Luis Suarez set for huge pay rise at Barcelona

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With 94 goals in his first two seasons, few would argue that Luis Suarez has been anything but an incredible purchase for Barcelona.

He may have cost £75million to sign from Liverpool and arrived with a global ban on football activities after biting Georgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but the Uruguayan has only done positive things since arriving at Camp Nou.

Now, he's asking for a financial package to match his status as the world's finest striker. Contract talks have been ongoing with Barcelona for several weeks now and Suarez has made it clear that he wants parity with his Brazilian team-mate Neymar.

According to Sport, the 29-year-old has accepted that Lionel Messi is and always will be Barcelona's highest earner. The Argentine enjoys an annual wage of €21.2m a season, equivalent to €400,000-a-week and there is an understanding amongst the whole squad that he deserves to be paid the most.

But Suarez is still after a rather sizable amount himself. Currently on €10m-a-season, Suarez is asking to be bumped up to €16m-a-season, drawing level with the contract Neymar agreed earlier this year.

That would see him earning roughly €300,000-a-week and extend his stay in the Catalonia capital until 2020. His current deal expires in 2018 but there is a feeling from both sides that an agreement will be reached. A similar report in Mundo Deportivo claims the contract could run until 2021.


Form of his life

Suarez won the European Golden Shoe last season after scoring an incredible 40 goals in just 35 La Liga appearances. He was the first man other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win the Pichichi – awarded to La Liga's top scorer – since Diego Forlan in 2009.

He scored a further eight goals in the Champions League and five in the Copa del Rey. So stunning were his scoring statistics, it is easy to forget he also finished the campaign with 20 assists.

No wonder there have been calls for Suarez to win the Ballon d'Or trophy.

But that may prove difficult after Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to the Champions League and Portugal to their first European Championship title. The three-time winner contributed little to each final but was influential in both competitions.

Currently, Suarez can be found at odds of 7/1 to claim the Golden Ball, behind Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi (both 6/1) and heavy favourite Ronaldo (10/9).

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