Suarez: Ramos my ‘toughest opponent’

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says Sergio Ramos is 'the toughest opponent' he has faced and hopes to continue his good form in the absence of Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan has been in excellent form of late and netted a hat-trick in the Catalans' 3-1 win over Eibar at the weekend to help Barca keep pace with bitter rivals Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table.

Saurez netted the winner in the Classico against Los Blancos at the Nou Camp last season and the former Liverpool man says it one of his most cherished goals during his first year at the club, due to it coming against World Cup winner Ramos.

"Sergio Ramos is the toughest opponent I have come up against," Suarez is quoted as saying by ESPN.

"He is very strong, has a lot of experience, and is a very competitive player. That is why I value so much the goal I scored against Madrid in the game at the Camp Nou [last season].

"I am very happy with these goals because they helped us to win, while Leo was not there," Suarez added.

"That is very important, because he is our most important player, and to win without him is important for us. Leo is good, he is continuing his recovery and is happy that the team can keep winning even though he is not there."