At 37 years old, Luis Suárez has this physical status:
Suárez spent his youth at Cerro, Salto, where he played youth football at Sportivo Artigas. He and his family (parents and six brothers) moved to Montevideo, where he played youth football at Urduta. A car ran over his foot when he was a child, breaking the fifth metatarsal bone, which was fractured. Despite the injury, he continued to play.
Suárez joined Nacional's youth team at the age of 14. Suárez, a 16-year-old boy, protested a red card after a red card, but a sports reporter said he "accidentally fell into the referee." He was seen enjoying alcohol and dancing one night, causing his coach to threaten him that he would never play again until he started playing football more seriously. Suárez made his debut in the Copa Libertadores in May 2005, aged 18, on his first-team debut against Atlético Junior. He scored his first goal in September 2005 and helped Nacional defeat the Uruguayan league in 2005, scoring 10 goals in 27 matches.
When Suárez was in Uruguay to scout another player, a group of scouts from the Dutch club Groningen was discovered. He won and converted a penalty, and they scored a "wonder goal" against Defensor as they watched. After watching just that match, the scouts approached Suárez and said they wanted to buy him, and Groningen spent Nacional €800,000.000 for him. Suárez was excited to go to Europe because his then girlfriend, then bride, Sofa Balbi, had lived in Barcelona for a year, and Suárez wanted to move closer to her.
Suárez was 19 years old when he joined Groningen. Suárez started struggling because he could not speak Dutch or English, and he was on the second team to adapt to the Dutch game. Bruno Silva, his colleague and fellow Uruguayan, helped him settle down and play for a new team in the Netherlands. He worked hard to learn Dutch, and his coworkers praised him for his attempts to learn the language. Suárez scored goals for Groningen, but he also had discipline issues; in a five-game stretch in January 2007, he scored four goals but received three yellow cards and one red card; Suárez made his name in a 4–3 home victory over Vitesse, when he had just ten minutes to go he won a penalty and scored two goals. Suárez made his ninth appearance in 29 league appearances to help Groningen finish eighth in the 2006–07 Elegisie. In his European debut on September 14, 2006, he scored in a 4–2 loss to Serbian club Partizan.
Ajax saw potential in Suárez, and offered Groningen €3.5 million to him, but Groningen turned down the bid. Suárez was furious and pleaded for help with the selling of his tickets to the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). On August 9, 2007, the arbitration committee found against him, but Ajax boosted their bid to €7.5 million, which Groningen accepted on the same day.
Suárez made his club debut in the UEFA Champions League qualifier against Slavia Prague on August 9, 2007, when he signed a five-year deal with Ajax for a transfer fee of €7.5 million. In his home debut at the Amsterdam Arena, he scored one goal on his Eivisie debut for the club and two others. In the 2007–08 season, Ajax ranked second in the league table, and Suárez scored 17 goals in 33 league appearances, bringing up a burgeoning striking partnership with league top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Ajax head coach Marco van Basten recalled how Suárez played a key role in several of Ajax's objectives during the 2008-2009 season, but van Basten was also disgusted by the number of yellow cards Suárez received during the campaign. Suárez was suspended for one game against Utrecht after getting his seventh yellow card of the season against Utrecht in a 2–0 victory. He was also suspended after a half-time altercation with teammate Albert Luque over a free kick. Ajax finished third place in third place last season. Suárez scored 22 goals in 31 league games and finished second in scoring tables, just one goal behind Mounir El Hamdaoui of AZ. Suárez was also named Ajax Player of the Year.
Martin Jol was fired as head coach in 2009-10 before the 2009–10 season. Jol named Suárez team captain after Ajax captain Thomas Vermaelen's departure to Arsenal. In a 4–1 victory over RKC Waalwijk, Suárez got to scoring goals early in the season with a hat-trick. During the season, VVV-Venlo and Roda JC hosted four multiple-goal matches, including four in victories over Slovan Bratislava in the UEFA Europe League play-off round. Ajax defeated VVW-Venlo and six opponents in the KNVB Cup, scoring three goals in the first half.
In the second leg of the KNVB Cup final, Suárez scored two goals and finished as the tournament's top scorer. Ajax defeated Feyenoord 6–1 on aggregate, but they finished second in the league behind Twente.
Suárez finished the season as the Economist's top scorer, with 35 goals in 33 matches and 49 goals in all competitions. For the second year in a row and the Dutch Footballer of the Year, he was named Ajax Player of the Year and Player of the Year.
In a 1–1 home draw against PAOK in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, Suárez scored his 100th goal for Ajax shortly after returning from his World Cup debut. He was among a select group of players, including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten, and Dennis Bergkamp, who scored 100 or more goals for the club. Suárez won 5–0 after a hat-trick against De Graafschap.
During a 0–0 draw, Suárez scratched PSV's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder. Ajax suspended him for two games and fined him an undisclosed sum, which the club said will go to a "good cause." Suárez was branded the "Cannibal of Ajax" by De Telegraaf, the Dutch daily newspaper. Suárez's suspension was extended to seven league games by the KNVB. Suárez apologised for his conduct through a video shared on his Facebook page.
Ajax was in contact with other European clubs interested in Suárez during the suspension. Suárez's Premier League side Liverpool's Suárez received a €26.5 million (£22.8 million) bid on January 28, 2011. Suárez left Ajax on good terms after a game in Ajax, despite being suspended. An Ajax coach spoke to the crowd and explained how the club wanted him to stay longer, and the audience erupted; fireworks followed. Ajax retired as Economist champions and Suárez was awarded a winner's medal for his seven goals in 13 appearances.
Suárez's five-and-a-half-year contract with Liverpool ended on January 31, 2011, and was the club's most expensive signing (£22.8 million) until Andy Carroll's arrival (£35 million) a few hours later. Suárez ordered the number seven shirt, which had been worn by Liverpool legends Kenny Dalglish, his current boss, Kevin Keegan, and Peter Beardsley.
Suárez made his Liverpool debut against Stoke City at Anfield on February 2nd, beating them 2–0, and he was on as a replacement and scored Liverpool's second goal in front of the Kop in the 79th minute. During his partial season, he was one of Liverpool's top players during his campaign, helping Liverpool progress from 12th in the league to sixth position in mid-January. He had four goals in 13 games during the 2010-2011 season.
Suárez had a disappointing 2011–12 season after winning the Player of the Tournament at the 2011 Copa América. Liverpool finished in eighth place in eighth place, with Suárez scoring 11 league goals. Liverpool defeated Cardiff City in a penalty shootout on February 26th, beating Cardiff City in the League Cup on February 26. Suárez scored his first Liverpool hat-trick in a 3–0 victory over Norwich City on April 28. He came in sixth place in the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Suárez was convicted by a three-man jury from The Football Association (FA) of racially insulting Patrice Evra during a match against Manchester United in October, earning him an eight-match suspension and a £40,000 fine. Suárez's appeal of this decision was contestable.
Suárez was accused of racially insulting Evra during a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on October 15, 2011, and the FA launched an investigation into the incident. Suárez expressed dissent on his Twitter and Facebook pages, saying he was stunned by the accusation and denied the allegations. The FA announced on November 16th that it would accuse Suárez with "abusive and/or insulting words and/or conduct in violation of FA rules," as well as "a reference to Patrice Evra's ethnic origin and/or national origin and/or race." Liverpool later issued a statement announcing Suárez would plead guilty and saying the team will "remain completely supportive" of him. The FA concluded a seven-day trial on December 20th, with Suárez receiving an eight-match suspension and a £40,000 fine for racially insulting Evra.
Suárez managed to avoid shaking Evra's hand at their next meeting in February during pregame handshakes, causing Suárez and Dalglish to apologise. Suárez was also suspended for one game for making an offensive gesture toward Fulham supporters.
Suárez signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool on August 7th. In a 2–2 draw with champions Manchester City at Anfield on August 26, he scored his first goal of the 2012–2013 season. Suárez scored a hat-trick in Liverpool's Premier League match against Norwich City on September 29, 2012 for the second time in a row.
Suárez played the ball before scoring the winning goal in Liverpool's 2–1 victory over Mansfield Town from the Conference National in an FA Cup third round match on January 6, 2013. Brendan Rodgers defended his player by saying "it's not his job to own up," according to Mansfield's chairman, who admitted that he would have allowed a goal scored by one of his players.
Liverpool cruised to a 5–0 home league victory on 19 January as Suárez scored his seventh goal in three matches against Norwich. Suárez captained Liverpool for the first time in the FA Cup fourth round match against Oldham Athletic the following week; Liverpool lost 2–3. Suárez won by a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic on March 2nd, putting them a landslide victory at the DW Stadium. After Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres, he became the third Liverpool player to score 20 Premier League goals in a single season. Suárez scored his 50th goal in all competitions since joining the Reds, scoring the opener in a 3–2 home win over Tottenham Hotspur, snapping Spurs' 12-match unbeaten run. After winning the critical penalty that Steven Gerrard converted, he was also named man of the match for his efforts.
Suárez was one of six players selected on the shortlist for PFA Players' Player of the Year at the end of the season. In the final ballot, Suárez came in second, behind Tottenham Gareth Bale of Tottenham and was named in the PFA Team of the Year. He was the second best goalscorer in the Premier League in 2012-2013, scoring 23 goals and Liverpool's top scorer in all competitions with 30 goals. After receiving 64% of votes in a survey of the club's supporters, he was named Liverpool's player of the season on May 28th.
Suárez bitten Branislav Ivanovi twice during a Premier League match at Anfield on April 21, 2013; it was the second time Suárez had bitten an opponent. It was not noticed by the authorities, and Suárez scored an equalizer in injury time. The bite prompted UK Prime Minister David Cameron to insist that Suárez take a tough line: the FA charged him with violent conduct, and his club has been fined an undisclosed sum. Contrary to Suárez's assertions, Ivanovi did not accept an apology. Suárez signed the criminal charges of misconduct, but the FA denied that the fine punishment of three matches was insufficient for his offence. Suárez's ten-game suspension was imposed by the FA on a ten-game suspension, though the panel chastised Suárez for failing to acknowledge "the severity" of the case when he argued against a long ban. The committee also wanted to give the message that such deplorable conduct has no place in football, while also noting that "all participants in the higher level of the game are seen as role models, have the opportunity to act professionally and responsibly, and lead by example of good conduct to the remainder of the game, particularly to young players."
Suárez said he would request an exit from Liverpool in the summer, citing excessive media interest in his family as a reason for wanting to leave on May 31. Suárez, a player from Arsenal, reiterated his desire to leave Liverpool and said that Liverpool had previously promised to move him if the club did not qualify for the 2013-14 Champions League, and that if the club did not qualify for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said the player had not disregarded any commitments to Suárez and that the player had demonstrated "complete disrespect" for the team. Suárez had been instructed by Rodgers to train away from the Liverpool first-team squad after this incident. Suárez will not be allowed to leave the club, according to Liverpool owner John W. Henry on August 8.
Suárez appeared to change his mind about wanting to leave the club on August 14 with reports that he intends to remain in the club and that he might sign a contract extension, citing Liverpool supporters as the reason for his unexpected turnaround. Suárez returned to first-team training two days after "offer[ing] contrition" to his coworkers, but not apologizing to his boss.
Suárez returned to the Liverpool team after his suspension to make his first appearance of the 2013–14 season in a League Cup third round tie against Manchester United, losing 1–0. Suárez made his first Premier League appearance of the season on September 29, scoring twice as Liverpool defeated Sunderland 3–1 at the Stadium of Light. Suárez made his first game of the season on October 5th at Anfield, where he scored Liverpool's opening goal in a 3–1 win over Crystal Palace. In a 4–1 loss to West Bromwich Albion, he scored his fourth Premier League hat-trick, his first at Anfield. According to the BBC, he has scored a hat-trick in every 20.3 Premier League games, "the highest rate of all 46 players to have scored more than treble" in the top tier.
Suárez scored four goals against Norwich City in a 5–1 home win on December 4th. He became the first player in Premier League history to score three hat-tricks against the same team, and he increased his scoring record against Norwich to 11 goals in 5 matches. Suárez captained Liverpool for the first time in a Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur on December 15th. As the team defeated White Hart Lane 5–0, closing the gap on league leaders Arsenal to two points. He both scored and assisted twice. Suárez was named the Football Supporters' Federation Player of the Year for 2013 on the following day. Suárez and Liverpool have been in touch for a new four-and-a-half years since December.
Suárez became the first Liverpool player to score 20 or more goals in successive Premier League seasons since Robbie Fowler in 1994–95 and 1995–96. He tied Andy Cole's Premier League record for the first time since he reached the 20-goal mark, but set a new low of 15 matches. Daniel Sturridge's strike collaboration this season has earned them the nickname "SAS," i.e., Sturridge and Suárez.
Suárez scored in a 3–0 victory over Southampton at St Mary's Stadium on March 1st century in Premier League appearance, defeating Southampton in their 100th Premier League appearance. Liverpool defeated Manchester United in the first game of the season so far, with a landslide score of 25 goals. Suárez scored his sixth Premier League hat-trick and third of the season on Sunday in a 6–3 victory over Cardiff City. In a 4–0 home victory over Tottenham over Robbie Fowler's club record of 28 goals in a Premier League season, he beat Liverpool 4-0, who moved to the top of the table with six games remaining. In a 3–2 victory over Norwich on April 20, he became the first Liverpool player to score 30 league goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1986–87. Following Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Kevin Phillips, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Robin van Persie, he became the seventh player to score 30 goals in a Premier League season.
Suárez was named one of the six players nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award for the second year in a row on April 18th. He received the award on Saturday, becoming the first non-European to win the competition. Suárez was selected as the Football Association Writers Player of the Year on May 5, 2014. He scored 31 goals in 33 games in the Premier League, with Sturridge as the runner-up as Liverpool finished second in the league and returned to the UEFA Champions League. Suárez has also been named as one of the Barclay's Premier League Player of the Season award. Cristiano Ronaldo, the Premier League's top scorer with 31 goals, also shared the European Golden Shoe. According to a Bloomberg survey of the top five European leagues, Suárez ranked number one on "Europe's most influential player" list of the year, ahead of Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovi, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Suárez and Barcelona decided on a five-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee. The fee, on the other hand, was £64.98 million (€82.3 million), making him one of the most expensive players in world football history, according to a leaked document by Football Leaks. Barça has announced that Suárez will wear the number 9 shirt for the 2014–15 season.
Since being found guilty of biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Suárez missed the first part of the season. He was barred from all "football-related" sports, including training for Barcelona for four months, as a result of the suspension (until October 26th). And as a spectator during the same time, he was also banned from attending any stadium.
Suárez and his lawyers appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on July 24th, demanding that the fines be reduced or the suspension suspended, in effect. On August 8, the parties were heard at a hearing held at the CAS headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The CAS announced the ban against Suárez, who had been banned from football for four months, as well as a nine-match ban in internationals, the first of which was served in Uruguay's round of 16 matches against Colombia in the 2014 World Cup. The player's "football-related" ban was suspended by the CAS, but he was allowed to train with Barcelona. Suárez was barred from participating in the 2015 Copa América as a result of the ban.
Suárez was allowed to participate in friendly matches, and he made his Barcelona debut against Club León of Mexico on August 18th, defeating Rafinha for the final 14 minutes of an eventual 6–0 victory in the Gamper Trophy. Lionel Messi and Neymar had already been cut off by the time Suárez took the field.
Suárez made his competitive debut for Barcelona on October 25th, starting with Lionel Messi and Neymar against Real Madrid in El Clásico. Although he set up Neymar for the first goal in the fourth minute, Suárez was forced to be back in the second half and Barcelona lost 3-1. In a 4–0 win over APOEL in the UEFA Champions League group stage, he scored his first goal for the club on November 26th. In his eighth La Liga match, he scored his first league goal for the club in his eighth La Liga match, leading to a 5–0 home win over Córdoba on December 20.
Barça defeated England champions Manchester City 2–1 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie on Sunday, Suárez scored twice. He scored in Barcelona's 3–1 Copa del Rey semi-final victory over Villarreal on March 4th, qualifying the club for its 37th Spanish Cup final. Suárez scored twice in a 6-1 home win over Rayo Vallecano on March 8th. In Barcelona's 2–1 win over Real Madrid at Camp Nou on March 22, 2015, Suárez scored the winning goal for the Barcelona team. Luis Enrique, his coach, lauded Suárez for scoring a goal like he did, and that's why we signed him. He will choose games. He's a pure scorer, but he needs very little to finish."
Suárez scored two goals in a 3–1 UEFA Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on April 15th. David Luiz, the PSG's defender, was nabbegged twice before scoring both goals. In an 8–0 victory at Córdoba on May 2, he scored his first hat-trick for the team. Suárez won 5–3 on aggregate over Bayern Munich on May 12th, beating both of Neymar's goals in the second leg of Barcelona's UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Suárez scored in the Champions League final against Juventus on June 6th in Berlin, putting the team back in the lead after Gianluigi Buffon saved Messi from Messi. The win gave the team a treble.
Suárez scored 25 goals and 20 assists in all competitions in his first season at Barcelona. Messi, Suárez, and Neymar's infamous "MSN" attack trio scored 122 goals, the most in a season for an attacking trio in Spanish football history.
Suárez began the 2015-2016 season by scoring and assisting a goal in Barcelona's 5–4 extra time victory over Sevilla in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup, on August 11th. After being aided with a backheel from Sergi Roberto, Suárez won by 2–0 away over Getafe on October 31. This was his 11th goal of the season and his 300th senior career goal. Suárez scored twice in Barcelona's 4–0 away victory over Real Madrid on November 21.
Barcelona defeated Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande 3–0 on December 17, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the tournament's history. Suárez scored all three goals in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup semi-final in Yokohama, Japan. He scored twice in Barcelona's 3–0 victory over Argentine club River Plate in the final, naming him the top scorer of the tournament and being named the best player of the tournament.
Suárez scored four goals in a 7–0 Copa del Rey victory over Valencia on February 3, 2016. Barcelona defeated Arsenal 3-1 in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 matches on March 16th, with a nimble goal. In a 2–1 victory over Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the quarter-finals on April 5th, he scored both of Barcelona's goals, but Barcelona was still barred from the competition after losing in the second leg.
Barça defeated Deportivo La Corua in La Liga on April 20th, Suárez scored four times in a match, as well as assisting three more goals for teammates. He scored four goals in a 6–0 home victory over Sporting Gijón, becoming the first player to score four goals in back-to-back matches in La Liga history. Suárez was the club's second player to reach the milestone of 35 goals in a single league season on April 30th.
Suárez won his second Pichichi Trophy and his second European Golden Shoe in a 3–0 victory over Granada on the final day of the 2015–16 La Liga season, securing his second consecutive Spanish championship for Barça and his second in a row. Suárez was also the first player since 2009 other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win both the Pichichi and the Golden Shoe in a season. In his last five matches, fourteen of his goals were achieved. Suárez has also led the league in assists, tied at 16 with Messi, becoming the first player to lead La Liga in both goals and assists.
Suárez sustained a right hamstring injury during Barcelona's 2–0 win over Sevilla in the 2016 Copa del Rey Final on May 22nd. After the game, the club revealed that he will likely miss at least part of the forthcoming Copa América Centenario with his national team. Uruguay has also been suspended from participation in the 2014 World Cup and the entire 2015 Copa América. Suárez had 59 goals and 22 assists on the season and ended with 59 points and 22 assists. Messi, Suárez, and Neymar's front three all set 131 goals, the highest ever set by an attacking trio in a single season.
Suárez started the 2016-17 season by scoring a goal in Barcelona's 2016 Supercopa de Espaa first leg match against Sevilla, who won by 2–0 away. Suárez scored a hat-trick in a 6–2 victory over Real Betis, as well as his first free kick goal for Barcelona in the first match of the 2016–17 La Liga season. Suárez lost by 1–2 at home to Alavés in his 100th Barcelona appearance. Despite being unable to score, Suárez maintained his distinction of scoring more goals and assists in his first 100 matches in Spain than both Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi; Suárez's 88 goals and 43 assists in his first 100 games for Barcelona; Messi's 93 goals and 29 assists.
Suárez began his Champions League campaign for the season on September 13th with two goals; two goals later in a 5–1 victory at Leganés.
Suárez opened the scoring in El Clásico with a second half header, but Real Madrid scored a late equalizer and the match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Suárez scoring a second half header. Barcelona beat Espanyol 4–1 on December 18th, with Suárez scoring a brace as well as assisting with the assist. Suárez scored his 100th goal for Barcelona in a Copa del Rey round of 16 matches against Athletic Bilbao on January 11, 2017.
Suárez scored Barcelona's third goal and also provided an assist to Messi against Real Sociedad in a 5–1 Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg victory on January 26. Suárez dribbled his way into scoring Barcelona's first goal in a narrow 2–1 victory in the first leg of a semi-final against Atletico Madrid on February 1st.
Suárez scored and was dismissed later for his second yellow in Barcelona's semi-final second leg match of Copa del Rey against Atlético Madrid for a suspected foul on Koke, his first red card for the club, meaning he will miss the final. Suárez expressed his dissatisfaction with the referee's call in a post-match interview and expressed his dissatisfaction with the club's decision and his desire to appeal it. Despite Suárez's absence, Barcelona will win the final for the third straight season.
Suárez opened the scoring with a third-minute header in Barcelona's historic 6–1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League second leg, with Neymar scoring a goal for his team's fifth goal. Barcelona defeated PSG on aggregate, overcoming a 0–4 deficit in the first leg and recording the largest second leg appearance in UEFA Champions League history.
Suárez scored 37 goals and 16 assists on the season last season. Messi, Suárez, and Neymar's attacking trio also scored 111 goals in their final campaign together.
In Barcelona's 3–0 victory over Girona on September 23, the opposition's first ever Catalan derby for the opposition started on September 23rd. Suárez kicked off Barcelona's undefeated start to the La Liga season on October 14th with a late header over Atlético Madrid at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. In a 3–0 win over Leganés on October 18th, he scored twice against Leganés. Suárez scored Barcelona's second goal in a 2–2 draw with Celta de Vigo on December 2nd. Barcelona defeated Villareal 2–0 a week later, on December tensing Suárez and Messi. Suárez won by two points against Deportivo La Corua on December 17th. In a 3–0 victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabéu less than a week later, he opened the scoring for Barcelona. El Clásico was his 400th goal in his professional career.
Suárez scored twice twice in a 4–2 victory over Real Sociedad on January 14, 2018, just after the midseason break. In Barcelona's 5–0 victory over Real Betis a week later, he scored a brace and assisted twice. In a 6-1 home win over Girona on February 24, he scored a hat-trick. Barcelona beat Chelsea 3–0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League on Saturday, with Suárez setting up both Messi's goals. On Wednesday, late goals from Suárez and Messi resulted in a 2–2 draw against Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Suárez scored during a 4–1 victory over AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on April 4th, but Roma would come back, knocking Barcelona out in the second leg.
Barcelona beat Valencia 2–1 on April 14th to snap the longest streak in La Liga history, with 39 games remaining. Suárez scored on 14 April.
Barcelona claimed their fourth straight Copa del Rey title on April 21 in Madrid, beating Sevilla 5–0, with Suárez scoring twice. Suárez won by 4–2 over Deportivo La Corua on April 29, his third league title with Barcelona. Barcelona drew a stunning 2–2 draw at home against Real Madrid on May 6th to snap their undefeated streak in the league; Suárez and Messi scored the goals for Barça a week later. Barcelona's undefeated streak came to an end after 43 games, including a 4–5 loss to Levante in the penultimate game of the season on May 13th. Barcelona made a comeback after trailing 1–5, with both Suárez and a new club record signing Philippe Coutinho scoring a brace each, but they couldn't find an equalizer.
Suárez scored Coutinho's only goal in a 1–0 victory over Real Sociedad in the final game of the season on May 20th. Suárez's 31 goals and 17 assists on the season, as well as his 12 La Liga assists, making him the best assist provider in the league for the third straight season.
In an 8–2 victory over Huesca on September 2, 2018, Suárez scored twice for Barcelona. As the team made it four wins out of four in La Liga, he scored in their 2–1 win over Real Sociedad, making it four wins out of four. Barcelona defeated Sevilla 4–2 on October 20th, with Suárez scoring and winning a penalty. Suárez won 5-1 in El Clásico on October 28 in a hat-trick victory over Real Madrid. He was only the second Barcelona player after Messi to score a hat-trick in the Clásico in the last 20 years. Suárez scored twice to lead a 3–2 victory over Rayo Vallecano a week later.
Suárez scored twice and assisted Messi's goal in Barcelona's 3–0 victory over Eibar on January 13, extending his team's lead to the top of the league table to 5 points. Suárez won by a 3–0 victory over Real Madrid on February 27th, second leg of the 2018–19 Copa del Rey semi-finals.
Barcelona won their second straight La Liga title on Sunday, and Suárez's fourth league title with the club. However, Suárez scored only one goal in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League, defeating Barcelona's opener in the first leg of the semi-finals. Barcelona will lose the second leg 0–4 at Anfield on May 7th, being forced to forfeit and squandering a three-goal first leg lead in the competition for the second straight season.
Suárez scored 25 goals and 10 assists in all competitions this season.
Suárez, who sustained a calf injury in his first game of the 2019-20 league season, started scoring by netting a brace in a 5–2 victory over Valencia as a 60th minute replacement, on September 15th. He scored two goals in a 2–1 victory over Inter Milan in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage on October 2nd. With a bicycle kick, he began scoring in a 4–0 league victory over Sevilla.
Suárez opened the scoring in a 3–1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage, before sending Messi up for his second goal. In a 5–2 victory over Mallorca on December 7, he scored a curving backheel goal, which was praised by many as one of the season's goals. Suárez captained Barcelona for the first time as he came off of the bench to score Ansu Fati's late goal in a 2–1 victory over Inter in Barcelona's Champions League group's final match. Barcelona announced on January 12th that Suárez would have to have surgery, potentially leaving him out for four months after suffering a knee injury during their Supercopa de Espaa victory over Atlético Madrid.
Suárez led Barcelona to 195 goals with Barcelona on July 9, defeating László Kubala for his third all-time top scorer in the club's history.
Suárez scored from the penalty spot during Barcelona's 3–1 victory over Napoli in the second leg of their Champions League bracket of 16 games on August 8th, having missed the first leg due to illness. Barcelona defeated Bayern 2–8 on August 14th, Suárez's second goal in nearly seven years, the club's first trophyless season since 2007–08.
Ronald Koeman told Suárez he was no longer wanted, and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu had also left him off a list of players he did not want to buy in the aftermath of Barcelona's 8–2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League earlier this month.
Suárez signed a two-year deal with Atlético Madrid on September 23, 2020, after struggling to join Juventus and amid allegations that he cheated his way to obtain Italian citizenship.
Suárez made his club debut on September 27th, scoring two goals and assisting Marcos Llorente in a 6-1 victory over Granada. Suárez's backheel goal against Mallorca, which he scored on December 7, 2019, was nominated for the 2020 FIFA Puskás Award, eventually finishing second, behind a goal scored by Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min. Suárez scored 90th minutes against Alavés on January 3, 2021, a record that saw him overtake Radamel Falcao's record for a player's best start in Atlético this century; his eleven goals (nine goals and two assists) in his first twelve La Liga games surpassed Falcao's nine goals and one assist over the same time in 2011.
Suárez won by 2–1 over Eibar on January 21 and tied for a brace, as well as a last-minute penalty. In each of his previous ten league campaigns, he had scored in double figures. He scored Atlético's second goal in a 3–1 victory over Valencia on Friday, bringing his league total score to twelve goals in fifteen games to the joint-most in La Liga. Suárez had gotten off to a good start in the league after Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid (thirteen goals in fifteen appearances in 2010). Suárez scored two goals in a 4–2 victory over Cádiz on Monday, as well as his first free kick goal for the club. In Atlético's 2–2 draw against Celta Vigo on February 8, he added another brace.
Suárez scored the opener against Real Madrid in the Madrid Derby on March 7th, his first goal in five matches, though Atlético conceded late as the game ended in a 1–1 draw. Atlético beat Alavés 11-0 on Tuesday, with Suárez kicking in his 500th senior appearance.
Suárez scored a vital winner in his team's 2–1 victory over Osasuna on May 16, his 20th goal of the season and guaranteeing that Atlético will remain in last place.
Suárez scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Real Valladolid on May 22nd, his club's first La Liga victory in seven years.
Suárez scored 21 goals on his debut as Atletico's top scorer.
Suárez scored against Villarreal in his first league game of the season, but he had a bruise and had to be pulled off, resulting in a 2–2 draw. In a 2–1 victory over Getafe on September 21-09, Suárez scored both of Atletico's goals.
During a 2–1 victory over AC Milan in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage on September 28, Suárez scored a personal time penalty during a 2–1 comeback away win. Suárez scored and assisted at Atletico's 2–0 victory over Barcelona in La Liga on October 2nd, 4 days later, though he did not celebrate netting against his former club. Suárez would then score his second brace against Atletico on October 24th as he led Atletico to a 2–2 draw against Real Sociedad after trailing by two goals. In a 4–1 victory, he scored two goals against Alaves on April 2nd. Following the success, he scored 11 league goals for the season, his tenth season in domestic leagues, he reached double figures in his career. The team announced Suárez's departure at the end of the season on May 1522, following the last home match for Atlético this season.
Suárez said on July 26, 2022, he had reached a pre-agreement with his boyhood club Nacional, a precursor to a free transfer to the club. The agreement was officially announced on the following day. In a Copa Sudamericana 1–0 loss to Atlético Goianiense at the Parque Central on August 2, he made his second appearance for El Bolso. In a 3–0 league home victory over Rentistas four days later, he scored the final goal.
Suárez was invited to compete for Uruguay in the qualifying rounds of the 2007 U-20 World Cup, but his club, Groningen, did not allow him to participate. He did not participate in the tournament finals, and he had two goals in four appearances. His ambitions were revealed in a group stage draw against Spain and in the Round of 16 against the United States, but the United States defeated Uruguay 21-01, and Uruguay was barred from the tournament.
Suárez made his senior debut for Uruguay on February 8, 2007 with a 3–1 win over Colombia. After receiving his second yellow card for opposition, he was dismissed in the 85th minute. Suárez scored five goals in 19 of 20 games in 2010 World Cup qualifying and the inter-confederation play-offs.
Suárez was added to Uruguay's 23-man World Cup squad in June 2010. Uruguay won by 0–0 against France in the tournament's first round. Suárez drew a penalty and assisted in the second match, a 3–0 win over South Africa, and assisted with lvaro Pereira's stoppage time goal. In a 1–0 victory over Mexico, he scored off a pass from Edinson Cavani and was named Man of the Match in the final match of the group. Uruguay won Group A and advanced to the knockout stage.
Suárez won by two goals in a 2–1 victory over South Korea in round 16. Suárez was again named Man of the Match after his second broke a tie in the 80th minute when he dribbled around a defender and curled a "spectacular shot" in off the far post; Suárez was also named Man of the Match. Uruguay advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1970. At the end of regulation, the score was 1–1 at the start of regulation, and the match went into extra time. Ghana launched a free-kick into the box late in extra time, and Suárez stopped Stephen Appiah's shot on the goal line. He then blocked Dominic Adiyiah's goalbound header with his hands, saving what would have been the game's champion and being sent off. With the ensuing penalty kick, Asamoah Gyan smashed the crossbar, and Suárez, who had stopped to watch the game, celebrated the mistake before heading down the tunnel. Uruguay defeated Uruguay 4–2 in the shootout and advanced to the semi-finals.
"I made the save of the tournament," Suárez said after the match. He said he had no alternative, was behaving out of instinct, and would do it again if it helped his team win. The play was an "injustice," according to Ghana head coach Milovan Rajevac, and Suárez was described as a criminal and a cheater. Some viewed him as a hero. Suárez sacrificed himself in the semi-finals for the unlikely possibility that the penalty would be missed and his side will win later today, despite the automatic suspension that follows a red card.
Although Suárez was banned from the semi-final match against Ghana for his red card, Uruguay "lacked a second striker [alongside Diego Forlán] of cunning and movement] and lost 3–2 to the Netherlands. Suárez was booed almost every time he played the ball in the Ghana match due to his handball. Uruguay scored his first goal, but Uruguay lost 3–2. Suárez appeared for 543 minutes in six appearances and scored three goals during the tournament.
Suárez scored in Uruguay's first game, a 1-1 draw with Peru in the 2011 Copa América. In their next game, he provided the assist for Alvaro Pereira's goal in a 1-1 draw with Chile. Uruguay finished second in their group and qualified to the knockout round after defeating Mexico 1–0 and two draws against Peru and Chile. Uruguay drew with tournament hosts Argentina 1–1 after regulation and extra time, a tense match in the quarter-finals. Uruguay defeated the shootout 5–4 and Suárez converted his penalty. Suárez was awarded Man of the Match after Uruguay's 2–0 semi-final victory over Peru. Uruguay beat Paraguay 3–0 for their 15th Copa América title and Suárez scored the opening goal and set up Diego Forlan's second goal. Suárez recorded four goals and two assists during the tournament, and was named MVP of the Tournament.
Suárez was selected for the Uruguay Olympic football team alongside Liverpool teammate Sebastián Coates in the 2012 Olympic Games on September 9th. Uruguay defeated Chile 6–4 in their first pre-tournament warm-up game on July 11th, with Suárez scoring a hat-trick as they went from 0–2 down to victory 6–4 in a thrilling game.
Suárez was named as the Olympic Games' captain, as one of Uruguay's three overage players. Uruguay was defeated by Senegal and Great Britain after defeating them in the first round of the United Arab Emirates in the opening. During the tournament, Suárez was unable to score.
Suárez was selected in the Uruguay squad to compete in Brazil at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. In a 2–1 loss to Spain in their first match at Recife on June 16, he scored a curling free-kick from 30 yards (27 m). He scored twice after being a replacement in Uruguay's 8–0 victory over Tahiti, making him the Uruguay national team's all-time top-goalscorer with 35 goals, beating teammate Diego Forlán. Uruguay was eventually disqualified in the semi-finals after losing 2–1 to Brazil in Belo Horizonte.
Suárez scored 11 goals in 14 matches during his 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, defeating him as the top scorer in the South American division. Uruguay defeated Jordan 5–0 on aggregate in a play-off in November 2013 to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Suárez underwent emergency surgery on his left knee on May 22nd. For a time, he was strapped to a wheelchair, prompting rumors that he will be unable to attend the World Cup. He was recalled as a substitute for Uruguay's first match, a 3–1 loss to Costa Rica, but did not participate in the match. Uruguay played well in their second match against England and scored both of the team's goals in a 2–1 victory over Arena Corinthians in So Paulo.
Uruguay needed a win over Italy's last group match against Italy on June 24th to advance to the knockout stage, while Italy only needed a draw. Suárez clashed with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a cross in the 79th minute, with the score at 0–0. Suárez lunged at Chiellini and bit his shoulder, then Suárez et alarmed and clutched his face, according to replays. The tense event drew worldwide media coverage. Uruguay won a corner and scored as the Italian players blasted Mexican referee Marco Antonio Rodrón for not punishing Suárez for the bite. Uruguay qualified for the knockout stage and eliminated Italy, and the match would finish 1–0 to Uruguay.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee had banned Suárez from nine international matches, which would have come into play immediately, essentially ending his participation in the World Cup. He was disqualified from the 2015 Copa América as well as the ban. It was the longest ever ban in World Cup history, despite Italy's Mauro Tassotti's eight-match suspension for cracking the nose of Spain's Luis Enrique at the 1994 World Cup. He was also barred from participating in any football-related sport (including visiting any stadium) for four months, and fined CHF100,000. The seven-member FIFA commission investigated the incident from 34 camera angles, rejecting Suárez's argument that the bite was caused by an accidental collision but instead finding that the bite was "deliberate, deliberate, and without provocation [Chiellini] or at least destabilizing him." Suárez's third biting offence, as well as a FIFA's misreading of it, contributed to the penalty's severity. 888poker, an online gaming company, has ended its sponsorship agreement with Suárez shortly after it was revealed. Uruguay lost their next match 0–2 to Colombia and was barred from the World Cup after Suárez was suspended.
The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said it would appeal the suspension on the same day the ban was revealed. "We don't have any doubts" about Suárez's European-based resistance campaign, according to Suárez's counsel. Several Uruguayan politicians defended Suárez, including President Carlos Mujica, who called the ban "fascist" and criticized FIFA's "a bunch of old boys of bites; Uruguay's Carl Mujica; and Uruguay's head coach scar Tabárez, who resigned from two FIFA positions in protest against the ban; and Uruguayan coach Diego Lugano. The Uruguayan media had also been in a defiant and defensive mood. The ban, according to Chiellini, who was bitten, is "excessive," while international players' union FIFPro called for Suárez to "receive all the assistance he needs" and that the "focus should be on Suárez's rehabilitation and intensive care."
Suárez apologised to Chiellini on Twitter and promised never to repeat the incident again, six days after the crash, while still remarking that the "physical result of a bite" occurred in a collision with Chiellini. Chiellini said on Twitter that all was forgotten and that FIFA will suspend Suárez's suspension.
The AUF appealed Suárez's ban on July 3rd, but FIFA disapproved it on July ten. Suárez has confirmed that moving to Barcelona was not allowed because he was banned from moving to another club. Suárez's condoletions to Chiellini had been lauded by several Barcelona club people days before the transfer. While new signing Ivan Rakiti praised Suárez's "character and strength," Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the apology was "honorable."
Suárez, who had been on international service for Uruguay for more than a year, scored an equalizer against Brazil in Recife on March 25 for a 2–2 draw in the qualification process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Suárez was selected in Uruguay's 23-man squad for the Copa América Centenario, but his place in the team was put into question by a hamstring injury sustained in the 2016 Copa del Rey final on May 22. Despite remaining in the squad, he missed both of his national team's opening group losses to Mexico and Venezuela, resulting in the first-round elimination from the tournament. In Uruguay's final 3–0 group victory over Jamaica on June 13, he was once more left on the substitutes' bench.
Uruguay defeated Bolivia 4-2 at home on October 10, 2017, defeating Argentina's Lionel Messi as the joint top scorer in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers with 21 goals, beating the previous record that was held by Hernán Crespo. Uruguay won the 2018 China Cup in March, and Suárez scored his 50th international goal against the Czech Republic in the semi-finals, winning the trophy by goalkeeper Ji Pavlenka. On Sunday, he earned his 100th cap in Uruguay's second group match at the World Cup, scoring the country's second goal against Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, defeating Saudi Arabia's Suárez in the last 16 games. Suárez was named the man of the match again in his last group game against Russia on June 25th, scoring Uruguay's opener with a free kick into the bottom corner in a 3–0 victory over hosts Russia. He set-up Cavani's first goal in an eventual 2–1 victory in the Round of 16 matches against Portugal on June 30th. Uruguay was disqualified from the tournament after a 2–0 loss to France in the quarter-finals on June 6th.
Suárez was included in Uruguay's final 23-man Uruguay squad for the 2019 Copa América in Brazil, according to manager Tabárez. He scored his third goal in a 4–0 victory over Ecuador in the team's first group match of the tournament on June 16th, as well as setting up the opener by Nicolás Lodeiro.
Following a 0–0 draw following regulation time, Uruguay was barred from the tournament after suffering a goal disallowed by VAR for offside.
Suárez scored the first goal of the South American 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification on October 8, 2020, becoming the first player to score the opening goal three times (after his 2010 and 2014 attacks) in the tournament's history.
In Uruguay's second group match of the 2021 Copa América in Brazil, Suárez scored in a 1–1 draw against Chile on June 22nd, 2021. Uruguay lost on penalties against Colombia in the quarter-finals after a goalless draw.