Jake’s Football Greats: Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is a highly talented footballer, who plays for the Spanish side FC Barcelona. He’s a renowned striker and plays alongside fellow greats Messi and Neymar.
He was born on the 24th January 1987 in Salto, Uruguay and christened Luis Alberto Diaz; Luis Suarez has six brothers and when he was younger, to earn money for his family, he swept the streets.
Before he wore the Barca shirt, Luis played for Ajax and Liverpool. At Ajax he scored 49 goals in all competitions, helping them win the KNVB. He also got Player of the Year in Netherlands; in 2010-11 season he scored his 100th goal for the Dutch club.
When he played for Liverpool, Suarez scored six hat-tricks in 109 matches. He arrived at Anfield in January 2011, at a cost £22.8 million, and he soon made his mark in Merseyside.
Further accolades followed, when he won Player of the Tournament at the 2011 Copa America (playing for Uruguay). But there have been dark moments too.
Suarez has been accused of biting players on three different accessions. When he played for Dutch team Ajax, he received a seven-match ban for biting PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal’s shoulder. At Liverpool, he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and received a ten-match ban. In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he nibbled Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder and was given a four-month ban from any football activities.
For Barcelona, he’s played over 2000 minutes and hasn’t been subbed off once. He’s played in the Copa del Ray three times and won it three times.
After the biting incident in 2014, he signed for Barcelona netting Liverpool a cool £65 million.
Expect Suarez to carry on scoring goals, getting assists and being the best striker in the world.
Jake, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy