Quotes on: Messi, Suarez, and Neymar

Here are some quotes on arguably the greatest front-line in the history of the game. For the internet’s largest collection of quotes on Lionel Messi, click here!

To read what team-mates and managers from Luis Suarez’s time at Liverpool and Barcelona have said about the Uruguayan marksman, click here!

Also, click here for a thorough and growing collection of fantastic quotes on the third spear in the MSN trident, Neymar!


“I don’t know how they (Barcelona) plan to play free-flowing attacking football with Messi, Neymar and Suarez in one team. They are all players who rely on their individual actions. In signing him [Suarez], the club are showing a preference for individual genius over a team that plays great football. The style of play they developed under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola is being abandoned.”
Johan Cruyff
(in July 2014)

 “Suarez will not be having any problems with Messi and Neymar. The initial problem appeared to be between Messi and Neymar, but they have shown this season that there is no jealousy between them. Messi has been scoring goals and has also given Neymar plenty of assists. The same thing will be happening with Luis Suarez because of his style of play. Suarez will realise that he needs Messi and Neymar.”
– Luis Suarez Miramontes
(at the start of the 2014/15 season)

“Me being the reference point inside the area is going to benefit the team a lot. I’m not saying I’ll play as a typical No 9 but because of the natural movements of Leo and Neymar, that is the space I will often end up occupying. People say it will resemble the (Samuel) Eto’o, Messi, (Thierry) Henry forward line. That could be true.”
– Luis Suarez
(at the start of the 2014-15 season)

“They (Messi and Neymar) are the top two players in the world. You know you will get chances to score playing alongside them.”
Luis Suarez

“The relationship is exemplary. [ . . . ] I enjoy playing with them, the form of the team, it’s a privilege. The good relationship means a lot because no one believes they are superior to anyone.”
– Luis Suarez

“They get on as well off the pitch as they do on it.”
– Luis Enrique

“For Barcelona I think so. I would even say in the history of football because to get players together of this level with their individual ability, to get that many goals and support each other in this way, it has never happened on any other team in recent history. I don’t know everything about the history of football but I would say yes [they are the best ever].”
– Luis Enrique
(about whether Messi, Suarez, and Neymar are the greatest attacking trio ever)

“What do I say to Messi, Suarez and Neymar? Abracadabra! And then the magic sparks. That’s all I say.”
– Luis Enrique

“The three up front can spot gaps where there don’t seem to be any. That’s why they’re so great.”
– Luis Enrique

“It’s the best trio I have seen. To say we will see nothing like it again, you never know. The most surprising thing is that they complement each other so well and each one of them brings us something different. That they get on so well and don’t let egos get in the way is not easy, it’s not easy to share the limelight the way they do. They do it naturally and modestly. They mark the way forward for the team. If the stars get on so well then it is up to the rest to follow that example.”
– Javier Mascherano

“You notice the vibe between them on the pitch. Egos are an important issue, and it’s not something we see with these three. They manage their egos really well for the benefit of the team.”
– Javier Mascherano

“They are the three best in the world. Together they are incredible. The goals they score, the way they play. What they do on the pitch they do in training as well. For us it’s amazing. If you play against the best, you will only get better. You have to improve. We’re lucky we can see them every day in training; what they do is special. We’re lucky we can see it. You have to wait until it’s on the TV, but we can see it every day.”
– Thomas Vermaelen

“The most difficult front that I had to face are [Lionel] Messi, Suarez and Neymar.”
– Diego Alves

“Messi, Suarez and Neymar are the best trident in history. In the good times, but also in bad moments, they help each other. That is something unusual in the world of football.”
– Juliano Belletti

“This is the best moment of my career so far. I am very happy with Leo [Messi] and Luis [Suarez]. They help me and I help them.”

“I believe that this attack with Messi and Suarez is the best I’ve played in. They are two superstars and we get along very well on and off the pitch. So everything comes together to make it work. Even though we have a very strong rivalry on the national teams – Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay – we get along really well. I’m really proud to be part of this trident and proud that we are making soccer history. We don’t want to stop now, we want to keep writing history.”
– Neymar

“For me it’s a great honour to form part of this forward line and to make history with them. I am a big fan of them (Messi and Suarez) as players and even more so as people.”
– Neymar

“It’s amazing how they’ve worked it out. Suarez looked a bit of a square peg in a round hole when he first arrived. He was playing on the right side of attack.

“Messi was still the centre-forward and didn’t look at home. I think we used the excuse, or the reasoning, that Suarez hadn’t played until October in that first season so he was a little bit rusty, but I think it was more the positional change.

“Eventually, we’re led to believe the three of them got together, particularly Messi and Suarez, and suggested Suarez play as the focal point in attack and that’s allowed Messi to drift around to get on the ball.

 “Whether he goes right, left or drops deep, in the past when Messi wanted to roam around as the false nine, Barca lacked a centre-forward. It was left to a central midfield player to get there and to be the striker. The way they’ve worked it out is quite remarkable.”
– Terry Gibson
(Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert)

“It’s true that Suarez and Neymar are doing very well but clearly Barca with Messi are something else. Messi brings goals, quality… He brings everything! He brings  enthusiasm to his team-mates, who know that they have by their side a player capable of unlocking any game at any moment. It’s obviously better to play a Barca without him. Messi’s presence will only relegate Neymar and Suarez to the background in terms of media coverage, because on the field they do certainly not reside in the background. They had an extraordinary finish to last season, finding a special chemistry that allowed Barcelona to win everything. I don’t see them suffering with Messi, neither Neymar nor Suarez.”
– Carlo Ancelotti
(speaking about Messi’s return to the team following injury during the 2015/16 season)

“Their (Barcelona’s) attack right now is amazing. Their attack was already very powerful with Messi, but it is unrivalled with Suarez and Neymar alongside him.”
– Ronald Koeman

“To say that Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are the best strike force in the world is a subjective judgment that may be discussed at length, but what is objective and unquestionable is the performance of the three forwards, who combine so well on and off the pitch.”
– Marca English


“One of the reasons why the ‘Culés’ are doing so well is the level of understanding that exists between their trio up in attack. Messi, Neymar and Suárez are a true clique, forming a lethal hunting pack in which the good of the group is far more important than the individual. Keeping check on the egos of these three musketeers is by no means easy, but the players themselves, with the help of the coaching staff, manage to do just that.”
– Marca English

“Just 14 months after their first match together, the Barcelona front three are already making the football world carefully consider if any other attack throughout the ages could trump them. What remains crystal clear is that they are head and shoulders above all other attacking combinations in the game at present. The inherent understanding between all three players is simply staggering. [ . . . ] Only time will tell if the MSN manage to achieve even more dazzling success in 2016 and further cement their place in history as one of the greatest attacking trios of all time, if not the best.”
– Marca English

“The deadly trio do as they please, whenever they feel like it.”
– Marca English

“They are the best three in the history of football when you are talking about forwards. You see them playing, they are always happy, they are not selfish when they have to score. When one wins the penalty, another one takes it. It is very difficult to find that in a striker because normally strikers are selfish because they want to score and you see Messi, probably the best player in the history of football, and he knows that Suarez can fight for the Golden Boot  ‘okay go for it, get the penalty’ – it is very weird to find that.”
– Luis Garcia

“I have never seen a trio like it. Being a footballer always goes hand in hand with a certain amount of egotism, but those three really do have a special relationship. They get on superbly. There’s no hint of jealousy and that shows on the pitch.”
– Gerard Pique

“Neymar is the best one-on-one. He is unstoppable. You have Leo Messi who is the most complete player in the world—he can attack, defend, he can head the ball even though he is small. And then you have Luis Suarez and his first touch in the box is fantastic.”
– Gerard Pique

“Secret of MSN? Friendship and modesty. Leo and Luis are great friends, I hope to play with them for a long time, there are no egos.”

“Between them, they’re always looking to score; the objective is to make sure everyone’s happy. The three of them look to score right up until the final whistle [ . . . ].”
– Dani Alves

“Although they’re different characters, there’s pure harmony between them on the pitch. It may sound like an exaggeration, but I tell you: Messi, Suárez and Neymar are the best of friends, and possibly the best friends in football history.”
– Ivan Rakitic

“We’re really happy to have those three in our squad. I wouldn’t say they never rest and play every game, but they don’t like to rest. They are like children playing football. They wouldn’t like it much. It would be like taking the ball away from them. They make us a different team and make us better.”
– Ivan Rakitic

“The presence of Suarez and Neymar – in his second season – has helped him (Messi). He has the support of the entire team. [ . . . ] The attacking potential of Suarez is an added plus for Barca – and for Lionel – this season and his aggression, along with that of [ . . . ] Neymar, allows Messi to take advantage of that sacrifice from his team-mates.”
– Diego Simeone

“Signing Suarez has strengthened things and the beautiful thing about them is there’s no jealously between their front men. They have a healthy, happy relationship and for those of us who love football, that’s a wonderful thing. Barca are the best team in the world and those three forwards show a remarkable amount complicity, something that is rare to see. Usually jealously exists among players, egos getting in the way of each other, but it’s the complete opposite there.”
– Diego Simeone

“Fifa must intervene. The friendship between Leo, Neymar and Suarez is the worst thing that has happened to football. Leo alone can win a game. If, in addition, he empowers Suarez and Neymar, that is invaluable. They should ban it.”
– Jorge Sampaoli

“It’s incredible camaraderie. I believe that apart from the individual talent the three have, they have a good understand and cohesion. They have a great solidarity.

“I have seen that Cristiano Ronaldo said that Messi passed the ball to Suarez at a penalty last week because he wanted him to be the top goal-scorer. When you see someone like Messi, who could score his 300th goal, give the ball to Suarez when he had the opportunity to score goal 300 that means there’s really something in there.

“It looks like it is fun for them [MSN] to play together. But honestly, it is fun to play football, don’t forget that. They don’t look like they’re playing under any pressure because they know at the moment it’s easy for them.”
– Arsene Wenger

“[ . . . ] the best strikers I’ve seen. The three together are absolutely exceptional — they can create a chance from nothing. [ . . . ] anyone of the three up front can score an exceptional goal. [ . . . ] You must in our sport admire art — and they have two or three players who transform normal life into art.”
– Arsene Wenger

“They are very special players. I had the great fortune to work with one of them and Luis (Suarez) was at his top level. It’s a front three that can occupy as many players as you want. We had five in the back line but their movement, speed and touch can make it very difficult for you. They are world class players and showed it tonight.”
– Brendan Rodgers
(after Barcelona beat Celtic 7-0 in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League)

“I’ve never seen a trio like [Messi, Suarez and Neymar], no bones about it. The humility with which Messi has welcomed Suarez and Neymar into the team has been central to it. The three have shown an appreciation that by leaving their egos to one side they can go on and achieve great things. In adapting they’ve showed that they are intelligent human beings.”
– Luis Suarez Miramontes

“The best side I’ve ever seen was Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. The fact we’re now talking about Luis Enrique’s team being at the same level – or even some people think they’ve surpassed them – is because of that front three. What we’re now talking about is this team could be better. They haven’t got Puyol at the back or Xavi in midfield – it’s about the front three. Pep’s team had David Villa and Pedro on the wings and Messi through the middle. These two [Suarez and Neymar] in some people’s eyes have taken Barcelona to the next level.”
– Jamie Carragher

“Neymar, Luis Suarez and Messi are amazing. We (Barcelona) do not need much preparation – these three are able to create attacks on their own. We have the best attack in the world, I think it is the best forward line in history.”

“I have been lucky to play behind some of the greatest strikers at this club and in the world. Having those three (Messi, Suarez, and Neymar), there’s no doubt, it’s something you can’t compare with. So, I think at this current moment we have the best strikers in the world. I think the future can only get better because they’re relatively young with plenty of potential. The real winners are Barca. I played with [Thierry] Henry, [Samuel] Eto’o – great strikers – but let’s say right now the threesome we have now are unique.”
Andres Iniesta

“Without belittling Henry and Eto’o, for me Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are the three best players I’ve ever seen.”
– Andres Iniesta

“We have Iniesta, Pique, Busquets who are all great players but to have been able to bring together three players like Messi, Neymar and Suarez is something unique. I have never seen players before of that quality that combine together so well. We have the best trident in the history of football for sure. When you see the players you see success but behind that is a lot of work and effort.”
– Josep Maria Bartomeu

“I think in the whole life of our club, maybe in the whole of world football, we haven’t joined three players of this quality.”
– Josep Maria Bartomeu

“The trident is fantastic because they play as a team and suit each other perfectly.”
– Zico

“Without a doubt, it’s the best trident in Barca’s history. It’s undoubtedly the best. The numbers speak for themselves. You only have to analyse them: they’re brutal, individually and collectively.”
– David Villa



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