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Luis Suarez On Ballon d'Or & Real Madrid

Luis Suarez says that there are three players more deserving of the Ballon d’Or than him this year.

The Liverpool striker is generally regarded as one of the best players in the world, and has made the 23-man shortlist for the prize.

But he admits that it is likely to go to one of three players who have enjoyed and exceptional last 12 months in football.

 "I feel very proud to be on Fifa's shortlist for the Ballon d'Or, but I can think of a number of other players who had a more impressive year,” Suarez told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 on Sunday.

"If I had to choose, I'd go for Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ribery."

 Meanwhile, Suarez has denied reports that he could join Real Madrid in January.

He led the Reds on a merry song and dance during the previous transfer window, when he flirted first with Los Blancos, and then with Arsenal.

Liverpool maintained that Suarez was not for sale, especially to a Premier League rival.

But reports in the Spanish media claim that a cash plus Karim Benzema deal could see Suarez grace the Bernabeu for the second half of the season.

Suarez however, says that he will be a Liverpool player after January, and hopes to enjoy a successful season at Anfield.

"In the team [Liverpool] we are all really excited, looking forward and looking forward to a good season,” he said.

"The Premier League is the best league there is. The stadiums, the atmosphere and the fans make football here so entertaining."

Suarez was unable to help Liverpool beat Arsenal at the weekend, but the club remains in contention for a top-four finish this season.

And manager Brendan Rodgers remains adamant that he will be the one unleashing the striker’s formidable talent for the foreseeable future.

"For me, this is the place for Luis. I still maintain that even if we were in mid-table this would be the place for him to be because this is a massive club - a global institution,” Rodgers said.

"But as a football club and as a team we are growing - and he can grow with us. Luis has the support of everyone at the club and the love of everyone and because this is a worldwide institution, there is no better place for him to grow."

'Luis Suarez Makes The Difference'


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