(CNN Spanish) — Luis Suárez, considered one of the best strikers today – and one of the most controversial – could play his last World Cup in Qatar. Here, a review of his career with the Uruguayan team.
Suárez debuted in the senior team in 2007, in a match against Colombia. Since then he has played 134 games with the sky blue, according to the statistics of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF). The vast majority were wins: 64, against 39 draws and 30 losses.
Suárez has participated in three World Cups with the national team: 2010, 2014 and 2018. Uruguay’s best performance in this triad was in South Africa 2010, when they reached fourth place after defeating Ghana in the quarterfinals, a game in which Suárez was the protagonist for stopping a ball with his hand that earned him the expulsion but “saved” Uruguay and helped him win the tiebreaker on penalties to go to the semifinals.
In that World Cup Suárez scored two goals in the round of 16 match against South Korea, the most goals he scored in a World Cup match.
In total in the World Cups, Suárez played 13 games and scored seven goals, according to figures from the specialized site Transfermarkt.es. In total with the national team he has scored 68 goals so far. He is the all-time goalscorer for the Uruguayan team.
His best result with the sky-blue was in the 2011 Copa América, which the Uruguayans won. In the 2010-2011 season, precisely, he obtained recognition for the best footballer with the Uruguayan team.
His greatest triumphs are outside the national team. He was five times champion of Spain, four with FC Barcelona and one with Atlético de Madrid; He won four Copas del Rey also with Barcelona and two Spanish Super Cups with the azulgrana. On a personal level, his greatest achievement was in 2016 in the Liga BBVA with FC Barcelona, when he scored 40 goals.
How Luis Suárez arrives at Qatar 2022
The 35-year-old “gunman” recently arrived at Nacional from Uruguay, the same team where he began his professional career before jumping to Europe, where he competed, in addition to the two Spanish clubs, with Groningen, Ajax and Liverpool .
In the World Cup, his team will face Ghana, South Korea and Portugal in the group stage, so we could see a confrontation with another of the most recognized names in football worldwide: Cristiano Ronaldo.
This will also be the first time that Óscar Washington Tabárez, the historic Uruguayan coach who led the team for 15 years, has not directed it. The team is now under the command of Diego Alonso, who took the reins in 2021, while Uruguay played the qualifiers.