Luis Suarez concedes he is hoping Cristiano Ronaldo is unable to find the net again between now and the end of the season, with the Liverpool striker and Real Madrid superstar currently level at the summit of the European goalscoring charts.
The campaign ended in heartbreak for Liverpool as they missed out on the opportunity to clinch a first league title for 24 years, but Suarez was able to earn a number of individual accolades for his performances over the course of the season. Among these was the Premier League golden boot for his superb tally of 31 goals in 33 appearances.
Suarez could add a shared European golden shoe to his collection of awards, with Ronaldo also having netted 31 times in the league this season. With one final game in La Liga, Lionel Messi and Diego Costa could surpass Suarez, although it would require the former to score four and the latter five in the weekend’s title showdown. Beyond unlikely, one would think.
With this in mind, Suarez has his eyes firmly fixed on Ronaldo. And, although the Liverpool star claims he does not start the season with the aim of winning awards, bringing another one to Anfield would be rather satisfying.
"It makes me proud to be competing with players on the level of Cristiano, Messi and Diego Costa," Suarez told Marca. "What happens is that you get fed up scoring goals and it bores you because they do it so easily... at the start of the season it was not my objective.
"[But] as the season goes on you keep scoring. When Madrid play [at the weekend] I will be hoping that Cristiano does not score any more."
Suarez, meanwhile, has also dismissed speculation that he could leave Liverpool for Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. Real Madrid have been linked with a €70 million bid for Suarez, but he has pledged his future to Liverpool.