Luis Suarez, seen along with his household within the image, will go down as considered one of Barcelona’s best ever gamers after serving to them win 4 La Liga titles and a Champions League. Courtesy: Twitter
Luis Suarez cried as he bid farewell to Barcelona on Thursday however mentioned he needs to show he can nonetheless ship on the highest degree after becoming a member of La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
With Lionel Messi at Camp Nou for his greatest good friend’s closing press convention, Suarez mentioned an emotional goodbye after scoring 198 targets for Barca, changing into the third highest goalscorer within the historical past of the membership.
“That is improvised as a result of I’ve nothing ready,” Suarez mentioned wiping his eyes, having been launched by the membership’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“I suffered so much however I’ll keep in mind the nice instances, the targets I scored alongside one of the best participant of all time,” he added.
Bartomeu mentioned: “He’s a membership legend, the third prime scorer in our historical past, one of the best in his place.
“I need to spotlight his character, his combating spirit and his will to win which has helped us obtain a lot within the final six years.”
The 33-year-old’s transfer to Atletico on a two-year contract had been confirmed late on Wednesday evening. Atletico have signed Suarez at no cost however might pay Barcelona 6 million euros ($6.9 million) in variables.
“I really feel I’m able to persevering with to compete on this league,” Suarez mentioned. “I really feel very keen and much more after the final 12 months we had, once I had my damage, which additionally leaves you with a bittersweet feeling.
“I’m going the best way I’m going to maintain taking part in, with recent motivation, with the target to indicate I can proceed competing.”
Suarez follows Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo and Ivan Rakitic by way of the exit door at Barcelona, the place new coach Ronald Koeman has been tasked with renovating the squad.
Koeman informed Suarez in August he was not a part of the membership’s plans.
“I anticipated it as a result of it had been mentioned already earlier than the coach informed me however I can settle for it,” he mentioned.
“When Barca informed me they weren’t relying on me, there have been many calls, many provides, however I used to be capable of go to a workforce that may compete as equals with two nice groups like Barcelona and Actual Madrid. I had no doubts.”
Suarez will go down as considered one of Barcelona’s best ever gamers after serving to them win 4 La Liga titles and a Champions League.
However his departure has not been easy, with the membership eager to push the Uruguayan out however reluctant to let him be a part of Atletico.
“Gamers generally want a change, the membership wanted a change and this case the coach didn’t need me,” Suarez mentioned. “I depart with the sensation that I’ve fulfilled expectations. To be the third highest scorer just isn’t straightforward in any respect, it’s one thing I might by no means have imagined.”
Suarez’s departure might have an effect on Messi’s future given the pair are neighbours and greatest associates. There have been experiences in Spain suggesting Messi and Suarez’s friendship was not thought-about useful to the workforce.
“It’s been a loopy month,” mentioned Suarez. “Issues have been invented, issues that aren’t true which have been leaked and that annoy you however we’ve got to attempt to keep away from all that.
“Everybody is aware of the connection I’ve with Leo. Whenever you arrive at Barcelona they are saying to watch out with Leo and now after a few years, Leo and I get alongside spectacularly they usually say you’re unhealthy for him.
“We all know the time we had within the workforce and that we tried to carry out at our greatest and stay as much as what Barcelona is and in my case, I can depart feeling proud.”