MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - NOVEMBER 20:  Luis Suarez of Uruguay runs with the ball during leg 2 of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Uruguay and Jordan at Centenario Stadium Stadium on November 20, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay.  (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

4 Reasons Why Luis Suarez Can Be Uruguay's Diego Maradona in Brazil

Any player, on his day, is capable of single-handedly winning a football match. But only a select few are capable of doing it so consistently that it becomes expected of them. Suarez is currently one of those players, along with others such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. They are undoubtedly world-class players. 

But there's a level above world-class that, arguably, only one player has ever reached – his name is Diego Maradona. To reach his level, you have to (virtually) single-handedly win a World Cup for your country, as Maradona did for Argentina in 1986. And if Luis Suarez can recover from his recent knee-surgery in time, he's in a great position to replicate the great man's achievements.

Here's 4 reasons why.

1. He Possesses the Fear Factor

Normally, defenders are concerned with not being beaten but when Suarez is bearing down on them, that becomes secondary to not being embarrassed.

Rolling the ball through players legs with consummate ease, wriggling through a sea of defenders, finding gaps where there seemingly are none and pinching the ball away when it looks as if danger has surely been averted - these are all features of Suarez's game that regularly have defenders hanging their heads in shame.

Suarez's uncanny knack of scoring when he simply has no right to means that his reputation precedes him. And that could prove to be half the battle won for both Suarez and Uruguay.

2. He'll Do Anything to Give Uruguay an Upper Hand

It's easy for people – Liverpool supporters, in particular – to ignore Suarez's dirtier side and instead concentrate on his abundant talent and skill. In fairness, the fiery Uruguayan showed vastly improved restraint this past season. 

But will he show the same level of restraint when playing for his country or will his burning desire to win at all costs see him biting, punching and handling his way to victory? Suarez's compatriot, Gus Poyet is going with the latter.


He warns, 'We (Uruguay) will do whatever it is, to stop you... We are proud of that... You need to pay extra attention to Suarez.'

There's an idea for Uruguay's opposition to chew on.

3. He's at the Peak of His Powers

At age 27 and with 31 goals and 13 assists in 33 games for Liverpool this season, it's hard (and a little frightening) to imagine Suarez becoming much better than he is now. 

Suarez is now a far more commanding presence than he was at the last World Cup, boasting the invaluable experience and composure that comes with 77 international caps while still retaining his pace and his competitive edge.

In addition, Suarez's self-belief is likely at an all-time high after being named PFA Player of the Year, the Football Writers' Player of the Year and the FTBpro PFA Fan Player of the Season.

4. He Can Handle the Pressure of Being His Team's Great Hope

This is where Luis Suarez may have the edge over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The latter two, who are accustomed to playing within star-studded club teams, will likely be faced with less favourable conditions when they play with their respective countries.

For Suarez, being so heavily relied upon in a team that is sub-spectacular (bar a few exceptions like Edison Cavani and Diego Forlan) won't require much adjustment: he thrives in a very similar situation for Liverpool.

Suarez's ability to catalyse the success of a previously mediocre team has already drawn comparisons with Maradona's achievements for club and country.

None of these winning attributes will matter, of course, if Suarez isn't fit in time for the World Cup. All evidence, however, suggests that he will be ready, with the latest report from Uruguay's team doctor stating that Suarez will most likely play in their opener against Costa Rica. 

This is perhaps a bold claim but given Luis Suarez's sheer determination, his burning desire to win and his unadulterated love of the game, it's a claim that's difficult to ignore.

Teams of the World Cup, beware – El Pistolero is getting ready to fire... and he's aiming at you.