Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has hailed striker Luis Suarez as the best centre-forward in the world after his stunning overhead kick in Wednesday night’s trouncing of Sevilla.
The Spaniard’s claim came just weeks after Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said similar of Karim Benzema, stating: “Karim is a mix of Zidane and Ronaldo. He is the best No 9 in the world and the best French player.”
The Uruguayan twisted to score the acrobatic opener after Lionel Messi’s cross was flicked up in the air by his marker – his 24th league goal of the season and 32nd in all competitions – to go with 17 assists.
Speaking to Barcelona’s official website after the game, manager Luis Enrique showered the 30-year-old with praise, saying: “He has that ability to know where the goal is at all times. (He is) the best centre-forward in the world.
“I think Luis Suarez, not just with the physical side of his game but his capacity to shoot with one touch in the box, knowing where the goal is is great. It is clear his potential is big due to his physique, but it is not just about his physical skills. His quality, his quick shots and his movement are amazing and make him the best No 9 in the world.”
Suarez played down the spectacular strike after the game, but declared himself happy with the win – which keeps the pressure on leaders Real Madrid. “The ball was coming towards me and it was the only way of getting it in. I am just happy with the win,” he explained. “Being a striker you always know where the goal is and where the ball is to be able to find the net.”
Since his debut for Barcelona on October 25, 2014, no player in La Liga has scored more goals, excluding penalties. The former Liverpool man has netted a staggering 76 goals as part of the MSN – alongside Messi and Neymar. His striking team-mates come in second and sixth on 75 and 40 respectively.
Even Ronaldo has only netted 69 times, to go with just 57 from Atletico Madrid’s Manchester United target Griezmann. Bale and on-fire Spaniard Iago Aspas have only notched 62 between them on 34 and 28 apiece.
Not only that, Suarez has also been involved in the most goals in the 2016-17 season in all of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues at a mind-blowing 33.
Suarez also became the first player to score over ten goals and ten assists at the weekend – bringing his season tally to 23 strikes and ten helpers in the 4-1 win over Granada.
Messi’s combined tally sits at only 32, with Edinson Cavani, Robert Lewandowski and Mauro Icardi on 28.