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Name Luis Suarez
Gender Male
Ethnic Uruguayan
Job Uruguayan Footballer
Desc Took a little while to hit the ground running at Anfield, but his contribution to Liverpool’s famous 2013/14 campaign will live long in the memory. The Uruguayan hit an extraordinary 31 goals in 33 matches as Liverpool went so, so close to ending their long wait for a league title. A complete centre forward, who worked tirelessly, assisted his team-mates and was utterly ruthless in front of goal


Org Uruguay National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Liverpool FC


Wife Sofia Balbi

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[The still bitter Luis Suarez effectively accuses The Football Association of racism … for finding him guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra last year] Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban but with [John] Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four. I’m South American and I think that’s the root of all of this

2013 12 31b Retrieve

[Reds striker Luis Suarez says sorry after showing a little too much hunger in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea by trying to eat Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic] I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally. I apologize also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down

2014 03 01 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez on Steven Gerrard] He played a massive part in convincing me to stay. He didn’t talk about me, or through me, in the press, but in person. In those moments I forgot that he was ‘world football great Gerrard’, a Liverpool legend, but as a humble person who spoke to me with all his heart for hours. He said I was the best forward he’d ever played with, which given the amazing strikers that he’s played with at Liverpool, was amazing for me to hear. I’ll never forget that

2014 08 24
Luis Suarez bites an opponent at the 2014 World Cup

2014 11 12 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez has defended his history of biting players in matches by insisting it’s relatively harmless] They treated me like a criminal. [But] it was my fault. It was the third time something like that happened to me and I needed help, although I was an easy target. Biting scares a lot of people, but it’s relatively harmless, or at least it was in the incidents I was involved in. None of my bites were like Mike Tyson’s on Evander Holyfield, but nobody cares about that.

[Suarez made his unofficial debut for Barca in the Gamper Trophy back in the summer and he has revealed his head coach compared the striker’s sentence to that of a high-security terrorism prisoner in Cuba] They’ve finally released him from Guantanamo Bay to be with us. Everyone applauded the newly-released prisoner and I tried not to blush

[Suarez was linked heavily with Arsenal last year but, ultimately, Liverpool clung on to the former Ajax forward for one final season] He was spot on. He said: ‘Stay, play well for Liverpool, and Bayern, Real Madrid or Barca will soon come calling, because you’re good enough to play anywhere’

2015 03 22
Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their Spanish first division Clasico soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

2015 04 18 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez on his incredible love story with now-wife Sofia Balbi – she moved to Catalonia in 2003, one year after they met] I managed to find a ticket to Barcelona, but I had no money to pay for it. My big brother lent me it, around 70 dollars. It was a long flight, I got lost, and they detained me at customs. I was 16 and I didn’t have any address – I didn’t have anything! I’d come with a white shirt and my nose had started bleeding. My girlfriend Sofia was waiting for me in the airport, but it had been two hours since I’d arrived and I still hadn’t come out. I was being detained there and I didn’t know why. They told me it was because I didn’t have address for where I was going to stay or anything else. I told them I’d come to visit my girlfriend, that she was living here. In the plane I’d seen mountains and beaches, so I said I’d come to visit the mountains and beaches. They opened my bag and found a note from Sofia’s aunt showing the address and a telephone number. I was so lucky! I finally got out. Sofia had spent the last three hours running around all the terminals, desperately looking for me, until I came out with my white blood-stained t-shirt!

2015 08 01 Tweet

[Luis Suarez on Twitter] Yesterday, a Uruguayan football great passed away. A man who marked the history of our country. Thank you Alcides Ghiggia

2015 12 19 Retrieve

[Barcelona forward Luis Suarez after his hat-trick performance] I’m going to keep the ball in the museum!

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] The relationship is exemplary. [. . .] I enjoy playing with them, the form of the team, it’s a privilege. The good relationship means a lot because no one believes they are superior to anyone

2015 12 22 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] They (Messi and Neymar) are the top two players in the world. You know you will get chances to score playing alongside them

2015 12 23 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] Me being the reference point inside the area is going to benefit the team a lot. I’m not saying I’ll play as a typical No 9 but because of the natural movements of Leo and Neymar, that is the space I will often end up occupying. People say it will resemble the (Samuel) Eto’o, Messi, (Thierry) Henry forward line. That could be true

2016 03 26 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez when Uruguay vs Brazil] I have a bet with Neymar. The winner gets a burger. He is a great team-mate and we always make jokes at Barcelona. But whoever will win this game will be enjoying himself and he who loses will be hearing it from the other. Above all, we are team-mates and friends

2016 05 21 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez reflects on the teasing nature of his two Barcelona team-mates] They try to wind me up by telling me just to take two touches, no more. And if at all possible, just one touch and make sure it’s in the area. It doesn’t bother me because I already know that. I know my limits. That’s why it doesn’t offend me, it makes me laugh. When Messi and Neymar start with the tricks on the training ground I usually leave so as not to get in the way

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Barcelona forward Luis Suarez talks about his new contract with the club at an adidas event] It brings me great happiness to be where I want to be. That the club has given me a renewal means that they are happy with my performance and it is a sign of what is still to come. My renewal isn’t a message to Lionel Messi - he’s old enough to know what is good for him. My happiness will be complete only if Messi renews his contract as well

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez praises Lionel Messi after the Argentinian star scored a free-kick to help the side progress to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in a win over Athletic Bilbao] He has that something. He is the best in the world and it shows in every game. He always surprises us with something nice

2018 06 02 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez wishes Mohamed Salah a speedy recovery, after the Egyptian suffered a shoulder injury during the UEFA Champions League final while playing for Liverpool] Regarding Salah, the reality is that no-one is happy when a colleague suffers an injury, even more so when that happens in a match as it did, just before a World Cup. He is in a difficult situation, but I’ve consistently said I always want to play against the best to demonstrate that Uruguay are better. I would love him to have a good recovery and enjoy the World Cup. He is in the same situation as me four years ago and I don’t wish this on anyone

2018 09 26 Retrieve

[Luis Suárez’s verdict before the transfer window shut] Pogba’s an elite player who’s won everything. I think he’d like to be competing for more than he is. He would always be welcome

2019 04 27 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez speaks ahead of this week’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against his former club Liverpool] I’m so grateful but I’m there to play for Barcelona, knowing what our targets are. Once we’re playing there’ll be no friendship, no mates, none of those lovely memories. That’s the way I am as a player, everyone knows

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[Luis Suarez, Forlan’s former international team-mate, paid tribute to the forward] Historic for Uruguayan football. Grateful for all the unforgettable moments you made all Uruguayans live, both in the national team and in all the teams you played. I will always be grateful for what you taught me, both on and off the field, a dream to have played with one of my idols. You will always be a legend in Uruguay. A lot of success in your new challenges, friend

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Suarez includes Romario in his top five strikers of all time] The finish time for him is amazing

2019 12 06b Retrieve

[Suarez includes Ronaldo Nazario in his top five strikers of all time] The fat one. The first Ronaldo. The Brazilian Ronaldo. He’s really good. He’s so quick. He’s an intelligent guy. He’s a nice finisher. He had it all

2019 12 06c Retrieve

[Suarez includes Diego Forlan in his top five strikers of all time]</b> I think for me, one of the best of my career is [Diego] Forlan. I played with him, he’s a really good striker. Really clear-minded. He played for the team. He’s a striker who likes to score many goals. He likes to shoot and that’s what you want.

2019 12 06d Retrieve

[Suarez includes Gabriel Batistuta in his top five strikers of all time] He was my favourite player when I was a child. He was a really good No. 9 and he liked to shoot free-kicks. He loved to play for the team and I loved his character as well

2019 12 06e Retrieve

[Suarez includes Lionel Messi in his top five strikers of all time] Number one for me is Messi. Because he is one of the best in the world. It’s an easy decision for me

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Barcelona forward Luis Suarez tells about his brilliant goal against Mallorca] It’s the best goal of my career. I knew that it was a tight angle and the last option I had was to hit it with my heel. I was looking to bounce it because I had very little chance against the goalkeeper. [Head coach Ernesto] Valverde tells me that sometimes I miss the easiest ones and score the most difficult ones