He deceives referees. He exaggerates, he dives and he gesticulates in a sustained campaign to coerce officials. Let there be no moral judgement here: plenty of players do just the same when trying to eke out an advantage, no matter how small. But deceive he does.
Suarez's time in England also suggests he is prone to self-deception. Most notoriously, and despite all evidence to the contrary, the striker managed to convince himself he was the wronged party in a scenario that resulted in a Football Association independent commission finding he had racially abused Patrice Evra seven times in one match – indeed, within a two-minute period.
After a panel heard he had told Evra he kicked him “Because you are black … I don’t speak to blacks” and Suarez was given an eight-match ban, he sat back as the club mounted a cynical and misguided PR campaign to portray Evra as the villain and Suarez, with printed T-shirt to hand, as the victim of the piece. It was a perception entirely detached from reality.
Suarez has consistently displayed an astonishing lack of self-awareness, refusing to apologise to Evra to this day and refusing to accept responsibility for his actions. Blinded by the sting of perceived injustice, he neglected to shake the hand of the man he had racially abused and still believes he was wronged.
A year ago he painted the episode as part of a Manchester-led vendetta: "People at the club are sure that it was a way that Manchester United used to put me out of the team and stop Liverpool. But in England, Man United has this political power, and you have to respect that and shut your mouth ... I had to go to Manchester in a taxi for the trial. I got up at seven in the morning and I came home at nine at night. I was exhausted, I was so tired. I wanted to cry, and kick all the things around me."
You wonder whether there was any room for some quiet reflection amid his anger and those paranoid conspiracy theories.
Now, this summer, Suarez appears also to have deceived those Liverpool fans who have stood by this most unappetising of characters for so long. He has tugged on their heartstrings rather cynically, while all the time agitating for an exit from the club they so adore.
At the start of the summer, rather than explaining that his personal ambition meant he could no longer consider playing for Liverpool – not an unreasonable stance for a player of his quality, who is easily accomplished enough for elite Champions League football - Suarez moaned that the evil British media were the ones forcing him out of Anfield.
"My reason for leaving is my family and my image, I don't feel comfortable here any more," he said in May. "It is a difficult moment for me, my coach and my colleagues know that they [the British media] didn't treat me well. Firstly, being persecuted by the paparazzi all the time. I couldn't go to my garden or the supermarket. I couldn't do anything. I know it is normal to be followed by the press but it was too much. All the silly things they said, all the pictures, all the taunts. That happened every day and nobody [in the press] supported me.
"They talk about me being named the best player in England but I knew that wasn't going to happen because of the way they treated me. And the straw that broke the camel's back was my mistake [biting Branislav Ivanovic]. I accept it was my fault, but they went too far."
Blaming the media was a cute move when looking to mollify Liverpool supporters, with Suarez doing his best to seem like another victim of phonehacking up in front of the Leveson Inquiry rather than a footballer looking for a transfer.
Curiously, however, his deep-seated dislike of the press dissipated when Arsenal made a sustained attempt to sign him. Misgivings handily melted away when Arsene Wenger showed an interest and promised a chance of Champions League football.
What turned this volte-face from merely curious to downright hypocritical was when he then approached two English newspapers – The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph – to accuse Liverpool of reneging on promises made to him last season. Exploiting the very media he had accused of manipulating public opinion against him so despicably.
This was one transgression too far for most Liverpool fans. Suarez’s cloak of deception had slipped; his inner workings exposed. As it turned out, here was a millionaire footballer who was just like every other millionaire footballer: an individual motivated not by a romantic, illogical attachment to a football club from a faraway land, but ambition and, perhaps, greed.
Remarkably, Suarez announced on Wednesday morning that in fact he would be staying at Anfield after all.
How to explain his dramatic turn of events? Did he acknowledge that the club’s staunch refusal to sell had left him no other choice? Did he accept that his faulty reading of his contractual situation meant Liverpool were not in fact obliged to sell him for an offer in excess of £40 million? Did he suggest that with no offers in from Real Madrid, he might as well stay on Merseyside?
No. Instead he came up with this explanation: "For now, because of all the affection of the people, I will be staying.”
Of course. The love of the fans had won him over. A wave of emotion generated by those dwindling numbers of Liverpool fans who weren’t burning his shirt or denouncing him on messageboards had convinced Suarez to put aside all other concerns and stay at Liverpool. Who could have known the smattering of applause directed his way at the club’s open training session, and more vocal backing at Steven Gerrard's testimonial, could have had such a profound emotional impact on this complex soul?
English football’s master of deception has one more trick up his sleeve, but if Liverpool fans believe this most transparent sleight of hand, they will believe anything.
Tom Adams - @tomEurosport