Luis Suarez's international team-mate Edinson Cavani had the highest of praises for the Liverpool forward after his four goal haul in the Anfield club's 5-1 bashing of Norwich City on Wednesday, December 4, claiming that they were 'all of the highest quality' yet still completely unsurprising due to his exceptional talent.
The price tag of that talent remains a topic of fierce debate. Arsenal believed he was worth £40m+£1 and did not return with a higher bid over the summer, transfermarkt.co.uk have him valued at £37m which, of course, would be a bargain considering the form he is now, particularly when Kop hero John Aldridge's £90m estimation may be closer to the mark.
Cavani continued, as per the Daily Mail: 'I don’t know his future – but if he is sold I am sure Liverpool will want a world-record fee for him. The record was broken in the summer [£86m for Gareth Bale] – and for me Luis is at a higher level than that. He is the only player that I think is on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.'
It is particularly high praise from Cavani and, while one may point to a potential bias in his sentiment as they share national allegiances, he is not far off… in fact, Suarez is not just on the level of Ronaldo and Messi, he is out-performing them.
Luis Suarez is the best player in world football right now.
Considering domestic leagues alone, Ronaldo has returned 17 goals and five assists from 14 appearances or 1,223 minutes of Primera Division football for Real Madrid.
Lionel Messi has banked eight goals and four assists from 760 minutes for Barcelona in La Liga.
Suarez, meanwhile, has scored 13 times and provided four assists in 807 minutes of Premier League football for Liverpool.
The Uruguayan, a 26-year-old who has become the bane of Norwich City, has an influence on the scoreline once every 47 minutes… that's almost two goals per game, an incredible feat and something Messi and even Ronaldo do not come close to emulating as the Catalan academy product returns a goal or assist every 63 minutes while Ronaldo nets or provides once per 55 minutes.
Should Liverpool concede defeat in their ability to retain a player of Suarez's calibre then, with at least four, possible even six form years ahead of him, he would prove every penny, whatever the price.
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