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Luis Suarez defends his on-field antics

Suarez has led a controversial career  (©GettyImages)
Suarez has led a controversial career (©GettyImages).

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed that his on-field ‘slyness’ and ‘passion’ are the very reasons behind his successes in the Premier League.

The Uruguayan international is often criticised for his controversial activities on the football field.

In the 2010 World Cup, he notoriously used his hand to stop the ball from going into the goal deep into the extra time, denying Ghana a place in the semi-finals. He had later claimed that the ‘hand of god’ belonged to him now.

If it was not enough to bring him fame, the 25-year-old bit his opponent the same year in the Dutch league. Last year, he was slapped with an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

Suarez is also chastised by players and managers alike for simulating dives to win penalties and free-kicks in his favour.

And although he is widely hated and jeered by crowds from across England, the Uruguayan ace is currently EPL’s top goal-scorer with 22 goals and one of the frontrunners for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Harsh criticism from pundits and constant scrutiny from the media can force many players to alter their approach, but not Suarez. 

Suarez said: “You can lose some things, but can never lose the slyness, the passion that you have had since you were a kid playing in the street.

“If I didn't have the character that I have today on the pitch, I don't think that I would have become the player that I am today." 

However, there is one whose criticism the Liverpool hit-man does pay heed to. That someone is himself.

He finished by saying: “I have a very strange way of playing football. I'm my own severest critic and I realise when I make mistakes."

 

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