Luiz Suarez, the ultimate footballing villain, the dirtiest player in the game and the supremely gifted striker has just turned 34.
His career has been been full of highs and lows. For each breathtaking goal, there has been an epic controversy, for each trophy, a disciplinary issue.
However, one thing is for sure. Players like Suarez do not come around often. To toast his mercurial talent, 90min decided to remember the five best moments of his career… so far.
Suarez could not stop scoring during his time at Ajax | Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Before he became a household name across Europe, Suarez cut his teeth in the Eredivisie.
An impressive spell at Groningen convinced Ajax to sign him on a five-year contract in 2007 and it did not take him long to start turning heads.
In his first two seasons for de Godenzonen, he managed 17 and 22 goals respectively, racking up a similar number of assists in each campaign as well.
However, Suarez saved his very best form for the 2009/2010 term. That season he managed a ridiculous 49 goals and 24 assists in just 48 games. That averages out as 1.5 goal involvements per appearance. Truly staggering numbers.
Suarez became a hero for his role in Uruguay’s triumph | Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Uruguay were far from favourites going into the 2011 Copa America.
Despite possessing a squad containing the likes of Edinson Cavani, Diego Godin and an ageing Diego Forlan, Argentina and Brazil both boasted shorter odds with bookies around the world.
With the help of an in-form Suarez though, La Celeste managed to win their first continental trophy in 16 years.
Their star striker played in all six games, bagging both goals in a 2-0 semi-final win over Peru. His heroics continued in the final against Paraguay as well, where he scored and assisted as his side strolled to a 3-0 win.
Unsurprisingly, he was named player of the tournament. continue reading
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