Liverpool FC: The Story of Their New No. 7, Luis Suarez
Since arriving at Anfield, Luis Suarez has become a crowd favourite, if not the crowd favourite. Recently voted Copa America Player of the Tournament, "El Pistolero" has certainly hit a hot streak.
However, while fans adore the Uruguayan, how much do they know about his time before Liverpool? Here's his story.
Suarez was born on the 24th of January, 1987. Growing up with four siblings and a single mother, money was hard to come by. After playing football for hours on end, Suarez was noticed by local club Nacional, and under their care, he flourished.
As is the case with some other modern day footballing icons, Suarez was made to wait for his debut competitively because his manager felt he was too small to play at the time.
However, Suarez was not to be rejected. After working on his fitness and making his style of play a tad more aggressive, Suarez was finally named in the first team, where he scored 13 goals in 16 matches, quite a record.
He was bought from Nacional by FC Groningen for a fee of 800.000 euros, where he scored 10 goals in his first season.
The goal machine was not to go unnoticed from Europe's elite teams. Dutch giants Ajax soon secured Suarez's signature from Groningen, for 7.5 million Euros. The money was questioned at the time, but when "El Pistolero" scored once, assisted three times and won a penalty kick in the Eredvisie opening fixture for Ajax, all doubts were forgotten.
The season drew to a close with Suarez having scored 20 goals in 40 appearances for the Dutch side.
If there is a bad side to Suarez, it'd be his disciplinary record. Suarez was heavily criticised for the large amount of yellow cards he received, due to his "determined" style of play. He was suspended for biting a PSV player.
In 2010, Suarez was named Dutch Player of the Year, after scoring 49 goals in 48 appearances, and no, that's not a typo. Also, Suarez scored six times in a single match in a record 14-1 win for Ajax.
His national career endured a painful start. In 2007, Suarez made his debut for Uruguay, but was sent off late on.
In the recent World Cup, Suarez started each game for Uruguay, scoring three times, assisting another three times, but getting sent off for that famous hand-ball in the dying seconds against Ghana. However many negative comments "El Pistolero" received, he still regards the World Cup as a success, as Uruguay finished fourth.
A strong start for Suarez in the following season for Ajax saw Suarez net 12 times in 24 appearances, resulting in a move to Liverpool. Suarez finished his time with Ajax having scored 111 goals in 159 appearances.
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