Luis Suarez can't believe he isn't on the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or

Former Liverpool striker scored 31 goals last season before £75m move to Barcelona

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been left confused at his Ballon d'Or snub.

The striker scored 31 Premier League goals for Liverpool last season, firing the Reds to an unlikely title challenge that fell just two points short.

Those goals saw him named as joint-winner of the European Golden Shoe, alongside Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as winning multiple individual awards, including being named the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season.

But the 27-year-old was surprisingly left off the 23-man shortlinst for the Ballon d'Or last week with his bite on Giorgio Chiellini widely speculated as the reason for his omission.

"They had already said to me that they had chosen me as the best player in the most difficult league in the world, or one of the most difficult, so it jumps out," Suarez told Catalan radio station Rac 1.

"I was also the leading scorer in the European leagues. But I prefer to stay quiet about these things, because every time I speak it can be a problem."

Suarez also admitted that the bite on Chiellini, for which he was banned for four months, also saw him fearing for his mega move to the Nou Camp.

"When Pere [Guardiola, his agent] called me to say I had signed for Barca, I could not believe it - I started to cry," he added.

Barcelona have lost both matches in which Suarez has played

"I thought that it had all been broken after the Chiellini stuff. The club made a big effort for me, which I will value all my life."

Barcelona have lost both matches in which Suarez has played - the 3-1 defeat in El Clasico and a surprise home loss 1-0 loss to Celta Vigo at home.

"It is a bit surprising to play two games and lose them both. Obviously it makes you feel bad, and it is more difficult to sleep when you lose, but we must forget that now.

"Not winning is annoying, above all playing at home. We created chances against Celta. It is difficult to take the defeat, but the responsibility is for everyone, not because [Lionel] Messi, Neymar and Suarez are there.

"When the ball does not want to go in, it will not go in. You must also take the conclusion that I prefer for this to happen now than in April, when the league is decided."