Diego Maradona is considered by many to be the greatest player to have ever lived, so his opinion on who he thinks is currently the leading light in world football - Liverpool fans are going to be happy.
That's right, the man who holds almost God-like status in Argentina was asked who he thinks is currently the best forward in the world and he chose to overlook compatriot and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, as well as his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, to opt for Anfield's current star man, Luis Suarez. For a man that is famously vociferous in his support of his home country, Maradona decided to name a highly controversial player from a rival South American nation - he also made some interesting comments regarding Suarez's anatomy.
According to a report from the Mirror, Maradona was being interviewed on Argentine television when he claimed Suarez was "going to smash it" and that he was the "best striker in the world". Diego didn't stop there, apparently he also claimed that the Uruguay star has "two really big balls", which was an interesting observation.
While the debate about which player is the best in the world is one that will never be resolved and a number of players will be put forward for it, but can we really accept Maradona's claim that Suarez is the best striker in the world? GMS don't think so. It would be difficult to argue that the 27-year-old is not a sensational player and that he could maybe one day reach the top of the game, but he just has not done enough.
Liverpool fans will put forward his brilliant scoring record of 31 goals in 33 games in the Premier League last season but, like most praise about Brendan Rodgers' team last season, there is a caveat - it was one competition. You can only beat who they put in front of you, but who they put in front of you defines the quality with which you are performing.
Over the past five years Messi and Ronaldo have scored tonnes of goals in La Liga on the weekends, done the same midweek in the Champions League against the best opposition in Europe and then go back and keep doing it in the league. Suarez has yet to show he can do similar in UEFA's premier club tournament and one of the top domestic leagues in the world, but he will have his chance next season.
For that reason, Maradona should hold his horses as we have yet to see Suarez in top form for a long period while dealing with the full exertions of a top European club. He could well become the best player in the world if he does prove himself at that level, but it's still too early to say just yet.
As for Maradona's other 'claim' regarding Suarez in a more anatomical sense - we don't have the necessary information to argue otherwise...
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