Alfredo Morelos was handed his first Colombia start on Tuesday as his national side went head-to-head with South Korea at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
It was fitting that, on a landmark day for the young striker, a Rangers hero compared him to a striker who has been considered the world’s best at various points in his career.
Rangers’ star man seldom stays out of the headlines for too long and Tuesday was no exception. Carlos Quieroz handed him his first start for Colombia before he was replaced by James Rodriguez at half-time.
It was the latest achievement in his budding career and one which was thoroughly deserved given his form in Scotland this season.
With 29 goals and 11 assists to his name in all-competitions this season, it’s fair to say that the decision to sign Morelos in 2017 was a cunning masterstroke, but the Gers were not the only side who were aware of his talent during his time at HJK Helsinki.
Indeed, according to Ibrox hero Michael Mols, he actually scouted the attacker for Utrecht before he moved to Glasgow, but the Dutch side were priced out of a potential deal, per Evening Times.
And Mols delivered an eye-catching verdict on the 22-year-old by comparing him to Barcelona’s Luis Suarez.
“He was very dangerous in the box and I compare him to Luis Suarez.
“They are both from South America and you can see the similarities in his temperament and character which shines through in his game.”
For both Morelos and Suarez, the key to their success lies within their ability to channel a natural aggression into a positive footballing performance.
The Uruguay international has added an entirely new dimension to the role of pantomime villain during his career by embodying the spirit of Dracula before thrusting his fangs into an opponent, but aside from a few moments of lunacy he has been a consistently phenomenal player.
Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique labelled him as “the best No 9 in the world” in April 2017, and rightly so.
On his day Suarez is simply unplayable both on and off the ball, with his power, never-say-die attitude and clinical finishing ability forming the backbone of his achievements in the game.
Morelos will struggle to enjoy a comparable level of success which has seen his fellow South American win three La Liga titles, four Copa Del Rey’s, the Champions League and more, but he could climb high in European football if he uses his temperament effectively.
Morelos’ hotheadedness could actually be a blessing in disguise; Suarez’s scintillating career attests to that.