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'Suarez is ageing well like Messi & Ronaldo' - Recoba hails 'one of the best in history'

6:44 AM EDT 8/8/19
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The Barcelona striker is considered to have altered his game in recent years but, like two five-time Ballon d'Or winners, has remained a top talent

Luis Suarez has been likened to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by fellow Uruguayan Alvaro Recoba, with the Barcelona striker considered to be ageing in style.

A prolific frontman will turn 33 during the 2019-20 campaign and can be considered to be approaching the end of a distinguished career.

He is, however, showing no sign of slowing down, with another 25 goals recorded across all competitions last season.

Suarez remains one of the very best in the business, while Recoba has billed him as an all-time great.

A man who once turned out in Europe for Serie A giants Inter sees no reason why a fellow countryman cannot remain at the top for the foreseeable future.

He admits that Suarez has altered his game somewhat but, like a pair of five-time Ballon d’Or winners, has found a way of ensuring that none of his quality has eroded over time.

Recoba said of Suarez: “It’s a question of age. I’m not just talking about Luis here. It’s the same with Messi, his team-mate who's of a similar age, also Cristiano, who’s a little older.

“They’ve all adapted to their changing physical capabilities, and the changing speed.

“Today Messi isn’t the same player he was 10 years ago. Now he can’t pick up the ball and run through the whole opposition team 10 times a game. He has to play differently.

“I think Luis plays differently today too. You know? Running a little less, less distance, but he still scores goals.

“Luis’ consistent goalscoring record season after season is incredible.

“So look, it’s normal to have to change your style as you get older. But he’s without doubt Uruguay’s greatest-ever striker and definitely one of the best in the history of football, too.”

Suarez has plundered 177 goals across his 247 appearances for Barcelona to date.

Prior to moving to Camp Nou, he was a talismanic presence at Liverpool and Ajax.

More of the same will be expected from him in 2019-20, especially as mercurial club colleague Messi is currently nursing a calf complaint.

It remains to be seen when the Argentine superstar will be back in action, but Barca have moved to ensure that they have plenty of attacking cover, with Suarez having been joined in Catalunya this summer by World Cup-winning forward Antoine Griezmann.