Luis Suarez has been the most effective strikers in world soccer over the previous decade… however controversy has by no means been too distant.
The 33-year-old has been prolific at among the prime golf equipment in Europe, amassing an unbelievable membership report of 427 targets in simply 663 video games.
He’s additionally received dozens of trophies, most of which got here throughout his spell with Barcelona – the headline membership of an illustrious profession on the pitch, which additionally included Liverpool.
However his profession has additionally been considerably marred by incidents involving biting, racism – and that notorious handball on the 2010 World Cup.
Suarez appeared cruelly axed by Barcelona final summer season when instructed he was now not wanted by the membership and he might go away a minimal payment.
It felt like a chilly ending for somebody who takes his place in Barca’s report books because the membership’s third highest goalscorer in historical past having received 4 LaLiga titles, 4 Copas del Rey and the Champions League.
His shut buddy, and Barca legend, Lionel Messi laid into the Catalans over the best way they handled Suarez upon his exit from Camp Nou.
He mentioned: “You deserved a farewell befitting who you might be: one of the crucial necessary gamers within the historical past of the membership, reaching nice issues for the staff and on a person degree.
“You didn’t deserve for them to throw you out like they did. However the reality is that at this stage nothing surprises me any extra.”
After a failed try to hitch Juventus amid accusations he tried to cheat to realize Italian citizenship, Suarez ended up heading to Barca’s LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid.
And he might precise good revenge on Barcelona by beating them to the Spanish title this season.
Unsurprisingly, the Uruguayan has turn into the primary man at Atletico this season scoring 9 instances in solely 12 league appearances.
He is without doubt one of the prime scorers in LaLiga with Diego Simeone’s facet in an amazing place to take the title.
They’re one level away from rivals Actual Madrid and 4 forward of Barcelona with a exceptional three video games in hand.
It could maybe be a becoming storyline for a participant who has been adopted all through his whole profession by drama and controversy.
Luis Suarez’s profession controversies
June 2010 – Handball incident in World Cup quarter-final towards Ghana
November 2010 – First biting incident on PSV’s Otman Bakkal. Banned for seven video games
October 2011 – Discovered to have racially abused Patrice Evra. Banned for eight video games
April 2013 – Second biting incident this time on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. Banned for ten video games
June 2014 – Third biting incident, this one on the World Cup on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. Banned for 4 months
August 2020 – Informed by Barcelona he’s now not wanted
September 2020 – Accused of attempting to cheat on Italian citizenship take a look at. Juventus transfer collapses
That controversy began in 2010 when he was responsible of biting one in every of his opponents whereas taking part in for Ajax.
He bit PSV’s Otman Bakkal and was subsequently suspended for seven video games however that didn’t cease him doing it one other two instances over his profession.
Whereas at Liverpool in 2013, he did the identical factor to Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and received a ten-game ban. Even then Prime Minister David Cameron referred to as on the FA to take a troublesome stance on the serial offender.
Lower than a 12 months late on the 2014 World Cup, he sunk his enamel into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini and was then suspended from all soccer for 4 months by FIFA.
It’s not solely biting that has received Suarez in bother at World Cups as Ghana can attest to after they have been wronged on the 2010 event in South Africa.
The striker made himself a nationwide hero in Uruguay hero and a villain to the remainder of the world within the quarter-final.
Late into extra-time, the striker saved the ball along with his arms to disclaim Ghana a sure objective that might have taken them via to an historic semi-final.
Suarez was despatched off however Asamoah Gyan blasted the ensuing penalty towards the crossbar with Uruguay occurring to win the shootout 4-2.
The striker was seen celebrating wildly when Gyan missed the spot kick earlier than heading down the tunnel.
After the match, Suarez mentioned he had ‘made the save of the event’ and in addition insisted he would have finished the identical factor once more.
You would simply argue he is without doubt one of the final opponents who desires to win in any respect prices.
He performs the sport to the restrict and who can overlook the time he as soon as tried to say a handball towards the Chilean goalkeeper whereas on worldwide obligation in 2019?
The controversies surrounding Suarez didn’t put Liverpool off signing him from Ajax in January 2011, regardless that he was nonetheless suspended from soccer.
The Reds paid £22.5million and it proved to be cash properly spent as he notched 82 targets in 133 video games, together with one Premier League Golden Boot.
However many followers will bear in mind the incident involving Patrice Evra initially of the 2011/12 season.
After a two-month investigation into claims the Uruguay ahead racially abused the previous Manchester United defender, Suarez was given an eight-game ban by the Soccer Affiliation.
A day after he was discovered responsible of misconduct for utilizing insulting phrases to Evra, together with a reference to his pores and skin color, Liverpool wore ‘Suarez 7’ T-shirts as they warmed up for his or her Premier League recreation towards Wigan – a call the membership are nonetheless criticised for.
Evra has since revealed he acquired a private apology from Liverpool over their dealing with of the 2011 Luis Suarez racism case.
The Premier League title eluded Suarez at Liverpool regardless of coming agonisingly shut and a transfer to Barcelona ultimately went via in 2014 for £64.98million.
It proved to be the fitting profession transfer on the proper time as he shaped the lethal ‘MSN’ partnership alongside Messi and Neymar.
The attacking trio completed with a mixed 122 targets in his first season as they received the treble.
Three extra league titles would come his means earlier than Ronald Koeman determined he was now not wanted on the membership.
The 33-year-old was set to hitch Juventus final summer season however the transfer collapsed because of passport issues.
To make issues worse, studies steered he was dealing with fraud allegations over claims he cheated on an Italian take a look at that was wanted to acquire a passport.
However whereas Juventus misplaced out, Atletico have been the winners of this example and it’s honest to say they’re reaping the advantages and he might come again to hang-out Barcelona.