Enigmatic and controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick for Uruguay as they came from two goals down to beat Chile 6-4 in a recent friendly, and he did it all wearing a pair of rugby boots!
Suarez, who will join Edinson Cavani and Egidio Arevalo Rios as the three over-age players in the Uruguay U-23 team for the upcoming London Olympics, donned adidas’ RS7 Pro boots for the clash against their fellow South Americans, a boot designed specifically for Rugby players. The lightest of all adidas’ rugby specific boots, the RS7’s are part of the adiZero range, and provide stability and support for short, sharp changes in direction.
Completing his hat-trick just minutes in to the second spell Suarez, who normally favours adidas F50 boots, was substituted after an hour, but displayed more than enough to make newly appointed Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers’ mouth water.
Rodgers is reportedly looking to tie Suarez in to a new, long term and highly lucrative contract to stay at Anfield, the player’s ability to court controversy seemingly having little effect on his marketability.
Accusations of racial abuse directed at Manchester United’s Patrice Evra were certainly not the first time the feisty South American found himself the subject of contentious debate, having been known in Holland as the ‘Cannibal of Ajax’ after biting an opposition player on the shoulder in a match against PSV.
But his ability to find the back of the net is unquestionable, and his move to Liverpool coincided with the famous club improving their league position from a lowly 12th to a respectable 6th in quick time, a fact which has no doubt endeared him greatly to the Anfield faithful.