Brendan Rodgers has been lavished with praise by none other than Brazilian legend Pele, who reckons the Celtic boss has played a vital role in helping Luis Suarez become the superstar that he is today.
Rodgers was Suarez’s manager for several years during their time together in England at Liverpool, with the Uruguayan striker’s sensational form almost firing the Reds to an improbable Premier League title in 2014.
Suarez moved to Barcelona that summer for a fee in the region of £75 million, before going on to help the Catalans achieve an historic treble in 2015 – and Pele reckons he owes a lot of his success to the man currently in charge at Parkhead.
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The World Cup winner, now 75, is currently on an after-dinner speaking tour around the UK, and said via the Scottish Sun: “I think Celtic are very lucky to have a manager with the qualities of Brendan.
“Luis Suarez was a really good player when he went to Liverpool but I believe Brendan gave him great coaching, guidance and advice and made him a better player and a better person.
“Suarez was prepared well for his move from Liverpool to Barcelona after working under Brendan.
“Celtic have a good reputation around the world – and have a good manager.”
As well as scoring more than a thousand goals during his glittering career, Pele also won the World Cup three times – and scored twice in the 1958 final when he was just 17.
If anyone knows a thing or two about football, it’s probably him.
But what do you make of his comments on Brendan Rodgers?