Luis Suarez, who gained notoriety for biting an opponent for a third time during the ongoing World Cup tournament in Brazil, may currently be banned from all FIFA-regulated football but that does not prevent him from dominating the headlines.
In Spain, former captain and defensive stalwart Carles Puyol, 36, has praised the Liverpool forward and stated that it is extremely difficult to play against him having had experience of this during his international career with Spain.
"I've played against him and he is very difficult to mark," said Puyol, as quoted by MARCA.
Suarez had a mixed World Cup. There was the good - his two goal heroics versus England, the bad - his injury which kept him out of Uruguay's 3-1 loss to Costa Rica and the ugly - his biting of Giorgio Chiellini.
This, after a domestic campaign in England that saw him return a goal (31 in total) or assist (12 in total) every 68 minutes he was on a Premier League field in cumulative performances so high on quality that it attracted admiring glances from Barcelona, where Puyol remains employed as he is assistant to the director of football.
Suarez is "a great striker," he concluded.