Before this season, we knew of Luis Suarez‘s prowess as a talented yet controversial figure. The Liverpool forward had 23 goals in the 2012-2013 season, second to only Robin van Persie (26). In the same season he accumulated ten yellow cards for his behavior. He recorded two hat tricks against Wigan and Norwich. His numbers during the 2012- 2013 placed him as being second best. He ended up losing the Footballer of the Year Award to Gareth Bale and the goal race to RVP.
Similar to Cristiano Ronaldo, being known as second best is not enough. This mentality pushes these athletes to be better, stronger, faster, sooner. Suarez passing his last record of 23 goals is highly attainable. Due to his twilight re-enaction, Suarez was punished on the 2013-2014 season. He missed five games, approximately 450 minutes of gameplay, yet his numbers are exquisite.
Numbers don’t lie and they reveal their own story. The chart you see below includes some of the most prolific players of our time. Cristiano Ronaldo is the goal leader of La Liga, and very likely to be given the Ballon d’Or award. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the current leading goal scorer of Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain. Robert Lewandowski is the current goal leader of the Bundesliga. We included Sergio Aguero since he is currently second to Luis Suarez in the Premier League goal tally.
Penalty kick goals
Across Europe, the raw numbers dictate Suarez is tied with Ronaldo in goals. When we look closer, we see that Ronaldo has played over 120 minutes more than Suarez. Penalty kicks are meant to give the player an obvious advantage over the keeper. The footballer is more likely to score than to miss, but while these goals are somewhat challenging, they should not be given full credit. Ronaldo is the designated penalty taker for Real Madrid. And of his 17 goals, five of them are penalty kicks. In Liverpool, Steven Gerrard bears that responsibility, and rightly so. Luis Suarez, without the luxury of taking penalty kicks and having less time, still manages to be better and more efficient than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Perfectly placed free kicks, one touch goals, goals that are purely from determination and hustle, have made Liverpool a pleasure to watch this season.
Goals aside, how many yellow card does the controversial Suarez have this season? Just one. Suarez received a yellow card in the Everton game. He has obviously matured, and the diving has toned down a lot, which is a relief to everyone from the club, his teammates, his supporters and the neutral observers who appreciate his talent.
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