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Ex-Arsenal striker: Suarez can do more than Messi, better than Ronaldo

Davor Suker has claimed Luis Suarez can do more with the football than Lionel Messi.

Earlier today, HITC Sport writer Alan Dawson presented his view that Luis Suarez is the closest the Premier League has to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is an assessment shared by a man who knows a thing or two about playing at the top level, 1998 Ballon d'Or third placed player Davor Suker.

The Croatian left Real Madrid to sign for Arsenal in 1999, and also knows just how tricky the Premier League can be, failing to blossom during his spell in North London.

He has given his backing to Luis Suarez of Liverpool, rating him higher than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Suker told Italian radio: "The best strikers playing now? Messi is number one, two - Ibrahimovic & Suarez, three - Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Neither Suarez or Ibrahimovic get attention, but they probably do more with the ball than Messi or Cristiano can."

His dismissal of Ronaldo may not have everybody agreeing, but Suarez is certainly making more and more of a case to be considered alongside the very best. His international teammate Diego Lugano also described him earlier this year as better than Ronaldo.

The closest analogy we can consider it too is men's tennis. For years Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were considered to be at a stratospheric level above all their competitors, winning every Grand Slam.

But sooner or later competitors catch-up, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray stating their own cases over the past two years.

Now we are not suggesting either Ronaldo or Messi's best days are behind them, far from it - but minds should not be closed that just because these two have been the best players in the world previously and for so long, that they automatically still are - judged on past reputation rather than form.

Neither stood out during the weekend's Clasico, and if Zlatan and Suarez continue to hit heights, and Ronaldo and Messi do not kick on between now and the end of the year, those calling for a 'new world order' of the world's best footballers, will only have more ammunition.

What do you make of Suker's rankings, and how would you list the four?

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