Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz (born 24 January 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan national team as a striker.
In July 2014, Suarez moved to Barcelona for a fee reported by the English press in the region of £75 million (€94 million), while Barcelona claim a fee of £65 million (€81 million), making him
the third most expensive player in football history. He is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
Suarez began his career as a youth player for Nacional in 2003. He signed for Groningen in the Eredivisie in 2006 and transferred to Ajax in 2007. In 2008–09 he was named Ajax Player of the Year. The following year, he was made the club captain, helping Ajax win the KNVB Cup while becoming the league's top scorer with 35 goals
in 33 games. He was also named Dutch Footballer of the Year and scored 49 goals in all competitions. In the 2010–11 season, he scored his one hundredth Ajax goal, joining a group of players including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp in doing so.
In January 2011, Suarez transferred to Liverpool for €26.5 million (£22.8 million). In February 2012, Suarez won the Football League Cup with the club. In April 2014, he won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, becoming the first non European to win the award, and the FWA Footballer of the Year. As the Premier League's top scorer with 31 goals he won the Premier League Golden Boot, and shared the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Suarez represented Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup. In the 2010 World Cup, he played an important role in Uruguay's fourth place finish and scored three goals, and blocked an extra time goal bound header with his hands during the quarter finals against Ghana. At the 2011 Copa America, Suarez scored four goals for Uruguay as they won a record fifteenth Copa Americaand was named Player of the Tournament. On 23 June 2013, he became Uruguay's all-time record goalscorer with 35 goals. At the 2014 World Cup, he scored his 40th goal.
Suarez made his senior debut on 8 February 2007 in a 3–1 win against Colombia. He was sent off in the eighty fifth minute after receiving a second yellow card for dissent. Suarez played in 19 of 20 games in 2010 World Cup qualifying and the inter confederation playoffs and scored five goals.
Suarez creates goal scoring chances with his powerful shot, and "remarkable technical ability". Harry Redknapp said that Suarez could play anywhere as the target man or behind as a second striker. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez called Suarez "a great forward, an elite player among forwards in the world", and then Liverpool coach Kenny Dalglish said, "he's intelligent, he's had a fantastic education at Ajax." Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge said his abilities allow him to get into a position to score and evade
defenders. Suarez has been praised for his work rate, and his quickness that allows him to attack from the outside. He also creates scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Former Ajax coach Marco van Basten criticised Suarez for his tendency to pick up yellow cards. van Basten said he had a tense relationship with Suarez, although he conceded, "Luis is unpredictable, he’s hard to influence but that makes him special." At times, Suarez can be dominant but fail to convert his efforts into goals. Despite his weaknesses, Suarez’s leadership stood out to Ajax management.
Suarez has also been widely accused of diving. His manager, team-mates and various analysts have commented that this reputation for simulation has caused referees not to award him legitimate penalties. In January 2013, Suarez admitted to diving against Stoke City in an October 2012 match. This led his manager Brendan Rodgers to comment that his actions were "unacceptable" and he would be dealt with "internally" by the club. Suarez has also been accused of stamping on opponents in the Premier League and the Europa League. In December 2013, Spanish football website El Gol Digital ranked Suarez at 5th in its list of the world's dirtiest footballers.
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