Suarez beats Ron­aldo’s record

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Luis Suarez has a higher com­bined to­tal of goals and as­sists in his first 100 ap­pear­ances for Barcelona than Cris­tiano Ron­aldo man­aged in his first 100 games for Real Madrid. The Uruguay in­ter­na­tional came off the bench to make his 100th ap­pear­ance for the Cata­lan gi­ants against Alaves on Satur­day, and while he was un­able to pre­vent their shock 2-1 de­feat at the Nou Camp, he reached the mile­stone with an un­ri­valled record. Since his £75m trans­fer from Liver­pool to Barcelona in the sum­mer of 2014, Suarez has net­ted 88 goals and claimed 43 as­sists for the Cata­lan gi­ants in all com­pe­ti­tions. He has only tasted de­feat 12 times, with 80 of his 100 ap­pear­ances end­ing in vic­to­ries.

Suarez is over­shad­owed by su­per­star duo Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Lionel Messi in La Liga, but he scored more goals than ei­ther in all com­pe­ti­tions last sea­son (59) and the stats sug­gest he de­serves to be con­sid­ered on a sim­i­lar level.

Messi’s rel­a­tively mod­est record of 41 goals and 14 as­sists in his first 100 ap­pear­ances can be ex­plained by the fact that he was just an emerg­ing teenager when he burst onto the scene at Barcelona, but the same can’t be said of Ron­aldo.

The Por­tuguese su­per­star was aged 24 and al­ready es­tab­lished as one of the world’s best play­ers when he joined Real Madrid from Manch­ester United in a record-break­ing £80m deal in 2009.

But while he scored more goals than Suarez in his first 100 ap­pear­ances (95), his com­bined to­tal of 124 goals and as­sists falls short of Suarez’s 131, and he only won 76 of those games com­pares to Suarez’s 80.

Thierry Henry is one of his big­gest ad­mir­ers, and while he feels Messi and Ron­aldo re­main in a league of their own, the Sky Sports pun­dit is in no doubt that Suarez is the best of his kind.

“He is, by a dis­tance, the best num­ber nine in the world,” he told Sky Sports. “Why? Eighty-eight goals and 43 as­sists in 100 games. The man has been in­volved in 131 goals. Where have you seen that from a striker?”

“Now if you bring along Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, those guys are freaks, I don’t count them. But for the mor­tals, he is the best. Peo­ple al­ways com­pare and talk to me about who is the best. He is the best. Leave it there. He is the best in the world as a striker.”

Suarez turns 30 in Jan­uary, but he’s show­ing no signs of slow­ing down. Barcelona will be con­fi­dent that the world’s best striker’s next 100 ap­pear­ances will be sim­i­larly suc­cess­ful. — Sky Sports

Luis suarez has a higher com­bined to­tal of goals and as­sists in his first 100 ap­pear­ances for Barcelona.

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