Luis Suarez: How much is he worth?

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When considering the valuation of Liverpool Football Club's most valuable asset, there has to be many different factors evaluated.

Many place a high value on Luis Suarez due to his unquestionable football skill and prowess in front of goal, but can his value truly match that of the likes of Edinson Cavani? 

Though around a similar age, Cavani recently signed for Paris Saint-Germain for £55m, after scoring a grand total of 39 goals in 42 appearances for the Serie A club last seaso. On top of last season's success, Cavani scored 33 goals in 45 starts and three substitute appearances in the 2011/2012 season. 

To add to his goal-scoring tally, Cavani also managed an outstanding debut season in 2010/2011 at Napoli, after signing from Palermo for around £15m, netting 31 goals in 40 appearances for the club. 

In comparison, Suarez' stats are somewhat lacking. 

Having signed from Ajax for £22.8m in 2011 on the back of a season that saw Suarez score a remarkable 49 goals in 48 games in 2009/10, it was expected that his impressive form would continue. 

Suarez joined Liverpool in the January transfer window after having scored 9 goals in 19 appearances for Ajax in the first half of the campaign. He went on to only score four goals in 12 games for Liverpool in the second half of the season.

In Suarez' first full season for Liverpool, his form improved slightly as he managed a tally of 17 goals in 37 appearances. But it was hardly the season most Liverpool fans were expecting after the goal run Suarez had enjoyed at his former club. 

However, Suarez netted a grand total of 30 goals in 44 appearances last season, an impressive performance that almost secured Suarez the golden boot, save for some spectacular performances from Robin van Persie.

On paper, I think these statistics prove Suarez falls short of the sum required to secure the services of Cavani, but a sum around the £30-40 million mark seems a lot more reasonable. 

That is until you take into account Suarez' disciplinary record. Both at club and international level, there have been many black marks on Suarez' record. 

Suarez was given a seven-match-ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in 2010. In that year he also hand-balled a certain goal-bound-shot in a World Cup quarter-final against Ghana. 

Suarez only proceeded in damaging his reputation further when he was accused of racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra, for which he served an eight-match ban in 2011. The most recent of Suarez' disciplinary discrepancies happened last season when he was seen to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the upper arm. 

Combine these incidents with Suarez' worrying propensity to pick up yellow cards, it provides a very worrying picture for any potential suitors of his signature. 

In total, Suarez has served almost 30 games suspended for his various offences. Though he is a talented forward, he falls short of the £50m mark that has been requested by Liverpool.


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