And it took the Uruguayan international less than one full season at the Camp Nou to cement his reputation as one of the world’s truly great footballers.
Suarez scored 25 goals in his first season with the Catalan giants, despite missing the first few weeks of the campaign through suspension, and destroyed that tally last term by netting a remarkable 59 goals in 53 matches, winning the Pichichi in the process.
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There’s no doubt that Suarez is currently playing the best football of his career; although which player wouldn’t when surrounded by the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Neymar?
It’s also true that Suarez improved immeasurably from his time at Ajax to his final couple of seasons at Anfield, where he scored 30 and 31 goals in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaign, respectively.
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Pele credits Brendan Rodgers for Suarez's improvement
But who does Pele, the man regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time, believe is the individual responsible for Suarez’s improvement?
It might come as a surprise to some that Pele has highlighted Brendan Rodgers for not only turning Suarez into a brilliant player but also an improved human being. Okay…
“I think Celtic are very lucky to have a manager with the qualities of Brendan,” Pele is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“Luis Suarez was a really good player when he went to Liverpool but I believe Brendan gave him great coaching, guidance and advice and made him a better player and a better person.
“Suarez was prepared well for his move from Liverpool to Barcelona after working under Brendan. Celtic have a good reputation around the world — and have a good manager.”
Suarez has avoided controversy at Barcelona
In fairness, Suarez has steered clear of controversy since joining Barcelona. In fact, the South American has barely put a foot wrong and has clearly been on his best behaviour.
That Suarez isn’t the main man at the Camp Nou - unlike with Ajax, Liverpool and Uruguay - appears to have worked in his favour.
He no longer feels that intense pressure to be the match-winner and, as a result, when things aren’t going well he no longer reacts badly.
Suarez was involved in notorious biting incidents while playing with all three of the aforementioned teams but, with Messi and co. now alongside him, it’s hard to imagine him ever losing control of himself at Barcelona.
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