Ryan Giggs: Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are the players all young footballers should aspire to be
Wales manager Ryan Giggs believes young players should look to emulate Uruguay forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani if they want to be successful.
Giggs, who played his entire career at Manchester United, revealed his admiration for the Uruguayan pair who have been prolific for both club and country throughout their entire career.
It does not seem to matter which league or country Suarez and Cavani play in, they always score goals. They have been instrumental to the success of the Uruguayan national team in recent years with La Celeste making it to the World Cup semi-final in 2010 where they eventually lost to the Netherlands 3-2.
In 103 appearances for the national team Suarez has hit 53 goals while Cavani has bagged 45 goals in 105 outings.
Giggs believes young players should aspire to be like the pair and thinks those starting out on a career in football can learn a lot from the frontmen.
“In one of the team meetings I showed clips of Suarez and Cavani to show that if you want to be top, top players, this is what you have to do,” the Wales national team coach said on ITV’s coverage of the World Cup quarter-final between Uruguay and France.
“They have unbelievable ability but this is how you have work if you want to be the best.”
Suarez started his career with Nacional in his home country before moving to Europe with Dutch side Groningen. His ability with the Green and White Army led to interest from Ajax whom he joined in 2007 after hitting 15 goals in 37 games with Groningen.
While at Ajax he quickly grabbed the attention of bigger clubs thanks to his goalscoring exploits which saw him net 111 goals in 159 games for the Amsterdam club including 49 in just 48 games during the 2009/10 campaign.
He joined Liverpool in 2011 for £22.8m. He almost helped the Reds to the Premier League title in 2014 with 31 goals in the league. He joined Barcelona that summer and has continued to be prolific in Spain with 152 goals in 198 games for the Catalonian.
Cavani has had similar success in Europe with Palermo and Napoli in Italy and Paris Saint-Germain in France where he has helped them to four league titles since signing in 2013.
Uruguay lost in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday, beaten 2-0 by France thanks to goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann.