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Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez has had a lot of ups and downs in his career and reached fame during his three-year stint as a Liverpool striker.
Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

The most important fact about Luis Suarez is that he is arguably among the most notorious football players. In fact, he is one of the most talented players in the world and one of the most controversial players, simultaneously.

Suarez is well-known for his priceless assists to his teammates like Lionel Messi win game after game. Others might recognize him from some infamous biting incidents on the pitch.

Suarez began his career as a youth player for Nacional in 2003. At age 19, he relocated to the Netherlands to play for Groningen, before being transferred to Ajax in 2007.

During his days in the Premier League, Suarez netted a hat-trick or more every 18 games, officially making him the most frequent hat-trick scorer in the English top-flight, a record which no one has ever broken in the historic league.

The Barcelona forward has scored 43 goals for Uruguay to date, which makes him his country’s highest goal-scorer.

In 2014, Suárez agreed with Barcelona on a five-year contract for a £64.98 million transfer fee to become one of the most expensive players in the soccer world.

Suarez’s goalscoring has improved since his arrival at Camp Nou in 2014. The Uruguayan striker has netted 142 goals from 180 appearances in all competitions for the club.

 

The followings are some lesser-known facts about the Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez:

Suarez creates goal-scoring chances with his powerful shot, and has a remarkable technical ability. He is mainly known for his quickness, direct running at players, and nutmegging opponents.

 

Suarez biography

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz, born 24 January 1987, is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team. He is often regarded as one of the best forwards in the world.

His parents were Sandra Diaz and Rodolfo Suarez; he was the fourth of seven boys. His parents got divorced when he was only nine. His older brother, Paolo Suárez, is also a professional footballer, currently playing for Isidro Metapán in El Salvador.

During his early days in Uruguay, the Barcelona man had to sweep streets in the town to earn money for his family and to meet their daily demands.

Many believe that living in extreme poverty at young ages (15) might be a possible explanation for his periodic aggression on the pitch.

Suarez is nicknamed ‘El Pistolero’ which means ‘The Gunfighter’. The name definitely suits the Uruguayan given his form in front of the goal is second to none in the world at the moment.

His another less known nickname is El Conejo –‘The Rabbit,’ but it seems that nobody knows the reason.

In 2007, Suarez joined Ajax and cut his long hair to show his respect to Ajax after receiving the club captaincy from Thomas Vermaelen in the 2009 – 2010 season.

 

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Suarez wife

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

Another top fact about the Barcelona forward, Suarez, is that he married his childhood sweetheart. Before becoming one of football’s most recognizable strikers, and before a reported net worth of $70million, Suarez was a gifted young amateur footballer, who made a living as a street sweeper.

This was around the time he met the young Sofia Balbi, who he described as instrumental in getting him to focus on professional football.

“At 15, I found a girlfriend who sorted my head out. It helped me realize how (important) soccer was for me,” Suarez said.

In 2009, the Uruguayan striker married his childhood sweetheart, and they had their first daughter, Delfina, on 5 August 2010. Delfina ironically is an anagram of Liverpool’s home stadium, Anfield!

Last year, Suarez and his wife Sofia hold a ceremony to renew their wedding vows after a decade of marriage in Uruguay, attended by his club teammates including Lionel Messi.

Suarez, 33, and childhood sweetheart Sofia, 31, first tied the knot in 2009 and decided to renew their vows to celebrate their ten-year anniversary.

The couple previously marked their love for each other by getting matching lion tattoos on their fingers.

Suarez told reporters, "It’s a very important day for us," before joking, "My wife’s the most difficult defender, the one I can’t escape from."

"She gave me a lot of confidence and helped me believe in myself," he added.

 

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Suarez children

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

In 2018, Suarez welcomed a third child named Lauti with his wife Sofia. Suarez and Sofia previously had two children a daughter named Delfina and a son named Benjamin.

Despite a perceived notorious personality on the pitch with strange behaviors like biting his opponents or headbutting a referee, Suarez is a family man.

He has a tattoo of his eldest daughter on his writ, which he kisses as a celebration anytime he scores a goal.

 

Suarez club career

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

In 2007, Suarez signed a five-year contract with Ajax and made his club debut in the UEFA Champions League qualifier against Slavia Prague. He scored one goal in his Eredivisie debut for the club.

In 2011, Ajax accepted a €26.5 million (£22.8 million) offer for Suárez from Premier League club Liverpool. Suarez left Ajax while suspended because of biting PSV's Otman Bakkal!

Therefore, Suarez signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Liverpool until 2016 to be the club's most expensive signing (£22.8 million) at that time.

In 2014, Suárez agreed with Barcelona on a five-year contract for an undisclosed transfer fee. However, according to leaked documents, the fee was £64.98 million (€82.3 million), making him one of the most expensive players in football world history.

Suarez made his debut in a friendly match against Club León of Mexico at the Camp Nou to win the match 6-0.

Suarez made his competitive debut for Barcelona on 25 October, starting in attack with Lionel Messi and Neymar away to Real Madrid in El Clasico. He set up Neymar for the opening goal in the fourth minute but was substituted in the second half. Barcelona lost that match 3–1.

Suarez is the second Barcelona player, after Messi, to score a hat-trick in El Clasico in La Liga since Romario in 1994.

The 33-year-old striker has scored 14 goals in 23 games for Barcelona this season. He suffered an injury to the external meniscus on his right knee and was operated in January to be out of the pitch for at least four months.

 

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Second Luis Suarez at Camp Nou

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

Another top fact about Suarez is that he is the second of Barcelona’s Luis Suarezes! The Spanish national Luis Suarez Miramontes also played for the world famous club back in the 1950s and 1960s.

The 84 years old former Barça player was so pleased, looking back at his time as a Blaugrana, “Having the chance to sign for Barça was marvelous. A year before, I was asking the same players for autographs!”

The only Spanish winner of the Ballon d’Or scored over sixty goals for the team, but the current Suarez will definitely surpass the old one by the end of his career.

 

Suarez biting habit

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

Although Suarez has been one of the best strikers during his career, he has been the soccer's biggest villain too. The top fact you need to know about Suarez is that he has a noticeable record of biting his opponents on three occasions!

While playing at Ajax in Holland in 2010, he was suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder.

In 2013, he was suspended for 10 games for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic on the arm while playing for Liverpool.

Moreover, he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup. He was not punished during the game although that bite left a visible mark. Later, he was suspended from all football-related activities for four months.

Once Suarez, jokingly, tried to bite Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi while they were together backstage at the UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco back in 2015.

Later, Suarez bit his daughter out of joy after scoring a hat-trick against Real Madrid back in 2015.

Suarez revealed why he bites people, “The adrenaline levels in a game can be so high; the pulse is racing and sometimes the brain doesn’t keep up.”

“The fear of failure clouds everything for me — even the blatantly obvious fact that I have at least 20,000 pairs of eyes on me; it is not as if I am not going to be seen. Logic doesn’t come into it.”

“When I was a kid, I got sent off for headbutting a referee; I ran 50m to argue a decision, I was shown a red card and I headbutted him. I’m really not proud of that,” Suarez said.

It is interesting to know that Suarez received a red card after headbutting a referee when he was only 16 years old.

“I’m already learning how to deal with these build-ups of pressure. I have always preferred to keep things to myself, rather than sharing them with anyone, but I am learning that if you let it go, you feel better for it. Don’t keep it all bottled up inside; don’t take it all on alone.”

Quite surprisingly, the controversial Barcelona striker claimed that he is a clean-freak off the pitch and has special toilet habits to keep everywhere clean because of his kids.

“Children play anywhere and I do not want them to get sick,” Suarez said.

In October 2011, Luis Suarez, the Liverpool striker, became embroiled in a running battle with Patrice Evra. During and after the match, the United defender claimed the Uruguayan had hurled racial abuse in his direction.

Suarez was given an eight-match ban after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words to Evra.

Suárez maintained that his use of the word ‘negro’ in his row with Patrice Evra was misunderstood by people who do not speak Spanish.

 

Suarez racist remarks

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

In October 2011, Luis Suarez, the Liverpool striker, became embroiled in a running battle with Patrice Evra. During and after the match, the United defender claimed the Uruguayan had hurled racial abuse in his direction.

Suarez was given an eight-match ban after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words to Evra.

Suárez maintained that his use of the word ‘negro’ in his row with Patrice Evra was misunderstood by people who do not speak Spanish.

 

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Suarez awards

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

Another top fact about Suarez is that he has won 18 trophies in his career, including six league titles, a UEFA Champions League title at club level, and a Copa América with Uruguay.

As a prolific goalscorer, Suarez has won two European Golden Shoes, an Eredivisie Golden Boot, a Premier League Golden Boot, also ending the six-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning La Liga's Pichichi Trophy in 2016. He has scored 475 senior career goals for club and country.

His individual career honors include:

·         Dutch Footballer of the Year (2009–10)

·         Eredivisie Golden Boot (2009–10)

·         KNVB Cup Top Goalscorer (2009–10)

·         Ajax Player of the Year (2): 2008–09, 2009–10

·         Ajax Top Goalscorer (2): 2008–09, 2009–10

·         PFA Players' Player of the Year (2013–14)

·         FWA Footballer of the Year (2013–14)

·         European Golden Shoe (2013–14)

·         Premier League Player of the Season (2013–14)

·         FSF Player of the Year (2013–14)

·         ESM Team of the Year (2013–14)

·         PFA Team of the Year (2): 2012–13, 2013–14

·         Premier League Player of the Month (2): December 2013, March 2014

·         Premier League Golden Boot (2013-14)

·         Golden Boot Landmark Award 10 (2012-13)

·         Golden Boot Landmark Award 20 (2): 2012-13, 2013–14

·         Golden Boot Landmark Award 30 (2013-14)

·         Liverpool FC Player of the Year (2): 2012–13, 2013–14

·         Liverpool FC Top Goalscorer (3): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14

·         2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL): Top Goalscorer (11 goals)

·         Copa América Player of the Tournament (2011)

 

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Suarez cars

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

Unlike other famous footballers, Suarez’s car collection is not anything to brag about. He really may not be into exotic cars that much, yet he owns the following luxury cars:

·         Audi RS6 Avant Performance

·         Range Rover Sport

·         BMW X5

·         Cadillac Escalade

·         Audi Q7

 

Suarez net worth

Top Facts You Need to Know about the Gunfighter, Luis Suarez

Suarez signed a new deal with Barcelona in December 2016. He earns around €450,000-per-week to be the third highest-paid Barcelona player.

Suarez signed the most expensive deal with the Barcelona football club after moving from Liverpool in 2014. While playing for Liverpool from 2011-2014, Suarez earned (£200,000) weekly wage and an annual salary up to (£10 million). He scored 69 goals in 110 match appearances for Liverpool.

Barcelona paid (€82.3 million), making him the most expensive player in football history. According to reports, Suarez earns €2 million monthly from his Barcelona contract until 2023.

Suarez’s major sponsorship deal is with Adidas. Later he signed a new deal with (Puma) in 2018. He has also signed with top endorsements companies such as Beats Electronics, Abitab, Antel, Cablevisión, Garnier, Pepsi, and Samsung.

Suarez’s net worth is predicted to be around $70 million. He is the only Uruguay player with more than 28 million followers on social media.

Suarez teamed up with fellow South Americans Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. at FC Barcelona to form the MSN to be the deadliest attacking trio in football history.

Suarez previously had a formidable record of joining alliances with attack-mates Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax).

 

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