"Better than Messi and Ronaldo" - international team mate lauds Liverpool star

Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez has labelled team mate and Liverpool star Luis Suarez as the best player in the world.

Reds striker Suarez enjoyed a stunning season on Merseyside, racking up 31 goals and 12 assists to become many people's choice as the best player in the Premier League. The former Ajax man was the star of the show as Liverpool rose from seventh place in 2013 to second place just a year later, but his superb performances attracted interest from elsewhere.

Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the 27-year-old forward, but Suarez's focus - for now at least - will be on the World Cup in Brazil this summer, where he will be Uruguay's big hope for the tournament. They face off against Italy, Cost Rica and of course England in Group D, where Suarez will be hoping to put one over on his Liverpool team mates Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.

Ahead of the tournament, Suarez's international team mate Rodriguez says that the Liverpool star is the best player in the world. The Atletico Madrid winger, who takes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo domestically every season, says Suarez is even better than those two players - who are widely considered to be the best two players in the world.

"Suarez is the best player in the world," said Rodriguez. "And I’m not saying that because I’m Uruguayan and so is he. As far as I’m concerned Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are a notch or so below Suarez. He has demonstrated it for club and country. Messi and Ronaldo are not as good for their countries as for their clubs."

"Everyone loves him in the squad. He is a rebel on the pitch who fights for every ball but that is what we love about him in Uruguay. We hate to lose at anything, we want to win - so his will to win makes him a good Uruguayan," added the 28-year-old.

With the game against England on the horizon, Suarez will be hoping to dump Roy Hodgson's men out of the tournament - and in doing so, prove that he deserves to be in the conversation with Messi and Ronaldo at the top of the game.

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