Luis Suarez: he is one of the most talked-about people in football, even giving Messi and Ronaldo a run for their money.
The 27 year-old Uruguayan is undoubtedly a wonderfully talented striker, with deadly finishing and brilliant skill. However, Suarez has an almost Balotelli-like tendency to receive often unwanted media attention, for all the wrong reasons…
First, the good side of Suarez: he is a phenomenal attacking player, with spectacular finishing, South American flair, and an incredible goal-scoring record.
The Uruguayan’s 22 goals so far this season have placed him at the top of the Premier League’s top scorer pile; what makes this tally even more amazing is that he missed the first five games of the season.
As aforementioned, Suarez’s finishing is sublime, composed and opportunistic. His hat-trick against Norwich in December was arguably the greatest I have ever witnessed, including a fantastic 35-yard volley over the head of Canaries keeper John Ruddy, who won’t want to see Suarez for a long while.
The latest hat-trick is one of three Suarez has netted against Norwich; his goals tally currently stands at ten goals in just four games against the Canaries.
Moreover, Suarez’s team-play, vision and wonderful passing have led to him gaining five assists this season; his strike partnership with Daniel Sturridge has lit up the Premier League, with many pundits calling them the new ‘SAS’.
Brendan Rodgers’ team currently lie fourth, having recently faltered while Sturridge has suffered from a long-term injury. The pair both played in Liverpool's 2-0 win against Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round, with Sturridge getting on the score sheet.
However, the career of Luis Suarez has unfortunately been littered with controversies. His reputation as a diving, cheating carnivore player who has been found guilty of racially abusing a fellow player, has been lapped up by the media.
The press first jumped onto the Suarez bandwagon during the 2011/2012 campaign, after he received an eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
This then repeated itself last season after Suarez was clearly caught taking a bite out of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, for which he also received a lengthy ban. On the international stage, Suarez was branded a cheat after the now infamous handball against Ghana, which ended up sending Uruguay through to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup, after a penalty shoot-out.
Suarez’s tainted reputation means that sometimes he is the recipient of unfair accusations of diving. The most recent of these was against Aston Villa, when Suarez went down in the box after being brought down by Villa keeper Brad Guzan. Despite the clear contact, people still accused Suarez of diving, showing just how important a positive reputation is in football.
Overall, Suarez is a wonderfully talented footballer, and I will certainly be watching him with interest for the remainder of this season, and at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, where he can hopefully showcase his great ability on the international stage. Hopefully, he can stay out of controversy for a while, and let his football do the talking…
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