Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Almeria during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Juegos Mediterraneos stadium in Almeria December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francisco Bonilla
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Is it any wonder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi still set the goal-standard in football?Luis Suarez stepped up from Liverpool to Barcelona but has yet to raise his own game.Although Suarez has five assists in 10 games and his reputation doubtless unsettles defenders, which helps Messi and Neymar, the 81 million euro (then $110 million) outlay was intended to guarantee goals.Although mostly deployed from the bench, the 4 million-pound ($6 million) Englishman has not been the impact substitute desired as reflected by his record of two goals in 18 games.While Suarez contributed 31 goals in all competitions last season as Liverpool finished second, Balotelli resembles the Barca Suarez – with no league goals for a team enduring its worst start in 50 years.However, Liverpool's hopes of revitalizing Balotelli have been only as ineffective as Milan's with former Anfield favorite Fernando Torres.Chelsea had enough when it offloaded the Spaniard on an unusually long two-year loan to Milan after only 20 goals in 110 league appearances.Alexis Sanchez has 14 goals in four months for Arsenal and Diego Costa has two fewer for Chelsea.
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