The 2010 FIFA World Cup

Luis Suarez was named a part of the Uruguay team for the FIFA World Cup in June 2010. However, they had a bad start with a 0-0 draw against France. The Uruguay National team made up for it by winning with a 3-0 score over South Africa in their next game. In the final group match, he managed to head in a goal off a pass. This led him to being named Man of The Match. Uruguay was able to come out top in Group A and move on to the next level with talented players like Suarez being a part of their brilliant team.

In the sixteenth round of the World Cup matches, he scored both goals in the match against South Korea, causing him to be named the Man of the Match again. This win helped Uruguay move forward to the quarterfinals, where they had to face Ghana. However, Suarez made a professional foul during the game by blocking the goal bound ball from Dominic Adiyiah using his hands. This did not prevent Uruguay from beating Ghana by a score of 4-2 however. This led to Suarez referencing the famous Hand of God statement made by Maradona in 1986. Suarez stated that “The Hand of God now belongs to me. Mine is the real Hand of God. ”

Although he committed a professional foul in the match against Ghana, he said that he acted out of instinct and only wanted his team to win. This led to him being suspended for the semi-final game in the World Cup. Uruguay lacking the brilliant striker went on to lose the game against Netherlands. Although Suarez managed to come back for the third position game against Germany, he was booed by the crowd. He helped Cavani score the first goal, but Uruguay ultimately ended up losing by 3-2 to Germany.