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Luis Suarez breaks Cristiano Ronaldo's goals and assists record

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Luis Suarez's achievements in his first two years at Barcelona are unparalleled in world football.

Since completing a £75 million move from Liverpool, the Uruguayan has won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey's and the Champions League once.

And that's without mentioning the obscene amount of goals he's scored in a blue and red jersey.

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It's the manner in which Suarez finds the back of the net that is most impressive; powerful and clinical, the 29-year-old consistently scores from all angles and ranges.

So destructive has the Barcelona star been since 2014 that he's without a shadow of a doubt Europe's hottest striker at present - that's what his goals and assists record for Luis Enrique's side suggests anyway.

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According to Sky Sports, Suarez has scored or assisted 131 goals in his first 100 appearances for Barcelona - his 100th came against Alaves on Saturday - smashing Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible record of 124 goals and/or assists in the same period.

To further break down what the Uruguay international has achieved, he has scored 88 goals and assisted a further 43 since arriving in Spain two years ago, whereas Ronaldo managed 95 goals and 29 assists in his first 100 games for Real Madrid.

Suarez's record is made all the more impressive when you consider that Lionel Messi scored and assisted a 'meagre' 41 and 14 goals respectively in his first 100 appearances for Barcelona.

Forty-three assists just goes to show how Suarez has developed into a team player at the Camp Nou, always looking for his teammates when goalscoring opportunities arise.

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In light of the former Liverpool striker's record-breaking haul, Thierry Henry has reinforced the notion that he's the world's best in his position.

"He is, by a distance, the best number nine in the world," the Arsenal legend told Sky Sports.

"Why? Eighty-eight goals and 43 assists in 100 games. The man has been involved in 131 goals. Where have you seen that from a striker?

"Now if you bring along Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, those guys are freaks, I don't count them. But for the mortals, he is the best.

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"People always compare and talk to me about who is the best. He is the best. Leave it there. He is the best in the world as a striker."

So, who does Pele - widely regarded as football's greatest ever player - attribute Suarez's success to? Well, you might just be surprised by his answer.

"Luis Suarez was a really good player when he went to Liverpool," he told The Sun, "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."

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Topics:
La Liga
Luis Suarez
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Liverpool
Neymar

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