DURING his time at Ajax, Liverpool and with Uruguay, Luis Suarez had bitten off more than he could chew with several on-the-field controversies.
Scoring 68 goals in 134 games for his country, Suarez has made memories on the pitch but there have also been moments to forget for the controversial figure.
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During his playing career, Suarez’s footballing quality has never been called into question despite some crazy incidents.
The striker made headlines during his time at Ajax, being labelled as a villain for the first time back in 2010.
The forward earned a seven-game suspension after sinking his teeth into PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal, biting his shoulder as his teammates looked on in disbelief.
You’d have thought that Suarez would learn from his mistake, losing his cool as a youngster before earning a move to Liverpool, where he would become one of the best strikers in the world.
But, no, Suarez was at it again in 2013. In an off-the-ball incident, Suarez grabbed Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic’s arm and once again opted for a bite. This time earning him a 10-game suspension.
Surely Suarez was done here and had learned his lesson? No. There was one final bite to follow, and this one on the biggest stage of them all.
During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Uruguay faced Italy and Suarez was at it for a third time.
It appeared to be third time lucky for the forward, who was not punished during the match despite biting Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder and the Italian showing bite marks to the referee.
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This time, the bite earned Suarez a nine-match suspension from FIFA, ending his World Cup campaign and this was the last occasion we saw Suarez bite an opponent, making it the three times in his career.
The Uruguayan will be hoping for a less controversial tournament in 2022 as he looks to go out in style, leaving fans talking about his goal scoring prowess rather than controversial on-the-pitch antics.