Luis Suarez: the genius we all love to hate.
Now, we do not want to sound too harsh on Luis Suarez, but he is genuinely one of the most detestable players in the world. The Uruguayan just seems to thrive on doing things that makes me a truly unlikeable character; from racially abusing opposition players to biting them, on more than one occasion, to just being a general nuisance – he is one very tough individual to digest. But he is very, very good at what he does: putting the ball into the back of the net, and we must at least respect that element of his game.
Signed from Ajax for £22.7 million in 2011, Suarez called his move to Anfield a “dream” and said: “My aim is to work, to show the fans how hard I am ready to work. I want to put in lots of effort, to show people my capabilities”.
And show people he did. From the moment he scored his first goal in front of the Kop rounding a helpless Asmir Begovic in typically tricky style to his final season at Liverpool when he collected 31 goals in 33 games, including a four goal haul against Norwich City, Suarez gave his all to the club.
But his career at Liverpool was not without controversy. Suarez’s name hit the headlines when he was accused and later charged of racially abusing Manchester United player Patrice Evra, and he hardly helped the situation when he returned from his eight match ban and refused to shake the hand of the Frenchman at Old Trafford. Not to mention, the famous biting incident on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic as well, which was not even his first case of pitch-based cannibalism, or last for that matter. Weirdo.
After the heartbreak of losing to Crystal Palace in 2014, and the truly beautiful image of him weeping on the pitch, Luis Suarez moved his talents to Barcelona where he has committed himself to more of the same really: undeniable talent marred by a desperately unlikable character.
Again, we must not let his abominable personality distract us from the genius. And do not get us wrong, this man is about as good as it gets. Indeed, a record of 177 goals in 247 games, which includes an impressive tally of 40 goals in 35 La Liga matches during the 2015/16, would attest to that.
Until recently Liverpool fans still had love in their hearts for Suarez. But, the man being who he is, threw it all back in their faces when he celebrated his goal in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final – a surprise for many of the Reds faithful, but not for us.
After arrogantly claiming he would not celebrate in front of the Anfield crowd, they were the ones who got the last laugh when their side dumped Barcelona out of Europe in four goal humiliation. A victory for all.
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