Luis Suarez enjoyed a dream debut season at the Nou Camp, scoring goals for fun while winning a historic treble capped off by a goal in the European Champions League Final. He formed a dream striking partnership with Lionel Messi and Neymar (MSN) that saw them break the record for goals scored in a single season.
Can the lethal Uruguayan put his past controversies behind him, continue his great form and truly become the world’s best striker this season? Here’s 5 reasons why we’re betting he can;
1. He is extremely talented
Marring the off-the-field controversies, there is no doubt that Luis Suarez is one of the best players on the planet. His abilities speak for themselves and not only can the striker consistently find the back of the net but his dribbling and attacking prowess is right up there with the game’s best. And considering that he has proved his mettle in the Netherlands, England and Spain, he is well on his way to becoming the world’s best striker.
2. He scores when he wants
31 goals for Liverpool in his farewell season and 25 goals for Barcelona in his debut season proves that Suarez is a natural born goal scorer. While he may not have the goal ratio of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, Suarez has a good chance of achieving a goal a game in the 2015/16 season.
3. He is backed by the world’s best players
Liverpool were by no means a bad side, but they pale in comparison to Barcelona, who boast some of the finest players in the game. Neymar, Iniesta, Rakitić and leading figure Lionel Messi form a footballing backbone unlike any other and with such an assortment of talent to feed off, Suarez has the best platform to become the world’s best striker at the Camp Nou.
4. La Liga has lesser competition than the English Premier League
While the Spanish top tier is riddled with quality players, they are usually restricted to a handful of top sides and most of the lower teams battle it out for relegation. That leaves Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to fight for the title and subsequently, these top sides make short work of their weaker opponents. The English Premier League on the other hand has more competition and even low ranked teams boast quality signings, ultimately resulting in more feisty clashes throughout the season. And having succeeded in outscoring most people in England, Suarez was expected to do even better in Spain.
5. Because he is Luis Suarez
Top players are often criticized for being extremely mercurial on the field. They can be worshipped as gods at one point before being booed off the next. And nobody epitomizes this more than Luis Suarez, who has been ridiculed by opposition fans ever since his handball in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that denied Ghana a chance to compete in the next round. And though Suarez didn’t who himself any favours with that bite on Giorgio Chiellini, his consistent goal-scoring at the highest level and attacking abilities make him a sure-short bet to become the world’s best striker at Barcelona.
So do you think Suarez can continue his scoring dominance beside Messi and Neymar and become the world’s best?
Or will another striker in Europe blow him out of the water?
Let us know what you think in the comments section below for your chance to win a $50 Premier Sports Memorabilia gift voucher.