Barcelona ace Luis Suarez reveals his attacking role models

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The Uruguayan star has highlighted which two strikers have inspired him the most.

Luis Suarez has hit top form at the most crucial of times for Barcelona. Two goals and a stellar display at the Parc des Princes last week in the Champions League, were followed by another important strike over the weekend against Valencia in La Liga.

Ahead of the Champions League second-leg against PSG on Wednesday, at his preview press conference via the official FC Barcelona website, given the quality of his performances, Suarez admitted: "I'm in the sweetest of moments. I feel I'm helping, and I am happy about that."

However, playing down the significance of his own contributions, Suarez was keen to point out: "The most important thing is that the team is on the right path and keeps progressing until the end of season."

Part of the most potent attacking trio in football right now, the 28-year-old highlighted: "It's a privilege to share the dressing room with Messi and Neymar and all three of us are aware that we must work for the benefit of the group."

Whilst he's currently surrounded by a vast array of world-class talent, Suarez was also asked about other players who have influenced his game.

Choosing two legendary strikers of the past, the former Liverpool star understandably highlighted a fellow countryman as one he looked up to in childhood: "As a Uruguayan, obviously, Enzo Francescoli."

The iconic former Uruguay international has inspired a number of top players, not least Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, who even named one of his sons, Enzo, out of his admiration for the footballing talents of Francescoli.

As for the one player who stands out above anyone else, when it comes to how Suarez has tried to shape his own footballing abilities, he simply revealed: "Batistuta. He was a very distinct number nine and never stood still."

One of the outstanding traits of Suarez is his movement off the ball. An ability to find himself space and time, to cause rival defences such a problem and strike so lethally.

That's something Batistuta was also renown for in his prime, along with being regarded as one of the most complete attacking players of his generation, as Suarez explained: "It's not that I want to be like him, but I have focused on his way of playing."

Controversies aside, Luis Suarez is certainly well on the way to surpassing the exploits of his Argentine icon. He might have some catching up to do internationally with Uruguay still, but at club level, his scoring consistency and ability will put him firmly alongside 'Batigol' in the history books.

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