- POSTED: 20 Jun 2014 05:51
Five facts -- the good and the bad -- on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez after his two goals beat England in World Cup Group D on Thursday.
BRASILIA: Five facts -- the good and the bad -- on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez after his two goals beat England in World Cup Group D on Thursday:
Suarez made an express train return from a knee operation on May 22 to play against England and score two goals. The star suffered a meniscus problem while with Liverpool and pulled up in World Cup training in Montevideo, according to coach Oscar Tabarez. But Suarez vowed to be ready. He arrived at the World Cup camp in Brazil on June 2, kicked a ball in training on June 7 and was among substitutes for Uruguay's first World Cup Group D game on June 14. Few expected him to finish Thursday's game.
Heat was on from early age
Suarez was born January 24, 1987 in Salto, Uruguay, a city close to the Argentine border famous for its thermal baths. He was the fourth of seven boys raised by a single mother. His elder brother Paolo is also a professional footballer, playing for Comunicaciones in Guatemala.
The striker with added bite
Suarez was dubbed 'the cannibal of Ajax' when he bit an opponent's shoulder playing for Ajax and handed a seven game ban. For Liverpool he bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic's arm in a Premier League match in April 2013 and was given a 10 game suspension. His mouth has also got him into trouble. He showered Manchester United's Patrice Evra with racist abuse during a Premier League game in the 2011/12 season. Suarez insisted the term he used was one often deployed in Uruguay. The English FA banned him for eight matches and fined him 40,000 pounds. He refused to shake hands with Evra when the two teams met later that season.
Man of the season
Suarez's World Cup heroics will only increase his market value and pressure for a move away from Liverpool. After the serial controversies, Suarez scored 31 goals in the English Premier League for Liverpool in 2013-14 and was named player of the season by the Professional Footballers Association. He has now scored 41 goals for Uruguay in 77 internationals. Real Madrid are said to want Suarez. The asking price could be more than 80 million euros though.
Africa's most wanted
Suarez will never be welcomed in Ghana after he stopped a Ghanaian goal he 'saved' with his hand in the last minute of extra-time in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final. He was sent off but Asamoah Gyan's penalty was saved and the Ghanaians went on to lose the penalty shootout. "I made the save of the tournament," was Suarez's unrepentant comment after the match.