It seems Luis Suarez is always embroiled in controversy, so it's no surprise that the Uruguay international finds himself in hot water again.
His latest incident will not help his image among football fans after he was seen punching Nottingham Forest's Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay's 2-0 defeat to Chile.
Suarez, the Premier Leagues top scorer, is an undoubted talent but this incident is only one of a series of misdemeanours over the last few years and will only hold Suarez back if he is to be considered among the best players in the world. To be fair to Suarez, he has really upped his game this season, not just by scoring more goals but also by cutting out the diving which he was heavily criticised for last season.
He could follow in the same path as Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was heavily criticised during his first few years in English football for diving, as well as the role many thought he played in getting Wayne Rooney sent off in the 2006 World Cup. My point is after those incidents Ronaldo concentrated on his football and was very rarely in the media for the wrong reasons. He went on to win the Ballon d'Or in 2008 after helping Manchester United win a Premier League and Champions League double with 44 goals. Now at Real Madrid he sees himself among the top two players in the world with Lionel Messi.
Suarez has the talent and ability to be mentioned in the same bracket as Ronaldo and Messi but he doesn't help himself with these constant negative reports. If we look back at previous winners, from Luis Figo all the way up to Lionel Messi, it is very rare that we see negative reports about these players. These players are considered role models in the modern game.
If Suarez has the ambition to be considered among the elite he needs to clean up his act. Suarez's footballing ability is getting better and better and it is there for all to see, but it is his off the ball antics that will hold him back from winning football's most prestigious individual accolade.
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