Luis Suarez hails Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez as ‘one of the strikers in the world’

'I applaud him for what he is doing.'

Luis Suarez hails Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez as ‘one of the strikers in the world’
Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (L) and Uruguay's forward Darwin Nunez acknowledge the crowd at the end of the 2026 FIFA World Cup South American qualification football match between Uruguay and Bolivia at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo
Luis Suarez says Darwin Nunez is one of the best strikers in the world (AFP via Getty)

Luis Suarez has labelled Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez as one of the best striker’s in the world after Uruguay’s 3-0 win against Bolivia on Tuesday.

Nunez scored twice in the victory which has put Uruguay second in the South American World Cup qualifying group behind Argentina.

Nunez also found the net in Uruguay’s 2-0 win against Argentina last Friday, while Suarez replaced the Liverpool striker as a second-half substitute in both games.

Suarez, who turns 37 in January, insists he is ‘happy ‘very happy’ with his reduced role for Uruguay, claiming that he is back-up to ‘one of the best No.9s in the world’ in Nunez.

‘I am in a role that leaves me very happy, trying to help with whatever I have to,’ said Suarez.

‘I have one of the best No.9s in the world in front of me today, which is Darwin.

Uruguay's Darwin Nunez celebrates scoring his side's 3rd goal against Bolivia during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup 2026 at Centenario stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay
Darwin Nunez scored twice in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on Tuesday (AP)

‘The group needs him as he is performing and the only thing I have to do is contribute in what I have to and applaud him for what he is doing.’

When told about Suarez’s claim that he is one of the world’s best strikers, Nunez said: ‘Hearing that he praises me makes me very happy.

‘The best striker, for me, is him, you have to enjoy him in the moments he is with us.

‘He’s one of the best No.9s in the history of Uruguay and you have to enjoy him.’

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