Liverpool star Suarez can be Messi and Ronaldo's superior but only in one year - why?

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Liverpool star more efficient than Ballon d'Or top three Lionel Messi of Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Franck Ribery at Bayern Munich.

When it comes to minutes per goal scored or assist provided, Luis Suarez is out-performing the consensus top two players in world football - Barcelona's career forward Lionel Messi and Real Madrid legend-in-the-making Cristiano Ronaldo.

There has long been a debate over whom is the better out of the La Liga pair, with Messi seemingly overtaken by the former Manchester United star Ronaldo, according to the latest Ballon d'Or ranking.

Ronaldo did indeed have a phenomenal 2013 and his season to date has seen him return 28 goals with ten assists - a strike efficiency of one goal scored every 62.5 minutes on average.

Messi has been in equally exceptional form, with 25 strikes and 11 assists to show for his efforts in Spain's Primera Division - an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or set-up once every 56.8 minutes on average.

Suarez tops them both.

Having netted 29 times and supplied 21 assists, Suarez has a strike efficiency of a goal or assist every 52 minutes he is on a Premier League pitch.

Incredibly, this has dwindled over the past five to ten matches, as his average just last month was every 46 minutes.

Suarez is a lock for the player of the year awards in Britain and Liverpool are on course for banking a Premier League crown.

Both player and club need to improve considerably if they want to hold their own amongst the best in Europe. The fact that Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal underwhelmed as much as they did in the Champions League is testament to a: the strength abroad and b: the over-hyping of English clubs from the national media.

HITC: Sport even recently looked at the claim the Premier League is over-rated.

The only way to really assess whether Suarez is the best footballer on the planet is if he replicates his form in England to Europe.

After all, The Champions League is really where Ronaldo excels, scoring or setting a goal up once every 39 minutes - that's more than twice per game. Messi, meanwhile, lags far behind his Portuguese rival, as he effects the scoreline just once every 70 minutes.

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