Barcelona's Messi-Neymar-Suarez trio sets Spanish goals record with 120
With three goals combined in their Copa del Rey victory on Saturday, Barcelona attackers Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar set a Spanish record for the most goals in a season for any trio of teammates.
Messi scored twice and Neymar also scored as Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the final, bringing the threesome's tally to 120 goals in all competitions this season.
That mark supasses the previous record of 118 set by Real Madrid's trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzem and Gonzalo Higuain in the 2011-12 season.
Messi has accounted for 58 goals in this season, while Neymar doubled the number he scored last season by netting 38, and Luis Suarez added 24 despite being suspended for the first two months of the season.
Barcelona's previous goals record for three players was 100 in 2008-09, when Messi's 38 was joined by Samuel Eto'o's 36 and Thierry Henry's 26.
Messi was man of the match after opening the scoring with a spectacular solo effort and also adding a well-taken second after the break, with Neymar also getting on the scoresheet when he finished off an unselfish pass from Suarez just before half-time.
Neymar, who scored seven goals in the Copa del Rey to be the competition's joint top scorer alongside Sevilla's Iago Aspas, said it was "an honour" to play alongside such teammates at the Camp Nou.
Talking on Spanish TV after the game the 23 year old Brazil captain said that Messi had again proven he was the world's best with another spectacular performance.
"Leo is spectacular, he is a 'crack.' For me he is the best in the world," Neymar said. "And it is an honour to be part of this team, with players of such quality."
Neymar had drawn less positive attention from Athletic defenders who reacted angrily when he tried a few tricks late on with the game won, something which even his own team's coach Luis Enrique said had been a bit too much. However, Neymar said he had just been playing the way he always has, and has no intention of changing.
"This is football, in football these things happen," Neymar said. "It is incredible. They can get angry, but that is my style of play, and I have been playing like that for many years. I will not change my style of play due to what other players think."
Barcelona's prolific trio will have one more game to add to their total in the Champions League final next weekend against Juventus as Barcelona look to complete just a second club Treble.
Neymar said supporters should be relaxed, but he was very happy to be in this situation now.
"Stay calm, we have achieved the double, but there is still a week to go, still 90 minutes left," he said. "We are very happy for all that we have done, and I congratulate the team for the game they played today. We are good physically. We always had control of the play, and we have to do that until the end."
Information from ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan was used in this report.