Luis Suarez marked his first year at Barcelona with a sensational hat-trick that saw his side beat Eibar 3-1 in La Liga on 25 October. The former Liverpool star once again excelled in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi, helping the Catalan outfit into joint top of the table with Real Madrid after their win over Celta Vigo.
Suarez moved to the Nou Camp from Anfield in the summer of 2014 after scoring 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds. The 28-year-old had a slow start to life in La Liga, being unable to make a first team appearance until October of that year following a Fifa ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.
He was off the pace in his opening games for Barca, with some even questioning the £65m ($99.6m) they paid for his services. But Suarez eventually became a crucial player for Luis Enrique, helping the club to their La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.
Suarez finished his first campaign with 25 goals and 23 assists in 42 appearances, including one in the Champions League final against Juventus and a winner in El Clasico. He has continued in a similar vein this season, netting 10 goals and providing 5 assists in the first 14 appearances of the year.
This means that, one year on from his debut for Barca, he has played 57 games, scored 35 goals – including two hat tricks – and provided 29 assists.
Luis Enrique, speaking after the win over Eibar, did not hesitate to praise Suarez for his contributions over the past 12 months. "We know the importance of Luis. What he gives you is invaluable, non-negotiable. If he then finishes in the area, that's great. He is essential and irreplaceable."