“Fat man, stay in the 9 role” – Luis Suárez on how Lionel Messi masterminded Barcelona’s MSN trident

Former Barcelona forward Luis Suárez has provided an amusing insight into how the revered ‘MSN’ trio was kicked into gear by Lionel Messi.

MSN, of course, is a nickname known by all with close ties to Spanish football.

This comes amid the widespread belief that the trident – made up of Messi, Suárez, and Neymar – marks one of, if not the greatest frontline in football history.

In the thick of their respective peaks, South American superstars Messi, Suárez and Neymar came together in the colours of Barcelona, to terrorise opposing backlines across Spain and Europe alike.

Racking up the kind of offensive statistics never before seen on the continent, they ultimately went on to clinch two La Liga crowns, three Copa del Reys, a Champions League, and much, much more.

Just how, though, did the triumvirate ultimately click into gear, to establish themselves as such an unstoppable force?

Speaking during an interview with Clank Media, the Uruguayan – soon expected to link back up with Messi at Inter Miami – was drawn on the coming together of MSN.

And he went on to unveil an amusing story, which saw Messi ignore the tactical advice of then-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, to force Suárez back into a central position on the pitch.

“In one of the games against Ajax, Luis Enrique wanted Messi to play as a false 9 because he was used to that position and Neymar and I were on the flanks. But he saw that it didn’t work. So, Messi told me: ‘Oi fat man, stay in the 9 position and I’ll open the pitch for you on the right side’.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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