Luis Suarez is one of the most polarizing figures in the soccer world. The Uruguayan International is still remembered for an intentional handball against Ghana during extra time in the 2010 World Cup. Ghana would miss the ensuing penalty kick and Uruguay ultimately advanced to the semifinals.
In league play Suarez faced discipline for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra in 2011 and then refused to shake his hand later that season. There is also not just one, but two biting incidents on his resume.
But this season has been about on-field excellence. With 30 goals in just 30 games, Suarez has enjoyed the most prolific goal-scoring campaigns in recent memory. The single-season record for a 38-game season is 32 goals, with the Premier League record being 34 goals when the season was 42 games.
Teammate and England striker Daniel Sturridge has 20 goals himself, but missed last weekend’s game at Norwich with a hamstring injury. Captain Steven Gerrard is third with 13 scores, and 19-year old Raheem Sterling has added nine tallies.