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Liverpool: Is Suarez Better Than Ronaldo & Messi?

Liverpool: Is Suarez Better Than Ronaldo & Messi?

Statistics suggest that in-form Reds striker Luis Suarez is comfortably out performing lauded duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi this season...

As expected, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was last night crowned as the world's best player for a second time as he lifted FIFA's Ballon d'Or.

The announcement brings to an end Lionel Messi's run of scooping the accolade for four consecutive years.

But, are the much heralded duo really the best in the world as the general consensus would suggest?

Certainly, in terms of consistency over the past few years, it is very hard to disagree. Both are truly phenomenal players.

For me, this season is a completely different story however.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez, who was on the original 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist, is giving the pair a real run for their money and, on the face of it, surpassing them.

OPTA Stats based on 2013-14 league fixtures

SuarezRonaldoMessi
Appearances
16
18
12
Goals
22
20
8
Chances created
47
26
20
Assists
5
4
4

Of course the subject is highly subjective with all three having their own strengths and weaknesses, not to mention the fact they play for different teams across two different countries.

One thing that most spectators will agree on though is; out of the three clubs - Barcelona, Real Madrid and Liverpool - the Reds are the weakest.

That factor, alongside the general feeling that the Premier League has a greater strength in depth than La Liga, make Suarez's statistics all the more impressive.

The Uruguayan has scored more goals, created more chances and produced more assists than both Ronaldo and Messi, who admittedly has had a couple of injury issues this term.

His goal scoring tally of 22 is particularly impressive given the 26-year-old doesn't take penalties and vary rarely scores anything other than spectacular strikes.

The hope, from a Liverpool perspective at least, is that the former Ajax man can continue his fine form during the second half of the season and fire the Reds into the Champions League.

Suarez is very unlikely to remain at Anfield without the lure of Europe's premier club competition and, should they miss out, there is every chance that he will join Ronaldo and Messi in Spain next season.

With the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Ribery around, Suarez didn't even make the FIFA World X1 this time around (no Premier League based player did).

Sustaining his current level over the course of the next 12 months, not to mention staying out of trouble with the authorities, is clearly going to be difficult but doing so will surely make Suarez impossible to ignore when the 2014 ceremony rolls around?

FIFA World X1 2013
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)



Do you agree that Luis Suarez is currently performing better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and can win the Ballon d'Or next time around? Let us know your thoughts below...



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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Tuesday January 14 2014
Time: 12:00PM

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