Luis Suarez reveals one of his footballing heroes

The Uruguayan used to look up to a talismanic Argentine striker.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed that his earliest footballing hero was Argentinian Gabriel Batistuta.

Suarez is quoted by the Liverpool website saying: “When you are a kid, you want to be like many famous footballers.

“But as I was growing up, there was only one player I looked up to – and that was Batistuta, the Argentine No.9. I always liked his personality and way of playing.”

Batistuta enjoyed a pretty good career wherever he played. He spent a lot of his playing career in his native Argentina before moving to Italy where he also had success.

The Argentine won the league in his own country with River Plate, helped Fiorentina win promotion to the top flight in Italy in 1994 before win the Coppa Italia with them two seasons later. He moved to Roma where he won the Scuddetto in 2001. He was loaned to Inter Milan before finishing his career at Al Arabi.

During his entire senior club career he had a pretty good scoring rate, with 249 goals in 440 matches, whilst having success at international level winning the Copa America twice.

Though Suarez’s career so far has taken a very different path, he could well be onto the same kind of success, certainly in terms of his scoring record, having scored 31 Premier League goals this season for Liverpool, taking his total to 82 goals in 133 appearances.

Whether he will be able to add a league title in Liverpool to his CV, like his hero did in Italy will be another matter – having already won the Copa America title with his native Uruguay.

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