Former Liverpool star Luis Suarez has spoken of his recent exclusion to the final 23-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
The Uruguayan international has only made two appearances since departing the Reds for Barcelona in the summer but his form at the back of last season cannot be forgotten.
In 33 Premier League fixtures for Brendan Rodger’s side, Suarez scored a whopping 31 goals – more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
Aside from his incredible goal scoring feat, the 27-year-old contributed greatly as a team player and managed to add an impressive 12 assists too.
With such form, on can only suggest that his misbehaviour and that unsavoury incident at the World Cup has cost his chances of claiming the most prestigious individual award.
When asked how he felt on his exclusion last week Suarez preferred not to divulge the full details but his response to the Spanish publication AS suggests he is a little perplexed by the decision.
“Everyone brings it to attention, as Gerard Piqué said, and what he told me is that they voted me as the best player in the most difficult league in the world, or one of the most difficult.”
“I was also the highest goalscorer of all of the European leagues. But I prefer to keep quiet before saying things because every time that I speak there could be a problem.”
Suarez made his La Liga debut at the Santiago Bernabeu as Barcelona were downed by El Clasico rivals Real Madrid.
He went on to play the full 90 minutes against Celta Vigo at the weekend in his Nou Camp debut but the Catalans were shocked 1-0 making it an unhappy week for the former Kop favourite.