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Suarez, Cavani... Nunez? Why Uruguay's new striking sensation 'will be the best in the world'


For the last decade Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have ruled the roost in the Celeste attack, taking the nation to three consecutive World Cup knockout rounds as well as victory in the 2011 Copa America.


The native of the impoverished riverside Barrio Pirata failed in his first trial with Penarol but later succeeded thanks to the efforts of former Uruguay star Jose Perdomo, who took the 15-year-old to Montevideo to join elder brother Junior in the club's youth academy.


Nunez decided to keep working at the Manya, and his persistence paid off when he made his first-team debut in November 2017, aged 18, coming off the bench for ex- Liverpool , Atletico and Argentina star Maxi Rodriguez.


The youngster's first season in Spain proved a stunning success as he netted 16 goals in 32 Segunda Division games to finish fourth in the top scorer rankings, with Almeria narrowly missing out on promotion.


He then needed just over 20 minutes to steer a brilliant long-range effort past David Ospina to put the World Cup qualifier beyond doubt and take his Uruguay tally to two in three appearances.


The likes of Abel Hernandez, Santiago Garcia and Giorgian De Arrascaeta have all been labelled as possible successors in the past, while Celta hotshot Maxi Gomez is another big hope for the future, only missing out on November's qualifiers through injury.






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