During the current season, there have been few teams in world football as entertaining as Liverpool. On Saturday afternoon, Liverpool again dominated to the tune of a 6-3 win over Cardiff City, and Luis Suarez predictably led the way by scoring a hat trick. After this performance, it seems utterly clear that Suarez is the best player in England, and he is deserving of being called the world’s best footballer.
Throughout the game, Suarez showed a willingness to work for the ball that was unmatched. Football is a team game, but Suarez showed that one man can truly make the difference and he had the statistical output to back it up. For the day, he totaled nine shots, five on net, one assist, one foul drawn and a hat trick.
While output such as this would be a career day for many players, it has become the norm for Suarez during the current campaign. Despite missing the first five games of the current Barclays Premier League season because of suspension, he has gone on to score 28 goals and assist on 11 more, both league bests. That these goals have come from open play is incredibly remarkable, and is a testament to the fact that Suarez has been the heart and soul of a Liverpool team that surprisingly ranks second in the Barclays Premier League.
During a year when Lionel Messi has had to fight through injuries, the title of best footballer in the world has opened up and Suarez has been there to take the honor. There are certainly some people who will disagree with some of the on-field actions that Suarez has engaged in during recent seasons, but there is no doubting his prowess.
Not only has he been the best performer in Europe, but he is only five goals away from cementing the title of the first Barclays Premier League player to ever average 1.0 goals per game or more and win the Golden Boot. Furthermore, the striker leads all European players in domestic league goals from open play. He led CONMEBOL with 11 World Cup Qualifying goals scored and he has wreaked havoc on the field. The Ballon d’Or is surely beckoning.