Uruguay legend Diego Forlan says that Lionel Messi remains Barcelona’s most important player, arguing that, while his compatriot Luis Suarez is “great”, the Argentine is still “the best” in the world.
Suarez has gone from strength to strength since joining the Catalan club from Liverpool in 2014, playing a key role in last year’s treble triumph before then firing Luis Enrique’s men to another league title with a staggering 14 goals in the final five rounds of 2015-16.
In total, the striker scored 40 times in Spain’s top flight last term, a feat which saw him become the first man other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi to win the European Golden Shoe outright since Forlan in 2009.
However, the 37-year-old striker says that Messi, who has netted more goals than anyone else in 2016, remains the game’s greatest talent.
Indeed, when it came to naming his top three players in the world ahead of the publication of this year’s Goal .com 50, Forlan replied: “Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. Luis is a great player but I think Messi is the best.
“But, at the end of the day, football is a team sport. Last season, when they missed one of the two, you could clearly see that Barcelona weren’t the same team.”
Forlan played alongside Suarez at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, with the former Manchester United man winning the player of the tournament award in South Africa after bagging five goals during Uruguay’s run to the semi-finals.