Luis Suarez will be key to Uruguay’s future in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.(REUTERS)
Luis Suarez will be key to Uruguay’s future in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Luis Suarez aims to go out on a high for Uruguay

Luis Suarez, who will probably be playing in his last FIFA World Cup, will look to guide Uruguay to their first world title since 1950.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Himanshu Dhingra
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 08:13 PM IST

Country – Uruguay

Position - Striker

World Cup matches – 8

World Cup goals – 5

The good, the bad and the ugly - one can find it all in Luis Suarez’s eight matches at the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and 2014. From scoring a brilliant brace against South Korea at the 2010 World Cup to put his team in quarter-finals, to the hand ball on the goal line to deny Ghana a certain goal in the quarters.

The worst or the ugliest of all incidents was at the 2014 World Cup when the then 27 year old bit Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini in a group D match in Natal. That episode saw him banned and ended any realistic hopes of going to the later stages of the World Cup.

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Luis Suarez will be looking to make amends for his past deeds at the World Cup in Russia, which may very well be his last, as he will be 35 by the time next edition at Qatar come around.

Any team, no matter how good their midfield or their defense is, needs a quality finisher to become a great team and the former Liverpool man is just that. Even though Uruguay are blessed with a strike force to be envy of, Edinson Cavani can be a bit wayward sometimes and can spurn a lot of chances and even though he scored 10 goals in Uruguay’s qualifying campaign, one would think Luis Suarez as the superior player.

Luis Suarez was pivotal to Uruguay qualifying for the 2018 World Cup relatively comfortably in second place behind Brazil who stormed to the top of table. The former Ajax man scored five goals in 13 matches that he played.

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Suarez has been playing with Cavani for a long time now and the duo have formed a deadly partnership up front. Suarez is more unselfish of the two and can play in clever balls to set up fellow forwards. His intelligence and the way he links up with his team-mates could well decide how far Uruguay go in Russia.

On the club front, it was more of the same for Suarez as his team cantered to another League title and Copa del Rey. Suarez scored 30 goals in those two competitions but a lot of those came in the latter half of the season. In the Champions League it was a bit disappointing for Suarez as he managed to score only in 10 matches as Barcelona exited meekly at the hands of AS Roma.

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