Despite scoring less than in previous seasons, Neymar is the most important Barca player
While Lionel Messi has scored 33 La Liga goals and Luis Suarez is second in the La Liga goal charts with 26, Neymar has yet to reach double figures with just three league games remaining. Having passed the 20-goal mark in La Liga in each of the past two seasons, scoring just nine goals might look like a backward step in his development.
But the goals are only part of the story. This year, Neymar has taken on a more selfless role for the side and has actually grown as a player. Neymar has created more chances than any other player in La Liga this season (84). Playing out wider on the left, he is the one charged with setting up the chances at Barcelona for others.
Secondly, it is this dribbling that makes Neymar ideally suited to his role. Messi was once the best dribbler in the business but now it is clearly the Brazilian. In fact, it's not even close. Neymar has completed 154 dribbles in La Liga this season. Messi is second best with 116, and nobody in Europe's top leagues can match Neymar's total.
He deserves credit for putting his ego to one side and providing the service for Messi and Suarez. He has matured and he understands what his job is in this Barcelona team. Neymar has set up four goals for Suarez and three for Messi - more than Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema have provided for each other between them this season. Suarez has provided one more assist than Neymar for his fellow M-S-N members, but then he has played in five more matches.
Neymar is working hard too, having taken on the responsibility of tracking back down that left flank and doing the dirty work that Messi does not want to do. For example, Neymar has made 36 tackles this season - almost as many as Messi and Suarez between them. Ronaldo, in contrast, has made just six tackles this year.
Neymar has also proven that he can step up when Barca need him to play a different role in key moments. The dramatic win over PSG was the day many people realised Neymar can be as good as Messi. He scored two, won a penalty and picked the pass for Sergi Roberto's famous goal.
And when Messi is not around, Neymar takes greater responsibility. In fact, four of his nine La Liga goals have come with Messi not on the pitch. His brilliant free-kick against Sporting Gijon in March is a good example. Messi had been substituted minutes earlier, Neymar assumed free-kick duties and promptly curled it home.
How would you rate Neymar's season? Is it a bad one? A good one?