IT was left to Luis Suarez’s old youth-team coach to provide the most succinct analysis of the demonised striker’s crazed mindset.
It actually came before the Uruguayan man-child dined al fresco on an Italian dish called Giorgio Chiellini in Natal.
Ale Garay, who coached Suarez at Nacional, was right on the money in his view of his compatriot, stating: “I compare him to someone with a tiger at the bottom of their garden.
“You give him the best food, best care, but one day the tiger will open the door and eat you. Why? Because he is still a tiger.”
Whether it is referring to tigers or the old scorpion and frog fable, the interpretation is clear. Individuals ultimately revert to type, and behave in accordance with their true character regardless of their education and despite knowing full well the right course of action.
As an incredulous world processed the events of another Suarezgate, former England captain Alan Shearer stole the thunder of headline writers everywhere when he spoke of the Liverpool striker’s deplorable – insert your own words here – actions when he said ‘Three bites and you’re out’.
After losing his mind in invoking 10- and seven-match bans, respectively, for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in club games in 2013 and 2010, La Pistolero’s attacking gun should remain in its holster for months, never mind games or weeks.
Afraid to say, it is all part of the Suarez experience and ticket.
For every moment of him enriching the footballing canvas, we have witnessed wanton vandalism to destroy a reputation.
Sadly, modern-day World Cups always produce a shocking moment or two; we had the Zinedine Zidane headbutt in 2006 and four years ago there was Nigel de Jong’s assault on Xavi Alonso, again in the blue-riband game.
Further back, we had to endure the disgraceful Argentine performance in the 1990 showpiece and that came four years prior to the most hideous development of all, which was not even on the pitch.
Colombian captain Andrés Escobar was shot dead 10 days after scoring an own goal which led to his country’s exit from the World Cup of 1994.
World Cups not only showcase the best of football and human nature, as this competition has, but also the worst – and now Suarez must accept a need to offer penance.
In 1986, Diego Maradona possessed majestic and irresistible timing to follow his ‘Hand of God’ strike with arguably the best World Cup goal in history. Beast before the beauty.
For Suarez, the order was the other way around, from the sumptuous in Sao Paulo where two sublime goals sank England, to downright notorious in Natal.
If you have to reserve sympathy for anyone, it would be Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez, Suarez’s wife Sofia and his club chief Brendan Rodgers.
Tabarez’s defence of Suarez and a desperate plea for clemency was due to the striker’s standing as his country’s best player – the one player Uruguay can hardly replace.
For Suarez’s other half and Rodgers, there must be a familiar sense of dread and a slightly sick and bereft feeling.
Here we go again. Gracias, Luis.