London 2012

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is no stranger to controversy, with his bad behaviour sometimes overshadowing his football.

The Uruguay international arrived on Merseyside from Ajax in January 2010 and initially warmed himself to the hearts of the Reds faithful with a goal in front of the Kop on his debut.

Things have run far from smoothly for the 25-year-old since that bow but he has continued to show his scoring prowess, netting 17 goals in 39 appearances last season.

Fascinating facts:

  • Suarez is nicknamed 'El Pistolero' which translates as 'The Gunfighter'
  • He finished the 2009-10 campaign as the Eredivisie's top scorer with 49 goals in all competitions for Ajax. He was also named Dutch Footballer of the Year

Suarez's strike-rate might have been even more prolific had he not been banned for eight matches in the middle of the season after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a meeting in the middle of October.

That incident was not the first controversy the striker has found himself embroiled in, having truly announced himself on the scene with his infamous 'Hand of God' moment at the 2010 World Cup - an episode which unfortunately overshadowed his impressive performance at the tournament.

Later that year Suarez was hit with a suspension while still at Ajax after biting the shoulder of then PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal.

Despite his tarnished reputation, the frontman has proven himself a key performer for Uruguay as well as the Reds, not only at the World Cup two years ago but also during a sensational Copa America campaign last summer.

In six matches he had 16 shots at goal, eight on target and eight off target resulting in four goals, including the opener in the final against Paraguay. His country lifted the trophy and Suarez was crowned player of the tournament.

Uruguay will be hoping Suarez can produce a similarly emphatic showing at this summer's Olympics after being named as one of three over-age players.

With the country drawn against Great Britain in Group A of the tournament, the striker will pit his talents against some familiar faces from the Premier League.

And Suarez does have talent in abundance - boasting great technical ability and a powerful shot.

A small, quick dribbler, the striker is well-known for his tricky runs and energetic style of play.

The Uruguayan will be looking to put those assets to good use as he leads his country's line alongside Edinson Cavani.

Luis Suarez

  • DOB: 24/01/87
  • Club: Liverpool
  • Position: Forward