Luis Suarez: jokes, bites and memes as internet goes wild

The latest Suarez jokes as 'Jaws' row striker appears on social media with fangs and dressed as Hannibal Lecter

Luis Suarez puts his hand to his mouth after biting Giorgio Chiellini
(Image credit: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Social media exploded into life on Tuesday night when, in the dying minutes of the tense World Cup decider between Italy and Uruguay, controversial Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez appeared to do something entirely mad, bad, but perhaps not wholly out of character.

The star striker was seen to sink his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini when the two came together in the box, sparking a wave of tweets and reviving a set of familiar memes. Twitter data reported that in-game mentions of @Luis16Suarez prior to the incident numbered around 100,000. Immediately after the alleged bite, that figure jumped to two million.

Below is a selection of some of the best Suarez jokes, tweets and memes that emerged in the aftermath. Not all of them are new, as Suarez has previous with biting people, as can be seen in the Vine video below...

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The rule of three

Suarez makes his mark on the opposition.

Straight from the horse's mouth

If #Suarez was a horse.— Betfair (@Betfair) June 25, 2014

The question "What kind of horse would Suarez be, if Suarez was a horse" has kept philosophers awake for generations. Now, at last, we have the answer.

It's only a game

It was really a promo for Luis Suarez's new children's game.— Pierre The Pelican (@PelicanPierre) June 24, 2014

Suarez has been known to cash in on his bad-boy image, as he did with this advert released in the build-up to the World Cup. Is this proposed board game taking things too far?

An old friend for dinner

Suarez next match:— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) June 24, 2014

Suarez gets the Hannibal Lecter treatment

Just when you thought it was safe

Let's see some biting memes!! #worldcup #suarez— ChristopherDReed (@Chrisreed619) June 24, 2014

You're gonna need a bigger boat. Also, you really must check out this video.

Italian food

How Suarez sees every opponent's jersey:— DJ Gallo (@DJGalloEtc) June 24, 2014

Chuck, brisket or sirloin, sir?

Make it Count

THREE! Three Suarez bites! AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AAAAAAA!!!!! #WorldCup— Setting the Table (@settingthetable) June 24, 2014

Three nil, Suarez


BLEAH!— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 24, 2014

Does he recuperate after each match in a hyperbaric coffin?


BREAKING: Luis Suarez's Panini Sticker album has been found #suarez #worldcup2014 #jaws— Pro-Direct Soccer US (@ProD_Soccer_US) June 24, 2014

How to complete your collection

Suarez appeal

#Suarez an appeal...— telegraph_sport (@telegraph_sport) June 25, 2014

Can you really walk past this poster without leaving a donation?

You will never walk alone

We still love you @luis16suarez but you need help. We at Liverpool FC, your second family, will stand by you. #YNWA #Suarez— LiverpoolLiverpool (@LFCacManager) June 24, 2014

Good work Luis, no-one's going to want to buy you now! Chiellini had it coming as well #scumbag #YNWA— Michael Shortis (@mikeyshortis) June 24, 2014

Fortunately for Suarez, Liverpool fans are standing by their man.

Hunger Games

Luis Suarez says strikers are hungry, by @Urban_Country— When Saturday Comes (@WSC_magazine) June 26, 2014

An animated insight into the mind of Mr Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz.

Suarez bit my finger

If you enjoyed the cinematic classic Charlie Bit My Finger, you will love this six-second film too.

Be Chewy Luis

PLAY: The Luis Suarez Biting Game Avoid red and yellow cards - they'll slow him down!— Us Vs Them (@UsVsTh3m) June 26, 2014

Bite players! Avoid red cards! Actually, get back to work, procrastinator.

Last word

I guess any part of the body is up for eating.— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) June 24, 2014

Classy Evander Holyfield, the former boxer who feels Chiellini's pain, weighs in with a brilliantly understated one-liner.

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