He was well on his way to becoming the Premier League’s top goalscorer when he decided to bite Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last month, earning himself a 10-match ban instead of the award.
Instead, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie won the Golden Boot for scoring his 25 goals for the champions this term – no small feat – but whilst the Dutchman thanked his teammates, he should really have nodded to his Uruguayan counterpart who, in effect, handed him the prize by default.
Suarez has scored 23 goals this season for the Reds but has been unavailable to play since April 21st, missing the last four games of the season - which included demolitions of Newcastle and Fulham, with QPR still to come (while a further 6 games of the next season are still to be served).
Van Persie, Suarez and Gareth Bale have been the Premier League best performers this term by a long long way – the former certainly deserves his title-win and the Golden Boot to go with it and the latter took home the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards for his contribution to Tottenham.
Suarez, however, in the words of Ann Robinson, leaves with nothing – in fact, he left the pitch at Anfield in April with his head hung in shame. Personally, I didn’t feel that offended by the biting incident. Many people, including the Prime Minister, were outrage but, in my estimation, it was a storm in a teacup. Let’s face it, we’ve seen worse.
However, where there should be shame and where Suarez only has himself to blame is that Liverpool won’t win anything else this term – their players will take home no medals this Sunday, despite many of them having a fine season under difficult circumstances for much of this season.
The great shame is that, for his goals and his ability, Luis Suarez deserved some recognition of what he has achieved this term – unfortunately, with his behaviour, he shot himself in the foot.