The mesmerizing forward scored 35 goals in the Dutch league and achieved a grand total of 49 in all competitions. As if that wasn’t enough, he was resoundingly declared Dutch Footballer of the Year. Little wonder than that he’s been watched closely by t Manchester United and Chelsea.
But it’s just as likely that you’ll hear about him through his misdemeanours. His erratic and irritating petulance often puts him at odds with his teammates and his manager. On his international debut against Columbia, Suarez was forced to leave for an early bath after being shown a second yellow card for dissent.
Last season Suarez perplexingly opted to attempt a nonchalant chip after winning a vital penalty for his club. Unsurprisingly, his arrogance was gratefully received by the AZ Alkmar goalkeeper. His then manager, Marco Van Basten, gasped exasperatingly at his forwards unpredictability.
Suarez also has a reputation for hitting the deck. So much so that you could be forgiven that he suffers from narcolepsy. He’ll be on slide number one at the referee meetings before the World Cup.
Yet, despite his incredible ability to vex onlookers, Suarez is an impressive talent with an impressive record. He began his career at Uruguayan side Nacional, scoring 12 goals in 29 appearances and wining the Uruguayan league before FC Groningen shelled out around £700,000 to take him to the Netherlands where he scored 10 in 29 before attracting the attention of Dutch giants Ajax.
He made his big money move to the Dutch capital in 2007 following only a single season at FC Groningen. The striker exchanged hands for a sum around £6.5m.
His first contribution to the Eredivisie side, rather typically, was winning a penalty in a Champions League qualifier. On his league debut he impressed further by scoring a goal, assisting three more and again winning yet another penalty. Since then, the forward has scored 74 goals in 97 games.
We’ve yet to hear back from Opta regarding how many penalties he has actually won during his career. We assume they’re still counting.
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