How ex-Ahly coach inspired me - Suarez


Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has revealed how an ex-Al Ahly coach inspired him to achieve his superstar status in football.

Suarez, 34, is widely considered as one of the greatest strikers of his generation and despite being deemed surplus to requirement at FC Barcelona he's now bounced back with their LaLiga rivals.

Since completing a free transfer to Diego Simeone's side, Suarez has showcased his goalscoring prowess as he currently leads the LaLiga scoring charts with 16 goals in 19 games.

And he admits he never say die attitude and ability to find that net which has made his a global icon at some of Europe's biggest club's steams from something former Red Devils coach Martin Lasarte told him as a teenager.

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"I'm one of those players who has always characterised himself as being stubborn," Suarez told ESPN. "When I try something two, three, four times and it doesn't work out.

"I'm not one of those players who will let their head drop, who will disappear. I'll keep trying, because I've been that way since I was a kid.

"I used to get criticised when I was 18 years old and the coaches I had, like Martin Lasarte, used to say: 'Don't look at the goals that the 18-year old kid is missing, if he misses seven or eight.

"Focus on the fact that he's still trying a third time, or a fourth time. That's what will make him go far.' Those words stayed with me and I will be like that, I am like that."

Lasarte coached Suarez at Nacional in the 2005/06 season before he made his breakthrough in Europe with Eredivisie side FC Groningen.

Over the past 15 years since leaving his home country, Suarez has netted a staggering 422 in 636 games across all competitions.

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