Barcelona is creating the team in a new way, guided by current manager Ronald Koeman. Koeman has taken a new project to revive the club. He informed the players who are not in his plans. Koeman already sold Rakitic, Vidal, Semedo, and planning to sell some other more. Luis Suarez was among them from the first day and now finally Barcelona has officially made golden hand-shake with him as Suarez joins Atletico Madrid. Juventus was also in the race but a problem occurred regarding Suarez’s passport and the Italian club failed to conclude the deal. Atletico used this opportunity and signed him, whereas Juventus landed Alvaro Morata from Atletico in place of Suarez. The club has announced it on their official website as well as on social media.
Luis Suarez joins Atletico Madrid: Contract details
Luis Suarez joins Atletico Madrid from Barcelona for a fee of €6 million in variables. Suarez will sign a contract to stay at the club till June 2022 according to Journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Luis Suarez: Career at a glance
As Luis Suarez joins Atletico Madrid let’s focus on his career. Suarez started his career at the Uruguayan club Nacional academy. He joined Nacional senior team the same season. He played there for two years and joined Dutch Club FC Groningen on season 2006/07. Suarez already won the Uruguayan national League on season 2005/06 before joining Groningen. He started polished himself and later Dutch giant Ajax has bought him as a young prospect.
Starting at Ajax
Suarez joined Ajax from Groningen for about 6.75 Million Pounds. Ajax picked a gem actually and started to develop him more day by day. Suarez became better and better day by day. His shot power and finishing tuned into another level. Very soon he became a nightmare for defenders in the Dutch League. He made an impact on Ajax already at his debut season. He scored 22 goals in 44 matches for Ajax that season and also provided massive 16 assists. Luis Suarez won his first-ever silverware with Ajax on season 2009/10 by winning the Dutch Cup.
He also became the top goal scorer of Eredivisie on the 2009/10 season with 35 goals. The next season he won the Eredivisie title with Ajax. He also became the Player of the year of the Dutch league in 2010. He played 159 matches for Ajax, scored 111 goals, and also provided 68 assists which is absolutely a mind-blowing stat, and particularly this thing attracts many big clubs towards him.
As previously mentioned Suarez’s performance at Ajax attracted many other giant clubs. Finally, after some bidding war, Premier League giant Liverpool successfully signed Suarez and paid 23.85Million Pounds to Ajax. Liverpool was searching for a Striker after Fernando Torres left the club to join Chelsea. So Liverpool fans and management have huge expectations from him. He played 37matches for Liverpool on his debut season, scored 16 goals, and provided 16 assists. He not only became the finisher but also the main creator at the front line for the Reds.
Season after season he developed himself more. He not only scored for the team but also helped his team-mates to score. Suarez’s trophy luck was not so good at Anfield as he just won the League cup in 2012 for Liverpool. Though he performed all time. Suarez stepped up at first when-ever the team was in danger. Luis Suarez won Premier League Top Scorer award on season 2013/14 with 31 goals. He also provided 17 assists that season. His performance allowed him to become one of the best forwards of all time in Premier League history. Luis Suarez played 133 matches for Liverpool, scored 83 goals, and provided 47 assists. Acclaimed by many of his performances in the 2013/14 season is regarded as one of the best individual seasons in the Premier League which earned him the PFA Player of the Year award, with him becoming the first non-European to win the award.
Liverpool Legend and Suarez’s former teammate Steven Gerrard praised Suarez and considered him as one of the greatest forward of all time and also one of the best players with whom he had played.
“He’s a top player, one of the best in the world on his day. He is brilliant just. There are so many good teams in the Premier League but he would have given Liverpool a better chance. You’re guaranteed goals, assists, he just causes every opposition problems and creates a lot of space for the players around him. He’s relentless that’s the word to sum him up. He scores great goals, all type of goals, he creates out of nothing. He occupies the whole back four by himself. He was an absolute dream to play with. He was always on the move so that you could pick him out. He is just a phenomenal footballer.”Steven Gerrard, Former Liverpool player
El Pistolero: The Star of Barcelona
Luis Suarez joined Barcelona on season 2014/15 for about a 73.55Million Pounds from Liverpool. He was at the top of his career at that moment. Suarez continued his form at Camp Nou too. He started his career at Barcelona by winning the coveted Treble. Barcelona won the La Liga, Copa-Del-Rey, and UEFA Champions League and secured the second treble in their history. Suarez played 45matches for Barcelona that season. He scored 25 goals and provided 23 assists. His partnership with Lionel Messi and Neymar(junior) became one of the most prolific trios of all time in World Football, known as M-S-N.
Suarez continued his form after that season too as he won La Liga top scorer award with 40goals. He won 3 more La Liga, 3 more Copa-Del-Rey, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, and 1 UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona. Suarez made himself one of the greatest of all time in Barcelona history. It will be hard to forget his contribution to Barcelona. Suarez played 283 matches for Barcelona, scored record 198 goals for the club, and also provided 109 assists. Luis Suarez became the 3rd most goal scorer in Barcelona history just after Lionel Messi(634 goals) and Cesar Rodriguez(232 goals). But unfortunately, the ending was not so good as injury made the problem for the Striker and his form was also dropped. So Koeman refused to consider him as a part of his new project for Barcelona.
After Neymar’s transfer to PSG, Suarez formed a formidable partnership with his friend Leo Messi with the duo winning everything possible for the Catalan club in Spain. Former Barcelona manager and under whom Suarez joined Barca, Luis Enrique told that he had never seen a striker like Luis Suarez before and praised him very much for his attributes.
“Suarez? I have not seen another ‘nine’ like him. In addition to being a goalscorer, he knows how to combine and help, and he has that aggressive warrior character. He is great.”Luis Enrique, former Barcelona manager
What can the Uruguayan offer Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone needs a perfect striker and players like Luis Suarez is perfect for that position. He can easily adapt to Simeone’s tactics and can help the team by scoring goals or creating chances. Atletico fans can expect Suarez to give many things to take the team at a higher level. A Striker like him can offer huge threat for the opposition defence still. As everybody knows Class is Permanent, Fans will hope to see that class from the Uruguayan.
Other transfer rumors
Barcelona is on the verge of signing Memphis Depay as Ronald Koeman himself confirmed that. The club is restricted to sign him officially as they need to sell players before to do that as per the regulations of La Liga. They have now sold Arturo Vidal, Rakitic, and Suarez and may go to make the Depay deal official. Also, Barcelona is involved in a bidding war with Bayern Munich to sign Sergiño Dest from Ajax as per reports by Journalist Fabrizio Romano.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid has allowed Àlvaro Morata to join Juventus as part of a loan deal. Juventus will pay around 10Million Euros to Atletico as part of the loan deal. There is also an obligation to buy for 40Million Euros.
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