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The Golden Shoe winner, 

Luis Suarez

, is considered as one of the best strikers of his generation. No one even imagined the Uruguayan boy who was surrounded by poverty during his childhood to become one of the greatest and wealthiest football players in the world.

The talented player came into renown for immoral reasons. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he bit Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder, which resulted in his suspension for four months from all football activities. In a Premier League match, Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic, a

Chelsea

player, and was banned from ten games.

He had done this before when he played for

Ajax

. While playing for Ajax, Suarez bit Otman Bakkal, a

PSV Eindhoven

player, and was punished with a seven-game ban. Many believed that a broken family and living in poverty are the reasons for his aggressive behavior on the pitch.

The Uruguayan striker started his professional football at Nacional. When he was 19, Suarez joined

Groningen

and went on to play for the Dutch club, Ajax, and English club,

Liverpool

, before moving to

Barcelona

. Today he kicks the ball for Atletico Madrid.

His extraordinary performances in Ajax and Liverpool caught the eyes of Barcelona's owner. He was selected as the Dutch Footballer of the Year in Ajax and PFA Players' Player of the Year in Liverpool. The striker also won his first European Golden Shoe in the 2013-14 season. In that season on Europe's most influential player list, Suarez came in the first place ahead of

Cristiano Ronaldo

,

Lionel Messi

, and

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

.

During his spell at the Catalans, Suarez's worthy assists to his teammate were known to football lovers, however during his time at Ajax in the 2009–10 season, the striker became the league's top scorer, and he was introduced as one of the future youth.

In his first season at Barcelona, he was placed alongside Lionel Messi and

Neymar

, forming a deadly strike trio. In that season MSN scored 122 goals, helping the club won the treble of the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and the Copa del Rey. Suarez was also very successful in his second season at Barcelona, and he managed to win the European Golden Shoe and the Pichichi Trophy.

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Everything you Need to Know about Luis Suarez

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Luis Suarez Information

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Luis Suarez biography

will start with some general information about Luis Suarez football information and physical stats.

Luis Suarez Bio

  • Full Name:

    Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz

  • Nickname:

    El Pistolero (The Gunfighter)

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Luis Suarez Physical Stats

  • Height:

    182

  • Eye Color:

    Brown

  • Hair Color:

    Black

Weight:

86

       

Luis Suarez Football Information

  • Positon:

    Striker

  • Professional Debut:

    May 2005

Jersey Number:

9

Luis Suarez Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    24 January 1987

  • Birth Place:

    Salto, Uruguay

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Aquarius

  • Nationality:

    Uruguayan

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Luis Suarez Early Life

In this part of our article on

Luis Suarez biography

, we will review some facts about

Luis Suarez childhood

and family facts. It is detailed information from his early days to the time he became famous. 

Luis Suarez date of birth

is 24 January 1987, in Salto,

Uruguay

, and his family records show that he had a black grandfather.

Luis Suarez nationality

is Uruguayan. He was born into a lower-class family, alongside seven brothers.

Luis Suarez religion

is Roman Catholic.

As a child, he was surrounded by poverty and had to work from an early age. When he was seven years old, his father worked at the El Trigal factory in Montevideo, but little Luis stayed back with his grandmother at Salto, and after a month, he joined his family. Luis's parents enrolled him at School No171, which had its sporting activities, but happy go lucky kid asked his parents to register him at Urreta FC. However, it took a while for Suarez to adjust.

"We came to a city where it was practically impossible to play barefoot on the grass, they also talked differently there and of course often made fun of me. But I had to get used to all of that, as best as I could," said Suarez.

When little Suarez was nine years old experienced the unpleasant event of his parents divorcing, leading him to choose street sweeper as a job because of helping his mother. While he played at Urreta FC, Suarez was noticed by Wilson Pirez, the Nacional youth team's scout.

Suarez did not have good friends as a teenager, so he did not focus enough on football and began drinking. He admitted that at the time, he became a rebel. "From 12-14, I went through a phase in which the football was not going well for me, and I did not want to study. I didn’t like to train. I only liked playing the games, and that way it was going to be very difficult for me to achieve something. I got really angry. I was a rebel, and that worked against me," said Suarez.

Fortunately, Suarez was rescued by Wilson Pirez by offering him to play at the club. Suarez accepted the offer because of helping his family, as well as getting a football boot. Later Suarez said, “I thought about my family, my brothers, and resolved that I’ll be able to help them if I go far in football, I have to get on with it, I also looked at some team-mates, who turned up to training in boots, and thought; ‘If you want those boots, you’ve got to train.'” 

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Luis Suarez Profile

In this section of Sportmob's article of

Luis Suarez bio

, we will present you Luis Suarez's profile, which includes his style of play, goal celebration, and the reception. 

When he was 14 years old, he joined Nacional's youth team, but two years later, after the referee showed him a red card, he headbutted the referee. After his immoral behavior, one night, he got drunk; his coach warned him that he would be fired if he did not take football seriously. Finally, in May 2018, Suarez made his debut officially against Atletico Junior, and in September 2005, the Gunfighter scored his first goal, helping the team win the 2005–06 Uruguayan league.

At the age of 19, he moved to Groningen, but because he did not speak English and Dutch; so he could not communicate well with his teammates. He performed well on this team but had problems due to disciplinary issues.

During five games Suarez netted four goals, but he received one red card and three yellow cards. During the 2006-07 season, he scored ten goals in 29 appearances that he made for the Dutch club. Groningen ended the season in eighth place.

The following season, Suarez joined Ajax with a five-year contract for €7.5 million. He made a debut in the qualification match in the UEFA Champions League against Slavia Prague. In the 2007–08 season, the Uruguayan striker netted 17 times in 33 appearances, and Ajax ended in second place.

Although Suarez had incredible performances during the next season in the Dutch club, Marco van Basten was upset by the yellow cards he received. The Gunfighter won one Eredivisie title and KNVB Cup with the Dutch team. He ended his four-year spell at Ajax after scoring an incredible 111 goals in 159 appearances.

In 2011 Luis Suarez left Ajax and moved to Liverpool with the five-and-a-half-year contract for £22.8 million, becoming the English club's most expensive signing until Andy Carroll joined the Reds, which happened a few hours later. The creative striker made his debut against

Stoke City

on 2 February at Anfield, where he scored the Reds' second goal.

Suarez's best season at Liverpool individually was the 2013-14 season in which the footballer scored 31 goals in 33 matches, becoming Premier League's top scorer. He also won the Premier League Golden Boot and European Golden Shoe, along with Cristiano Ronaldo. During that season, he formed a deadly partnership with Daniel Sturridge; the duo scored 52 goals between them.

The Gunfighter won one Football League Cup, scoring 82 goals in 133 appearances that he made for the Reds. On 11 July 2014, the Uruguayan striker signed a five-year deal with Barcelona for €82.3 million, becoming one of the most expensive players in football history.

Due to his aggressive behavior during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was biting Giorgio Chiellini, Suarez was banned for four months from all football-related activities. So he missed Barcelona's first matches.

On 18 August 2014, the Gunfighter made his debut against Club Leon of Mexico. The following season was one of Suarez's best season in the Catalans. As we mentioned earlier, he placed alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar in the front line of Barcelona. MSN formed one of the deadliest trios in football history. On 26 November, Suarez scored his first goal for Barcelona. In that season, the Uruguayan striker scored 25 times and providing 20 assists for his teammates.

Also, MSN scored 120 goals for the Spanish club. During the 2015-16 season, the Gunfighter scored 40 times, winning the European Golden Shoe and the Pichichi Trophy. Since 2009, Suarez became the first footballer to win European Golden Shoe and the Pichichi Trophy other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Luis Suarez played six seasons at Barcelona, winning the La Liga title on four occasions, Copa del Rey title four times, two Supercopa de Espana titles, one UEFA Champions League title, 2015 UEFA Super Cup, as well as 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.

The striker ended his six-year spell at Barcelona after registering 195 times and providing 113 assists for his teammates, becoming Barcelona's third-scorers of all time.

With the arrival of Ronald Koeman, new Barcelona head coach, Suarez was informed that Koeman didn't want him. On 23 September 2020, the striker signed a two-year deal with

Atletico Madrid

. Suarez made his debut on 27 September against

Granada

. He managed to score two goals and providing one assist.

At the international level, Suarez has also had extraordinary performances.  He was first called up Uruguay's national under-20 team for the qualification matches of the 2007 U-20 World Cup, but Groningen didn't let him play. On 8 February 2007, he played for the first time for Uruguay senior team against

Colombia

.

The Gunfighter has played in three World Cup, three Copa America, one Summer Olympics, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. His best achievement with Uruguay was the 2011 Copa America and the 2018 China Cup. Suarez has scored 63 goals in 116 appearances that he made for his country.

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Style of play

Luis Suarez is known for his powerful shot, his quickness, and his work rate. He is a player who can attack from the outside. An elite forward uses his abilities to provide a lot of scoring chances for his teammates. Suarez is fond of rolling the ball through the legs of opponents.

During his professional career, Suarez has scored many goals with his powerful shots. "his abilities allow him to get into a position to score and evade defenders," said John Aldridge, former Liverpool striker.

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Reception

Luis Suarez is regarded as one of the best strikers in football history. He has been praised by his teammates and his coaches for notable technical ability, quickness, and the opportunity he creates for his teammates. Let's take a look at the most important quotes from his teammates and coaches:

Lionel Messi:

"You deserved a farewell befitting who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club, achieving great things for the team and on an individual level. You did not deserve for them to throw you out like they did. But the truth is that at this stage nothing surprises me anymore."

Brendan Rodgers:

"He [Suárez] has shown in his time at Liverpool in the last year or so that he is near unplayable. He on his own can occupy a back four with his movement and his cleverness."

On the other hand, several other football figures criticized him for his harsh behavior and the number of yellow cards he received.

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Goal Celebration

In the world of football, the best moment for any player is to score a goal. Some footballers are interested in celebrating their goals in their ways to show their fans what is valuable to them. Luis Suarez is one of those players who has a unique goal celebration.

Most of the time, he scores a goal, the Uruguayan striker kisses his ring finger, then his wrist, and finally ending his celebration by kissing three of his fingers. But what does his goal celebration mean?

Suarez tattooed his elder daughter's name, Delfina, on his wrist. He first kisses his finger ring to tribute to his wife, then kisses his tattoo. By kissing his three fingers, the Gunfighter shows his love to his wife and three children.

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Luis Suarez life story

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Luis Suarez Outside Football

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Time to take a look at Luis Suarez life outside of football, which includes his hobbies, and favorite activities. The Uruguayan striker's hobbies outside football are watching movies, playing games, and spending time with his family.

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Luis Suarez Personal Life

In this part of Sportmob's article on Luis Suarez Biography, we will bring you fascinating information about his love life, dating history, and children. Stay with us.

Family, Children, and Relationships

As we mentioned earlier, Luis Suarez was born on 24 January 1987 in Salto, Uruguay. His father, Rodolfo Suarez, was a football player who played for Deportivo Artigas. Rodolfo did not leave his children after broke up with Sandra Diaz, Luis Suarez's mother.

Luis Suarez's love story is fascinating and inspiring. When he was a teenager, Suarez met Sofia Balbi and fell in love with her. Suarez was a sweeper when they started dating, while Sofia was from a wealthy family. He revealed that he swept the streets for hours to collect coins for his date with the beautiful blondie.

Two years later, Sofia's family moved to Spain, and Suarez missed his childhood sweetheart. "When Sofia went to live in Spain, I stopped playing football. But at that time, I realized that I should dedicate myself to this beautiful sport," said the Gunfighter.

Three years after Sofia's immigration, Suarez joined Groningen and moved to Europe. They kept their relationship while they were apart. Suarez's life for Sofia was the main reason that the striker becomes a professional footballer. Later Suarez, about his relationship with Sofia, said, "At 15, I found a girlfriend that sorted my head out. It helped me realize how soccer was for me."

Finally, the lovebirds got married in 2009; ten years later, the couple renewed their marriage in a marvelous celebration in which Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba attended that party.

The couple welcomed their first child, Delfina, in 2010. Three years later, Benjamin, Luis, and Sofia's second child was born in 2013, and Delfina became a happy elder sister. The couple welcomed their third child, Benjamin, in 2018.

Philanthropy

One of the fascinating parts of this article is about Luis Suarez's background in philanthropy.

Given Suarez's reputation, do you think he is a bad person? The answer is no. Footballers usually throw kicks or dirty fouls at each other. So it should not be concluded from his biting incidents that he is not a good person.

Recently Atletico Madrid forward purchased 1,000 Big Macs and donated in an annual charity event. McDonald hosted this charity event. Also, in 2014, to kids at a hospital, he donated 500 Christmas baskets.

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Legal Issues

Football fans remember the match between Liverpool and Manchester United in the 2011-12 season when the Uruguayan striker was accused of Racist insult to Patrice Evra. Not much of a legal issue, but we have to mention it in this part that the Gunfighter was banned for eight games and also finned £40,000.

Later “Is the word ‘negro’ the same in Spanish as it is in English? No, absolutely not. Am I a racist? No, absolutely not. I was horrified when I first realized that is what I was being accused of. And I’m still sad and angry to think that this is a stain on my character that will probably be there forever. I never said, nor would ever dream of saying, 'because you are black'. I certainly never said, and never would say, that I would not talk to Evra, or anyone, because they are black." said Suarez. 

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Luis Suarez Career Statistics

Now is the time to review Luis Suarez's career both on the club and international level.

Club

Undoubtedly, Luis Suarez is one of the best strikers in football history. During his professional career, Uruguay forward has played 631 games for six clubs. He has scored 412 times and provided 237 assists for his teammates.

International

On the international level, Luis Suarez has scored 63 goals in 116 appearances that he has made for Uruguay national team. He also played for Uruguay U20, U23, and Olympia, scoring five times in 11 appearances.

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Luis Suarez Honors

The last part of our article on Luis Suarez's bio is about his honors and achievements.

During his career, Suarez has won 19 trophies. The most important of them are one UEFA Champions League title, six La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey titles. At the international level, he won the 2011 Copa America and 2018 China Cup.

His notable individual achievements are Dutch Footballer of the Year (2010), Eredivisie Golden Boot, IFFHS World's Best Top Division Goalscorer (three times), Liverpool Player of the Season (two times), two European Golden Shoes, La Liga Pichichi Trophy, Copa del Rey top scorer, La Liga World Player of the Year (2015-16), as well as Barcelona Player of the Season (2015-16).

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