Since Luis Suarez’s arrival in February 2011, Suarez has managed to make himself a household name for being both a prolific goal scorer and a rather cheeky so and so at times. But what’s the whole story behind the man?
The Uruguayan striker was born on January 24, 1987 in Salto where he and his six siblings were raised by their mother.
He began his professional career at Nacional in 2005 and during his time at Nacional, Suarez netted 12 goals in 29 appearances, helping Nacional lift the Primera Division title in 2006. His role in Nacional’s title winning campaign didn’t go unnoticed in the footballing world; after a single season in Uraguay Suarez was swooped up by Dutch side Groningen.
…Suarez’s performances were equally sublime…
Suarez acclimatized immediately to life in Holland and continued to impress at Groningen. So much so he found himself called up for international duty and once again on the wish lists of Europe’s finest. In 2007 Ajax won the bidding war and found themselves with a class act on their hands.
In his first season he managed 20 goals in 40 appearances, the following season Suarez’s performances were equally sublime and were rewarded with Ajax‘s player of the year award. However the 2009-10 campaign was one of his finest as he helped the Dutch giants to the KNVB Cup scoring 49 goals in all competitions to become the Eredivisie’s top scorer.
…controversial goal-line handball…
The 2009-10 season also saw him crowned Dutch Player of the Year as well as Ajax’s player of the year for the second year running.
By 2010 Luis Suarez had become a key player for Uruguay and in the 2010 world cup he showed the whole word why, scoring three goals in six appearances. Unfortunately his performances that summer shall forever be overshadowed by his controversial goal-line handball that saw him sent off in the dying seconds of extra-time in their quarter-final clash with Ghana.
…a two game suspension for biting…
His disregard for the rules continued to show upon his return to Ajax as he continued to pick up numerous yellow cards and most notably, a two game suspension for biting P.S.V’s Otman Bakkal.
Yet, this rather unsavory side to his game didn’t prevent Liverpool chasing the talented strikers signature. And with good reason as he’s continued to perform at Anfield. His form at Liverpool has been astonishing. This season Suarez has fired 10 goals in 12 games, and picked up the Standard Chartered Player of the Month for September.
Suarez still displays some undesirable traits however he stands in the company of Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten, and Dennis Bergkamp as a select few who have scored over 100 goals for Ajax. His genius is undeniable, and only time can tell whether Suarez will stamp himself into Premier League history.