Neymar Jr was delighted to see his former Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez turn the years around with a hat-trick for Gremio yesterday (November 9).
Suarez, 36, scored a second-half hat-trick in Gremio’s 4-3 win over Botafogo. The Uruguayan has scored 23 goals and provided 16 assists in 48 games this season.
this barcelona The legend’s former teammates took to his Instagram Stories to react to the iconic striker’s incredible performance. The Al Hilal star uploaded a photo of Suarez celebrating with the caption:
“Three. (Well played).”
Suarez scored the first goal in the 49th minute with Gremio trailing 3-1. He received a loose ball at the back post and cut in to shoot.
The Uruguayan hero equalized three minutes later with his second goal of the game, calmly firing the ball into the back of the net.
suarez A hat-trick completed Gremio’s comeback win in the 68th minute, with the former Liverpool striker playing a beautiful one-two before calmly sending the ball home.
The performance replicated many of his impressive performances during his six years at Barcelona. Suarez has 195 goals and 113 assists in 283 appearances for Barca, forming a formidable attack alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Suarez insists Neymar would have won Ballon d’Or if he had stayed at Barcelona
Suarez made bold claims earlier this year about his former Barcelona team-mate Neymar If he had stayed at Camp Nou, he would have won the Ballon d’Or. He said (via Spanish Football):
“I take responsibility for my words. If Neymar had stayed at Barcelona, he would have won the Ballon d’Or.”
The Brazilian superstar left the Catalan giants unceremoniously in 2017 and joined the French giants Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona wanted to keep the 31-year-old, but he chose to move to the Parc des Princes.
The former Santos youngster was on his way to the top of European football during his time at Camp Nou. He scored 105 goals and 76 assists in 186 games for Barcelona.
However, Brazil’s all-time top scorer did not command the same respect from fans during his time at PSG as he did at Barcelona, where he scored 118 goals and provided 77 assists in 173 games.
The Al Hilal striker finished third in the Ballon d’Or rankings in 2015 and 2017. Both of those results came during his time at Camp Nou, and he hasn’t finished in the top three since.