Suarez, Rooney & Firmino: Who's the most creative striker in history?

Luis Suarez's assist record throughout his career is astonishing

Luis Suarez's Barcelona career is all but over.

The Uruguayan's departure from the Blaugrana will be officially confirmed soon and he's set to join Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid.

Suarez arrived in Catalonia in the summer of 2014 and has gone on to win every trophy available during his six years with Barca.

In his 283 games for the club in all competitions, the 33-year-old has scored 189 goals and notched 109 assists, an astonishing record.

Suarez will rightfully go down as one of the Blaugrana's greatest ever players, despite his noticeable physical decline in recent years.

Suarez celebrates a goal

The Uruguayan's all-action style appears to have taken a toll on his ageing body, but the impact of Mother Nature should not dent Suarez's legacy.

After all, this is possibly the greatest striker of the modern era we're talking about. Why do we say that? Because he's far more than just a goal scorer. Like Lionel Messi, he's also an elite creator.

Thanks to a brilliant Reddit thread by Shanal183, we can reveal that no out-and-out striker since assist stats started being properly recorded has contributed with more assists.

What's even more astonishing is that of the 18 strikers to have delivered 100 or more assists, Suarez's assist-per-game ratio is the best.

Suarez in action

Take a look for yourself below. Only stats from European leagues and international games have been taken into account.

18. Roberto Firmino

Games | 444

Assists | 103

Ratio | 0.23

17. Gonzalo Higuain

Games | 674

Assists | 114

Ratio | 0.17

Higuain with Juventus

16. Robin van Persie

Games | 696

Assists | 119

Ratio | 0.17

15. Samuel Eto'o

Games | 797

Assists | 121

Ratio | 0.15

14. Didier Drogba

Games | 592

Assists | 121

Ratio | 0.20

13. Hulk

Games | 365

Assists | 129

Ratio | 0.35

Hulk with Zenit

12. Sergio Aguero

Games | 697

Assists | 135

Ratio | 0.19

11. Raul Gonzalez

Games | 943

Assists | 140

Ratio | 0.15

10. Robert Lewandowski

Games | 703

Assists | 143

Ratio | 0.20

9. Edin Dzeko

Games | 708

Assists | 147

Dzeko in action

8. Thierry Henry

Games | 777

Assists | 154

Ratio | 0.20

7. Alexis Sanchez

Games | 623

Assists | 161

Ratio | 0.26

6. Miroslav Klose

Games | 805

Assists | 164

Ratio | 0.20

5. Wayne Rooney

Games | 824

Assists | 175

Ratio | 0.21

Rooney with Derby

4. Karim Benzema

Games | 743

Assists | 179

Ratio | 0.24

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Games | 814

Assists | 187

Ratio | 0.23

2. Dries Mertens

Games | 700

Assists | 193

Ratio | 0.28

1. Luis Suarez

Games | 722

Assists | 262

Ratio | 0.36

Suarez in action

Hulk is the only other player on the list to come close to the Uruguayan's ratio, while the Barcelona legend is 69 assists clear of second place.

Not bad, eh? So whenever someone down the pub tries to argue that Suarez isn't one of the all time greats due to a few slightly average - by his standards - seasons with Barca, just hit them with these numbers.

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