Luis Su­árez

Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz was born in 24 January 1987. He is a Uruguayan footballer.

In 2003, Suárez began his career as a youth player for Nacional, later in 2006, Suárez moved to the Netherlands to play for Groningen in the Eredivisie. Suárez transferred to Ajax in 2007. In 2008–09 he was named Ajax Player of the Year. The following year, he was made the club captain, became the league’s top scorer with 35 goals in 33 games, and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year. He scored 49 goals in all competitions and Ajax won the KNVB Cup. In the 2010–11 season, he scored his one hundredth Ajax goal, joining a group of players including Johan Cruyff,Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp in doing so.

In January 2011, Suárez transferred to Liverpool for €26.5 million (£22.8 million). During his partial season at Liverpool, Suárez helped the club move from twelfth in the league in mid-January to finish sixth at the end of the season. In February 2012, Suárez won his first trophy with Liverpool, as they won the Football League Cup. On 22 March 2014, he scored his sixth Premier League hat-trick for the club, making him the most frequent scorer of hat-tricks in Premier League history. On 27 April 2014 he won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, becoming the first non-European to win the award. Suárez also won the FWA Footballer of the Year, and was named in the 2013–14 PFA Team of the Year. As the Premier League’s top scorer with 31 goals he won the Premier League Golden Boot, and shared the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo. He was named Europe’s most influential football player in the 2013–14 season of the top 5 European leagues in the “Bloomberg Top 50 Power List”.

Suárez represented Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup. In the 2010 World Cup, he played an important role in Uruguay’s fourth place finish and scored three goals, and infamously blocked an extra time goalbound header with his hands during the quarter finals against Ghana. At the 2011 Copa América, Suárez scored four goals for Uruguay as they won a record fifteenth Copa América and was named Player of the Tournament. On 23 June 2013, he became Uruguay’s all-time record goalscorer with 35 goals.

Suárez has been the source of much controversy throughout his career. As well as the aforementioned 2010 World Cup handball, he has also bitten three opponents, has been widely accused of and admitted todiving, and was found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Patrice Evra, a decision Suárez disputes.