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Luis Suarez joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in 500-goal club

Luis Suarez is the only player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned La Liga's "Pichichi" or top scorer in the last decade.

Luis Suarez file photo, Image credit: Facebook/Luis Suarez
By Arnab Mukherji | Mar 22, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez on Sunday scored his 500th career goal against Alaves in a La Liga encounter, joining an illustrious list including superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo leads the list of active footballers who have scored 500 or more career goals, having accumulated 770 goals so far. Messi is the second name on the list, with 732 goals to his credit. Swedish maverick attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who currently represents AC Milan is placed on the third spot. Ibrahimovic has smashed 546 goals during his long career where he has represented numerous clubs.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandoski is the fourth name on the list with 516 goals, with Suarez rounding off the top five players. The 34-year-old is the first-ever Uruguayan footballer to have reached the 500 career goals landmark.

The striker reached this historic milestone, with consistent performances for the seven teams he has represented so far. Suarez smashed 198 goals for FC Barcelona, the most he has scored for any team. The 34-year-old accumulated 111 goals at Netherlands club AFC Ajax, with 82 scored while representing Liverpool in the Premier League.

Suarez has recorded 63 goals for his national team Uruguay, emerging as a top performer alongside Edinson Cavani. The striker has scored 19 goals so far for Atletico Madrid, 15 for Eredivisie club FC Groningen and 12 for Club Nacional de Football which is based in Uruguay.

The 34-year-old made his professional debut on May 3, 2005 for Club Nacional de Football at the age of 16. This was followed by moves to Dutch sides Groningen and Ajax. Suarez finished as Eredivisie’s top scorer in the 2009/10 season with 35 goals, which earned him a move to Liverpool FC in January 2011.

The striker inherited the No. 7 shirt, emerging as one of the most prominent attackers in the Premier League in the 2013/14 season. Suarez’s excellent performances earned him a move to FC Barcelona where he spent six seasons, winning a lot of silverware.

The 34-year-old joined Atletico Madrid in summer 2020, and has made his presence felt in the current ongoing season.



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