Brazilian wunderkid Neymar became the top scorer in Spain’s highest soccer league this season after scoring four goals for Barcelona on Saturday, bringing his total to eight.
Two of the goals were penalties scored from standing start in Barca’s 5-2 La Liga defeat of Rayo Vallecano at home in Camp Nou.
Mouthy Uruguayan Luis Suarez set up his team mate’s third and fourth goals - scored within the space of two minutes - and showed what South American players are made of by putting away the fifth - from a Neymar pass.
Rayo unexpectedly took the lead after 15 minutes, but were no match for the Brazilian on a mission.
The mighty Catalan side is still without its star player Lionel Messi, who is still recovering from a knee injury, and fans sung his name as he watched from the stands.
But Neymar and Suarez proved against Rayo that the Barca frontline can hold its own with the Argentine.
Neymar’s cracking form will come as a further blow to his former Sao Paulo-based club, Santos, who have requested that FIFA investigate the forward for foul play over his US$19 million transfer.