Luis Suarez was a deserved winner of the 2013-14 PFA Player of the Year award after an excellent season leading the line for Liverpool.
Although his performances on the pitch were breathtaking, the tempestuous forward put previous misdemeanours and disciplinary problems behind him in a campaign to remember.
However, as the World Cup quickly approaches, the English football audience that have been so captivated by Suarez’s performances on Merseyside will have to band together as the Three Lions take on the Reds forward in their Group D match-up with Uruguay.
Although Suarez has the obvious ability to hurt Roy Hodgson’s men with his skill, speed and eye for goal, should the South American striker be embroiled in any controversy during the game, the way he is viewed in England will quickly change.
The situation has the potential to be similar to Cristiano Ronaldo’s villainous performance for Portugal in the 2006 World Cup.
The current Ballon d’Or holder played his part in getting Wayne Rooney sent off in England’s match-up with Portugal and subsequently winked at his bench – angering the English public no end.
With Ronaldo given a frosty reception on his return to play for Manchester United, it would be extremely interesting should Suarez turn dramatically from the hero of the Kop to the villain with an act of defiance while playing for Uruguay.