Which Ghanaian doesn’t know El Pistolero? He is a hero in Uruguay but hated by most if not every Ghanaian. Suarez single-handedly sent Ghana out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Suarez has been in electric form for club and country.
Edinson Cavani’s pass was accurate as it reached its intended target, El Pistolero. Luis Suarez had only a fraction of a second to decide what to do with the ball. He quickly found space behind Paraguay defender Ivan Piris and fed Diego Forlan with ball to make it 3-0. Justo Villar, for once looked vulnerable, after putting up so many man of the match performances in the Copa America. This victory ensured Uruguay’s 15th Copa America title in Buenos Aires .It was a moment Africa’s cursed man will never forget, a moment to cement his status as one of the best strikers in the world, a time to clear his already tarnished image.
Suarez was former Fulham and Norwegian international Erik Nevland’s strike partner at FC Groningen .His teammates labelled Suarez as being selfish and that he always played for himself instead of the team. He passed a comment during one of the team’s half-time pep talks. He told Nevland, ‘ I will give you all the balls but when have you ever given me an assist ’. Since then, the Uruguayan provided his colleagues with a lot of assists. In Groningen he provided 6 assists but it was in Amsterdam that his stock rose. At Ajax, he made fifteen decisive passes averagely in his last season with the Dutch champions. He continued this act at Liverpool, a club he joined in January, where he has made more assists than goals.
He was voted Player of the Tournament at the 2011 Copa America. The former Ajax player was the driving force of a team that proved that the fourth place in the last World Cup was no fluke.Still only 24 years of age, this product of Nacional de Montevideo’s youth system has already racked up five years’ experience in the European game .At senior international level he has struck 26 times in 52 matches, averaging a goal every other game, and taking him level with the tally of Sebastian ‘El Loco’ Abreu (the man who scored the ‘Panenka’ and decisive penalty which eliminated Ghana from the World Cup) and just six behind Forlan, La Celeste’s all-time top scorer.
Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera has really come of age this season. The Diego Lugano (PSG)-Sebastain Coates (Liverpool) central defence partnership blends experience with youth and exudes an unprecedented aggressiveness and will to win. The wing backs Maxi Perreira and Martin Caceres do all the running for ninety minutes on the sidelines and they are one of the best when it comes to one-on-one marking.
Perez and Egidio Arevalo are Uruguay’s ‘hoovers’ in midfield for central duo behind them and also perform defending duties when the need arises. That granitic block of six makes gives the other four attacking players space to operate and initiate attacks. The flank players Alvaro Gomez and Alvaro Perreira benefitted from Perez and Arevalo’s high working rate.
The Forlan-Suarez partnership is one of the best in world football at the moment and the duo can kill any opposition. Suarez had a completely free role. Such a role allows ‘Ghana”s enemy’ to be at his best. The striker is an opportunist of the purest kind.Luis Suarez scored all four goals as Uruguay beat Chile 4-0 in the third round of the South American qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
Every opposition coach is almost forced to let his team respond to the irritating actions of Suarez during games. He’s every defender’s nightmare.Martin Jol did it at Ajax and was rewarded with goals and assists, Oscar Tabarez did it with Uruguay and he got the Copa America in return.
I will never forget 2nd July, 2010 because of this man who broke the hearts of millions of Africans in the world. The curse has become a blessing in disguise because Africa’s cursed man has become a world star.