Barcelona’s trip to Paris in the first leg of the last 16 has been described as the ‘Spectacular fight of the goalscorers’ – with both Cavani and Suarez in prolific form for their respective clubs.
Cavani v Suarez
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Less than a month separates the duo by age – while they were also born in the same city of Salto – but Cavani was keen to highlight their differences.
"My relationship with Luis? We come from the same place but we have taken different paths to get to where we are," Cavani told reporters at a pre-match press conference, as quoted by goal.com.
"He left Salto [in Uruguay] when he was young and I stayed there for longer.
"What we have in common is the national team. We are friends and the Celeste is a real family. I have spoken with Luis and we want to represent our country and our city in the best possible way.
"Am I better than him? We are different. Luis is very physical - it is impressive - and he uses his body a lot. I am less physical than him."
Cavani leads the way in Europe’s top five leagues with 25 goals in 23 league matches, while Suarez is joint-third with 18 in 20.
But it’s Suarez who leads the way with international strikes for Uruguay – boasting a record of 47 goals in 90 games compared to Cavani’s rate of 37 in 89.