Luis Suarez kissed his ring finger, then his wrist, hopped up, and pumped a fist. It was the third time that afternoon that he got to deploy his goal celebration ritual, having curled yet another shot past John Ruddy from the edge of the box. That made it 4-0 to Liverpool, on its way to a slump-busting 5-2 win over Norwich City on Sept. 29.
Yet following the game, the talk wasn't of the 25-year-old Uruguayan's hat-trick, which rocketed him up to second place in the Premier League goalscoring charts, it was about a penalty that he had earned but wasn't awarded. His manager, Brendan Rodgers, said he worried that Suarez was being discriminated against on account of his reputation.
He's probably right to. Suarez's persona is separated into two incongruous elements. He is tantalizingly talented and perhaps the most dynamic forward in the game. Yet he's also its most controversial player.
There blazes a competitive fire within Suarez that is both terrifying and awesome. He rages about...