After the controversial and surprising departure Neymar from Barcelona in 2017 to PSG, the team found it hard replacing the Brazilian as his replacements, Coutinho and Dembele did not meet up to expectation but the signing of Antoinne Griezmann seems to be the perfect replacement that Barcelona has been looking for as his combination with Messi and Suarez is beginning to pay off.
Griezmann signed for Barcelona from fellow league rival club, Atletico Madrid for a record 120m Euro in the summer. The Frenchman’s signing was met with lots of skepticism from Barcelona fans with many believing that Griezmann with also be a flop at the club just like Coutinho and Dembele.
However, the opinion seems to be wrong as Griezmann is gradually proving to be an integral part of the team and a player that has come to stay for good.
Another good and important thing is, the 28 year old striker is gradually blending perfectly well with Barcelona front two, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and the trio combination is becoming of one of the deadliest in European football.
Recall that MSN, Messi Suarez and Neymar were regarded as one of the deadliest trios in football history when they played together, before Neymar left for Paris Saint Germaine. The MSN scored 364 goals in 450 games, winning 5 trophies in a season. The Spanish League, Spanish Cup, UEFA Champions League, Super Cup and the World Club Cup.
There is no gain saying that Barcelona is yet to dominate the world of football like before after Neymar’s departure which has adversely affected the team’s performance in Europe and the over-reliance on Messi increased.
However, new hopes seem to be rising in the Barcelona squad with the fine form that Griezmann is gradually getting into and how well he is gelling with Messi and Suarez.
For a striker to thrive at Barcelona, he must blend perfectly well with Suarez and Messi. With the trend taking place in the Barcelona front three, Griezmann is indeed taking the right step in the right direction and forming a new deadly combination, MSG (Messi, Suarez and Griezmann).
The trident is also the highest goal scorers in the Spanish League this season and still counting. In all competitions this season, the trio has scored 30 goals and 16 assists. Messi scored 13 goals and 6 assists, Suarez netted 10 goals coupled with 6 assists, while Griezmann has 7 goals and 4 assists.
At the beginning of the season, it was rumored that Messi was not in support of the signing of Griezmann by the board and it was reported that Messi did not rapport with the Frenchman when he arrived both on and off the field but the rumor seems to have stopped as both players continue to bring out the best in one another.
Barcelona fans across the world will look forward to a more productive 2020 from the team and the MSG in particular.