Luis Suarez may need solely performed 178 minutes of World Cup 2014, however he packed a complete event’s value of motion into such a brief area of time.
Having did not win a health battle to function within the opening conflict towards Costa Rica, he justified his popularity as one of many sport’s deadliest strikers to attain twice and get rid of England with one sport nonetheless remaining.
Little did the 31-year-old know as he pounced to get rid of the Three Lions that his time in Brazil was additionally rising brief.
Within the second half of Uruguay’s sport towards Italy, their third and last one within the group stage, Suarez clashed with defender Giorgio Chiellini. Each gamers ended on the bottom, the Italian wanting shocked and confused as his opponent clutched his tooth as if the Juventus man had made to yank them out with pliers.
“I misplaced my steadiness… hit my face towards [Chiellini], leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a robust ache in my tooth,” he claimed within the aftermath of the conflict.
Because the mud settled, although, it turned evident that the incident was extra important than Suarez instructed.
Chiellini, in the meantime, pulled no punches together with his account.
“Suarez is a sneak and he will get away with it as a result of FIFA need their stars to play within the World Cup,” he fumed, having gained a free kick however seen no additional punishment given to the offender. “I’d like to see if they’ve the braveness to make use of video proof. The referee noticed the chew mark, too, however he did nothing.”
FIFA, it transpired, did overview the incident and judged that Chiellini ought to be added to an inventory that beforehand included Otman Bakkal and Branislav Ivanovic, gamers earlier than him that the Uruguayan had practised the unsavoury biting artwork on earlier than.
A nine-match worldwide ban, a hefty effective and four-month suspension from all soccer adopted, suspending the Barcelona-bound participant’s aggressive debut for the Camp Nou facet till October.
His time in Liverpool was dogged with controversy, from the aforementioned chew on Ivanovic to accusations of racism levelled at him from Manchester United defender Patrice Evra that resulted in an eight-game ban, however life in Spain has confirmed to be fairly extra placid.
The Reds knew when he arrived from Ajax beneath the steering of Kenny Dalglish that he was a participant with a hot-headed popularity. Suarez had the shadow of the biting incident earlier in his profession, when nonetheless taking part in with Groningen lingering over him, however a goal-line handball within the 2010 World Cup quarter-final towards Ghana had already sealed worldwide infamy for a person who didn’t appear to care.
“The Hand of God now belongs to me. Mine is the true Hand of God,” he stated after the sport, referring again to Diego Maradona, who punched a ball into the web in Argentina’s 1986 quarter-final with England.
Suarez’s save, which got here late in extra-time, proved much more decisive. Asamoah Gyan noticed his penalty smack the bar, and Uruguay went on to win on penalties, denying the Africans the chance to be the primary facet from their continent to play in a world semi-final.
“I made the very best save of the event,” he mirrored.
Suarez has gave the impression to be a reformed character earlier than, but since transferring to Spain, points which have been as soon as commonplace have develop into uncommon.
The aggressive edge stays – he has been booked 42 occasions and despatched off as soon as in 198 outings for the Catalans – however the actually large disciplinary issues seem to have been eradicated from his sport.
Channelled within the right method, Suarez has proven that his aggression and dedication generally is a main asset.
Since he bought his tooth, fairly actually, into Chiellini, he has scored 152 targets in 198 appearances at membership stage, outstripping even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo within the scoring stakes through the 2015-16 Primera Division season.
In Russia, in the meantime, he would be the nationwide staff’s most important man, and with Uruguay boasting a robust squad and handed a sort draw, he’s concentrating on redemption on a spectacular scale.
“I would like there to be the opportunity of this being my World Cup, after leaving the way in which I did in 2014,” he stated. “I do know individuals decide me for that, and I wish to be remembered for one thing else.
“We now have a robust staff and we imagine in our staff and our nation, and I wish to be a part of one thing on the World Cup with Uruguay.
“Might it’s my World Cup? I hope so.”
His inheritor at Liverpool, Mohamed Salah, could also be denied a direct confrontation towards his predecessor at Anfield on account of his harm, however that can serve solely to extend the Uruguayan’s prospects of successful the Golden Boot.
After his two earlier tilts completed solely in infamy, now could be Suarez’s finest shot to make it third time fortunate together with his nation.