Luis Suárez Scores 4 Goals, Assists on 3 More As Barcelona Storms Back


With both Lionel Messi and Neymar struggling to score over the past month, Barcelona needed a boost if they wanted to keep their La Liga title hopes alive.

Enter Luis Suárez.

The Uruguayan star broke Barca out of their recent funk with a Herculean performance against Deportivo, playing a part in seven of the eight goals scored in the 8-0 victory. Suárez scored four on his own to snap a recent personal drought—scoring just twice over the past five matches—and added three assists to get his club moving in the right direction:

Suárez completely dominated Deportivo, scoring four of the first five goals of the match before helping set up Neymar and Messi later in the game:

Suárez has been having a dominant run for Barcelona. The forward now has the single-season club record with 49 goals, besting Ronaldo—no, not that Ronaldo—who had 47 back in the 1996-97 campaign.

Suarez has an argument that he has been the best player in the world this year—at least scoring-wise—as he has more goals than Messi, Neymar, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, and Cristiano Ronaldo. The barrage on Wednesday night gave Suarez 49 goals in 48 appearances for the club, which tied his career high from when he was with Ajax during the 2009-10 season.

The explosion by Suárez came at the perfect time for Barcelona. The club has been skidding into the back stretch of the season after winning just one of the past five matches—erasing their previous lead of nine points on the league table to zero. Barca still leads Atlético Madrid on goal differential, but through 34 matches both clubs have 79 points. 

With four games left on the schedule, Barcelona now has a clear path to the title. If Suarez keeps playing like this, the team may not even need Messi to earn the trophy.