How much do Barcelona depend on the trio of Messi – Suárez – Neymar?

Does Barcelona’s attack solely depend on the attacking trio of Messi – Suárez – Neymar? During the 2014/2015 Liga season they scored 73.6% of all Barcelona goals, which is 3 out of 4 goals. This is already a high figure but in the current season, the percentage of goals scored by Messi – Suárez – Neymar is above 88% which is really an extremely high number.

How does this compare to the last seasons? Maybe the below graph can answer to this question.

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Here we have plotted the relationship between goals per game and the percentage of goals scored by the top 3 scorers of the team, for Barcelona during the last 7 Liga seasons. The two last seasons are clearly separated from the rest. Before the attacking trio of  Messi – Suárez – Neymar was composed, the top 3 scorers of the team used to score 60% to 65% of all Barcelona’s goals. Now the situation is way different. The team’s capacity to score depends massively on their three attacking superstars, who this season score around 9 out of 10 of the team’s goals.

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