Luis Suarez is one of the most controversial figures in world football and it’s been that way for a while now. He’s bitten people, dived, saved a shot with his hands, and yet he is still one of the greatest players in the history of the game. In fact right now, he’s even better than Ronaldo and Messi.
When it comes to the Uruguayan’s indiscretions, it’s obvious that a portion of his legacy is tainted. However, if the 29-year-old continues to dazzle fans with his outrageous ability and performances then that reputation will hopefully subside over time.
First off, let’s just get the standard excuse out of the way – Suarez has done it in the Premier League. He has, and Messi hasn’t. It’s just that simple. Ronaldo has too but an argument can be made that Suarez did it in a shorter period and was more relied upon with Liverpool than CR7 was at United.
Have a look at the Ballon d’Or winners if Messi and Ronaldo didn’t exist…
The Red Devils had the genius of Fergie’s management, meanwhile Liverpool had Brendan Rodgers at the helm who was simply enjoying the plaudits of Suarez’s quality as he kept banging on about character.
But that was then and this is now. Suarez currently leads the goalscorer charts with six goals and three assists this season in comparison to Messi’s five goals and two assists, and his overall level of play goes way beyond that of his Barca teammate.
In the 2015/16 campaign Suarez became the first man to lead La Liga in both the goalscorer and assist tables, and that right there is a testament to his overall contributions as a team player. If you cut out all the bullshit like the biting and the attitude you get one of the most finely polished players the game has ever seen, and the evidence doesn’t stop there.
Fourteen goals in his last five games last year. I mean, what?! Just let that sink in. That is an outrageous goals haul in the dieing embers of the season when his team needed him the most. What happened when Argentina needed Messi the most in the World Cup Final? Oh yeah, he didn’t show up.
Luis Suarez is stronger than Lionel Messi both on and off the ball, and on his day he is faster than Cristiano Ronaldo both on and off the ball. He is determined and he is focused on his task of becoming the best player in the world, and right now he has accomplished that with flying colours. Fact.