Barcelona: Players to Watch

by AT&T Digital Media Productions

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Superstar Lionel Messi continues his dominance as the ultimate collaborator on the pitch, being named the IFFHS’ World's Best Playmaker in 2017 for the third straight year. Messi leads Barça this season with 14 goals in La Liga and 18 in all competitions. In total, he has scored 49 goals for Barcelona this year, which is more than any other player from the top five European leagues in 2017. The 30-year-old Argentine’s virtuoso hat-trick against Ecuador in October sealed Argentina’s place at Russia 2018 and cemented his GOAT status. Despite Messi’s consistent dominance, Barcelona has two other players who can propel them to victory.

Luis Suárez: The Blaugrana ´Killer´

He’s a sniper who has rightly earned the nickname 'The Killer.' Luis Suárez is lethal, always dangerous, and possesses pinpoint shooting accuracy. Barça’s boisterous striker from Uruguay always saves his best for El Clásico. Like the outlaw Josey Wales always seeking revenge, Suárez only needs one shot.

Suárez, who made his debut with Barcelona against Madrid at the Bernabéu, has four goals in six games. In March 2015, the Charrúa made his mark by scoring the winning goal beating Los Blancos 2-1. In November of that same year, Suárez fired two bombs in the 4-0 demolishing of Real Madrid. A month later he struck again at Camp Nou when he scored a last-second goal to draw 1-1.

With incredible field vision and mobility inside the box, coupled with his thundering shot on goal always at the ready, he’s the perfect accomplice for Lionel Messi on Blaugrana’s attacking front.

Marc-André ter Stegen: The German Wall

To stop one of the best offenses of all time you need an insurmountable wall. FC Barcelona has one in German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who is having a spectacular 2017 season and just signed a new deal that will keep him on the club through 2022.

Since coming to Barcelona in 2014, Ter Stegen has quickly become the best goalkeeper in Spain. So far this season, the spectacular goalkeeper has stopped 34 of 39 shots. In the first 13 games, he has allowed just five goals in 1,170 minutes of action. He’s a big reason Barça’s has a record of 11-1 and sitting atop the Spanish Primera División rankings.

The 25-year-old from Mönchengladbach, Germany has feline reflexes to stop powerful shots at close range, and posseses spectacular lateral movement to deflect dangerous medium and long-range shots. Top strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, along with young attacking midfield sensation Marco Asensio, will have their hands full bringing down the Ter Stegen wall.

Experience the action December 23 only on beIN Sports, channel 620.

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