Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted his surprise at not being included on the shortlist of 23 players for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
However, the Uruguay international has vowed he will not make an issue of his snub, which has been described as “political” by former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard’s comments relate to the disciplinary problems that resulted in Suarez being suspended for four months after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
Speaking for the first time about the issue, Suarez hinted he was frustrated, but stopped short of criticising governing body FIFA.
“Everyone brings it to attention, as Gerard Pique said, and what he told me is that they voted me as the best player in the most difficult league in the world, or one of the most difficult,” Suarez told Spanish radio station RAC1.
“I was also the highest goalscorer of all of the European leagues. But I prefer to keep quiet before saying things because every time that I speak there could be a problem.”
Suarez is preparing to face his former club Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday night having yet to score for Barcelona since his ban was lifted two weeks ago, but he is confident the goals will start to flow soon.
While Suarez has still to score for his new club, the 27-year-old has enjoyed playing beside Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
“The coach knows where to use the players. I play in any attacking position. I already did it at Liverpool and Ajax,” Suarez said.
“It is a privilege to play alongside Leo, even if people are doubting him. We all know what type of player he is, the Ballon d’Ors that he has. The same with Xavi, Andres. We have to work with each other more.”
Suarez was also asked whether he had ever considered signing for Real Madrid during the summer.
“There were conversations but not at any moment did I feel close to the white club,” he added.
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