Luis Suarez can seemingly do no wrong on a football pitch at this stage of his career.
The Barcelona striker has struck 96 goals for Barcelona and even managed to avoid biting anyone since joining from Liverpool in July 2014.
Suarez has thus confirmed his status as one of the deadliest goalscorers on the planet, captivating football fans around the world with his breathtaking skill and poise in the penalty box.
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But the Uruguayan has recently slipped up off the pitch, drawing criticism from various figures in women’s football for his reaction to Filipe Luis’s Instagram post of the foot injury Suarez inflicted.
The former Liverpool ace described football as “a man’s game,” which has sparked a widespread negative reaction, not least from Espanyol women’s player Brenda Perez.
The offended 22-year-old sent Suarez a message on Twitter, saying: ““We exist, #futfem (football femenino). @LuisSuarez9 I think you should measure your words before you speak a bit more. #Piensoluegoexisto (I think therefore I am).”
Perez’s view has not been an isolated one, with Santa Teresa Club Deportivo – a women’s team based in the western Spanish city of Badajoz – weighing in by inviting the Barcelona star to their game on Saturday.
While Suarez will be unable to attend La Granadilla at the weekend due to his own club football commitments, the intent underlying the invitation is clear.
This is not the firs time Perez has made an effort to break the down the barriers between the male and female counterparts of the world game.
In November 2015, the Espanyol star agreed to wear a wig and fake bid and undergo a seven-hour make-up session to turn herself into a man for the sake of an experiment for Spanish TV show El Hormiguero.
Playing under the pseudonym of ‘Dani’ Perez, she took part in a non-league match with 21 men in Madrid and left them amazed by her incredible skills.
Perhaps Suarez should take a look at what Perez can do with the ball at her feet – then he might think twice before posting potentially offensive comments on social media.