Despite a relatively flat campaign for both club and country, Luis Suárez is set for a classic year with the concept that the best always bounce back
The new season is approaching and as always the world of football will have a countless amount of storylines to follow. One of those tales will involve Barcelona striker Luis Suárez.
The hitman from Salto has scored goals everywhere he’s been since emerging on the scene back in Uruguay for his boyhood club Nacional Montevideo. His killer instinct has led him to be successful at Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool and now at Barcelona, the team he joined in the summer of 2014.
121 goals and three seasons later, Luis Suárez has proven to be a brilliant investment for Barcelona and El Pistolero is now focusing on the 2017/18 campaign which will undoubtedly be one of the most landmark in his career.
At a club level, Luis Suárez and his teammates have to get revenge. The Champions League quarterfinal knockout against Juventus combined with losing the league to arch-rivals Real Madrid made last season the most disappointing campaign in Barcelona’s recent history. On a personal level Suárez did reasonably well, scoring 37 goals in 51 games but compared to the year before – 59 goals in 53 games – the Uruguayan dropped off a little bit.
Normally, a player scoring 35 plus in a season is a great achievement and the footballer in question would be quite rightfully praised. However, the word normal doesn’t apply to Suárez as he is simply the best No9 of his generation and one of the most extraordinary players in the history of the game.
So on a club level, Suárez has a big season coming yet it can’t compare to the challenges that lie ahead in his international career. Because for Uruguay, Suárez faces four key clashes in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualification with participation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia not yet guaranteed.
Suárez has enjoyed 50 days of vacation – longest since 2009.
Uruguay could benefit from a rested Luis with the World Cup still not certain. pic.twitter.com/GwVYfW5aeu
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) July 12, 2017
Uruguay is still in a position that offers direct World Cup qualification but a dramatic dip in form that saw La Celeste lose three consecutive qualifiers has made sure that the side is just three points ahead of sixth-placed Ecuador – who won’t travel to Russia as the table lies.
At 30-years-of-age, the upcoming World Cup is likely the last edition of football’s biggest showpiece wherein Luis Suárez can be a protagonist, taking in mind that a sportsman’s best years are normally between 28 and 32.
Luis Suárez will be the man the whole of Uruguay will be looking at over the next few months. His qualities could be decisive as World Cup qualification is on the line for the four-time world champions.
As two-time European Golden Shoe-winner, Suárez might not have anything to prove anymore but something that separates good players from the best is staying hungry for success, regardless of how much they have already won.
That mentality makes me say that Suárez will conquer the challenges of the upcoming season. It’s what he has been doing throughout his whole career.