Luis Suarez is talented, but if Real Madrid wants to foot the bill to acquire the controversial Uruguayan, Liverpool will be better off without him. Per Andy Hunter of The Guardian, Suarez is warming to the thought of joining Los Galacticos.
His energy and goal-scoring ability would be missed, but at some point an organization needs to draw the line.
Talented and passionate players are always an asset to a club, but when their on-field behavior is erratic and harmful, the upside isn't worth the trouble.
Suarez will bring that dynamic to any club he plays for.
He scored 30 goals for the Reds last season, but he was suspended for 10 matches after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. Perhaps this behavior would be easier to dismiss if it were an isolated incident, but it's not.
This was the second such ban Suarez has received for going to lunch on an opponent. So let's get this straight: Suarez bit an opponent while playing for Ajax Amsterdam, and he lost control and bit an opponent while playing for Liverpool.
Who's to say he's done?
Is Suarez worth the headaches and bad press?
If a club is looking to film the world football horror film Attack of the Cannibalistic Striker, then Suarez should be tops on that club's wish list.
There are already far too many negative side stories surrounding the sport these days. Accusations and incidents of racism are seemingly becoming more frequent—or at least more frequently reported.
The last thing the sport needs is a player on a high-profile club who can't stop biting opponents.
Worse than the incidents themselves is Suarez's unwillingness to show the appropriate accountability. Per Hunter, Suarez said this about his disdain for the English press that predominantly covers Liverpool football:
I love Liverpool, but if there is a chance of playing somewhere else … I suffered too much as a kid to get where I am to be attacked unfairly by the English press. They haven't appreciated me as a player, they've just judged my attitude.
I'm happy at Liverpool, I'm happy because of the fans. I made a mistake, I'm human, but [the press] talked about me in ways they shouldn't have. My family have suffered and things got out of hand. My daughter and my wife have suffered. I'm not prepared to continue to put up with the English press.
In my best WWE The Miz voice, "Really?"
Since when do you get to bite people and not receive admonishment for it? It is a shame Suarez's family had to experience any stress over something they didn't do; but as the father and husband responsible, shouldn't Suarez have thought about that before he opened his mouth...literally.
As it pertains to athletics, this is reprobate behavior. Liverpool doesn't need it and any club considering Suarez best beware.
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