The 5 best moments of Luis Suarez’s career
Luiz Suarez, the ultimate soccer villain, the dirtiest player in the game and the extremely gifted striker has just turned 34.
His career has been full of ups and downs. For every breathtaking goal there has been an epic controversy, for every trophy a discipline issue.
However, one thing is certain. Players like Suarez don’t come often. To toast his mercurial talent, 90 mins decided to remember the five best moments of his career… so far.
Before becoming a household name across Europe, Suarez cut his teeth in the Eredivisie.
An impressive stint at Groningen convinced Ajax to sign him for a five-year deal in 2007 and it didn’t take long for him to start turning heads.
In his first two seasons for de Godenzonen, he managed 17 and 22 goals respectively, accumulating the same number of assists in each campaign.
However, Suarez retained his best form for the 2009/2010 term. This season, he’s had a ridiculous 49 goals and 24 assists in just 48 games. This equates to an average of 1.5 goal involvement per appearance. Truly astounding figures.
Uruguay were far from the favorites for the 2011 Copa America.
Despite owning a squad containing players like Edinson Cavani, Diego Godin and an aging Diego Forlan, Argentina and Brazil both had shorter odds with bookies around the world.
With the help of a fit Suarez, La Celeste managed to win their first continental trophy in 16 years.
Their star striker played all six games, scoring both goals in a 2-0 semi-final win over Peru. His heroism also continued in the final against Paraguay, where he scored and assisted as his side headed for a 3-0 victory.
Not surprisingly, he was named player of the tournament.
Before the incredible exploits of Jurgen Klopp’s side, Liverpool were the closest to ending their top-flight title drought in the 2013/2014 season.
Now that Reds side were nowhere near as well trained as Klopp’s loads, but in Suarez they had one of the most irresistible game changers in Premier League history.
During this campaign, Suarez has scored 31 goals and collected 17 assists in just 35 games. It included two hat tricks and four goals in one game against poor old Norwich City.
His otherworldly form has propelled Liverpool to the top of the table, three points ahead of their closest rivals with three games to go. While it didn’t end well, Reds fans will always remember Suarez as the man who dared them to dream.
Without Suarez, Barcelona would not have won the treble in the 2014/2015 season.
It wasn’t just the volume of his contribution – he scored 48 goals in just 43 games – but also his talent for appearing at decisive moments.
He managed a brace in the round of 16 and quarter-finals of the Champions League, as well as goals in the final, and also provided an assist in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.
Elsewhere, he scored the winner of the second Clasico of the season, a result that gave Barca the momentum needed to cross the line.
Over the course of this article we have already posted some stunning excellent stats, but they are all insignificant compared to Suarez’s 2015/2016 season.
Following a treble campaign was always going to be difficult for Barca. Although his team would only make two trophies this term, Suarez’s personal performance has reached new heights.
By the time he left on summer vacation, the Uruguayan had scored 59 goals in 53 games in all competitions. Not impressive enough for you? How about adding his 24 assists to the mix?
This campaign was Suarez at its absolute best. No defender in world football could handle his movement, and the goalkeeper would stay awake at night, fearing he would have to face him one-on-one.
If you do one thing today, check out a compilation of this season’s goals on YouTube. We promise you won’t be disappointed.