Luis Suarez


Saturday, January 24, 1987
Birth Place: 
Salto, Uruguay
National Team: 

The wonderfully gifted, but volatile Uruguayan striker has become a cult hero for Liverpool fans since the first day he walked through the Shankly Gates in 2011.

In January 2011, Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax for £22.8 million and within almost a year was helping his new club break their trophy drought with the League Cup in 2012.

Last season was a crowning campaign for Suarez as he finished with the European Golden Boot, the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards. He also scored his sixth Premier League hat-trick for the club, making him the most frequent scorer of hat-tricks in Premier League history.

For the Uruguay national team, Suarez's talent has also been recognised, winning the Copa America in 2011 and being named Player of the Tournament.

But Suarez's career has been blighted by on-field controversy.

In 2011, he was found guilty by the English FA of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. He has also been found guilty of biting three opponents. His latest indiscretion coming in the 2014 World Cup, when an incident with Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini saw him banned from football for four months by FIFA.