goals scored, zero goals conceded in two consecutive matches is the message to Atletico and Real Madrid that Barca will hold the championship title in the end. But, that huge reaction was not led by Messi, the best footballer in the world for 2015. It was not led by Neymar, who is regarded as second best player in the world by many currently. It was led by Luis Suarez, whose energy and style of play was needed in these desperate times for Barcelona. And he fully delivered!
With these eight goals on his tally Suarez is now the leading goal scorer in Primera Division, with 34 goals, while Cristiano Ronaldo is now second with 31 goals. Lionel Messi is sitting on third place with 25 goals and this season will be probably the first in the last seven seasons that the Argentine star won’t lead Barca’s goal scoring list. Also, this can be the first season after seven years that Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi failed to win the trophy for the best goal scorer in Primera.
Of course, Messi won’t mind losing that trophy if Barcelona ends up retaining their crown in Spain. With Luis Suarez in such spectacular form, that shouldn’t happen. On the other hand, Barca mustn’t lose a single point until the end of the season, since Atletico or Real Madrid will take advantage of that almost certainly, so we will witness one of the most nail-biting races for the title until the last round.