Barcelona’s conquest over River Plate capped a dream 2015 for the ‘Azulgranas’. Luis Enrique’s men clinched a fifth trophy of the calendar year and his star-studded attacking trio once more delivered the goods on the big stage. It has been a spellbinding last 12 months for the MSN and there are few doubts, if any, about proclaiming them the top strike force in world football.
In fact, only one frontline can feasibly entertain any hope of challenging Barça’s three amigos when it comes to talent and killer instinct going forward. Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, aka the BBC, are a Real juggernaut who, even at the worst of times, manage to compile stats that are beyond most other teams’ wildest dreams.
The BBC have kept pace with and even surpassed their Barça counterparts at the beginning of this season, despite a difficult start to the campaign both individually and at club level. Aided by last weekend’s 10-2 thrashing of Rayo, Real Madrid’s trident have moved four ahead of the MSN in terms of La Liga and Champions League goals this term, although it is only fair to point out that the Catalans have played one fewer game because their meeting with Sporting was postponed due to their Club World Cup exploits.
Cristiano, with 23 goals, is once again leading the charge for ‘Los Blancos’. The Portuguese has cranked up the gears as of late and is once again averaging over a goal a game, a strike rate that Karim Benzema is also close to replicating, with his 15 goals in as many appearances. Bale, meanwhile, has pitched in with eight strikes for the trio who, admittedly, haven’t been at the races in the big matches.
Where Barça are concerned, Lionel Messi’s injury opened the door for Luis Suárez and Neymar to assume the scoring mantle, with 18 and 16 goals respectively between the two biggest competitions. As for the Argentine, he has struck eight times in spite of spending two months on the sidelines.