Neymar scored twice and Messi and Suarez each scored once as Barcelona put on another tantalizing display of soccer in its 4-0 win over Real
Sociedad. That came on the heels of a 6-1 victory over Roma in the UEFA Champions League.
The goals gave Messi 44 goals, Neymar 41 and Suarez 40 for a total of 125 goals by the trio in all competitions in 2015. That's the same total as Europe's highest-scoring team, Bayern Munich.
Just three times previously has one team produced the top three finishers in the voting for the Ballon d'Or. AC Milan did it in 1988 and 1989 when Marco van Basten was the winner. Ruud Gullit was second in 1988 and Franco Baresi was the runner-up the next year, while Frank Rijkaard took third both years. In 2010, Messi finished ahead of Barcelona teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
It's hard not to include Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a personal-best 48 La Liga goals in 2014-15 to win his third Pichichi trophy and he scored 61 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid. He has been a model of consistency, the first player in the history of Spanish soccer to score 50 or more goals for five straight seasons. CR7 hasn't been too shabby in 2015-16, either. He has scored 19 goals in 20 games for Real Madrid. But after capturing four trophies with Real Madrid in 2014 -- all but the La Liga and Copa del Rey titles -- he finished in the 2014-15 campaign winless.
But would Barcelona have dominated with Messi and Neymar alone? Perhaps. But Suarez, signed from Liverpool, was a key figure in the Catalan clubs' treble march, scoring key goals on all three fronts. Suarez scored the winning goal in the 2–1 victory over Real Madrid that effectively decided La Liga season. "That is why we signed him," said Barca coach Luis Enrique. "He can decide games."
This fall, Suarez's value was even more evident as the Uruguayan helped carry Barca while Messi was sidelined with a knee injury.
"Luis Suarez brings us a lot," Luis Enrique said after a Suarez hat trick gave Barca a 3-1 win over Eibar a month ago. "What he gives you is priceless and unquestionable. He has that power in the area and is irreplaceable."
Neymar, for one, would have liked Suarez on the podium with Messi and him.
"I think I do deserve to be [among the finalists] for what I'm doing," he said. "I would be happy if the trident [Messi, Suarez, Neymar] were all in the three. Thanks to the history we are making and because of what we have conquered, all three of us should be there."