Luis Suarez takes shot at Barcelona as he claims they ‘didn’t value’ him before kicking him out last summer… and emotional Uruguayan can’t hold back the tears as he FaceTimes family to celebrate Atletico Madrid’s LaLiga title
Suarez was surprisingly shown the door by Barcelona last summer and walked over to Atletico Madrid on a free transfer that ultimately proved decisive in this most thrilling of title races.
After the final whistle blew away at Real Valladolid to confirm Atletico as champions, an emotional Suarez had his mind cast back to being ruthless kicked out by Barcelona.
Luis Suarez was in tears as he FaceTimed friends and family to celebrate winning LaLiga
Atletico Madrid held their nerve on the final day to defeat Real Valladolid and win the title
‘Barcelona didn’t value me and Atletico opened their doors for me,’ he said. ‘I will always be grateful to this club for trusting in me.’
Of Suarez’s 21 goals in LaLiga this season, seven proved to be winners and his boss could only ‘laugh’ when he reflected on the ex-Liverpool striker’s contribution.
‘We were in the Suarez zone. I told you,’ said Atletico coach Diego Simeone, referring to the way he had christened the run-in as Suarez’s territory.
Suarez got two goals in the last two games of the season to earn the team the six points that saw them over the line first. His goals won more points for his team than any other player in LaLiga.
Suarez got the winner on Saturday and no player has won more points for his side this season
‘Maybe he had a bit of luck at the end but that is Suarez. The names speaks for itself,’ added Simeone.
Suarez added: ‘I’m sure (Lionel) Messi is happy for me as a friend.
‘It was a difficult situation that I had to experience because of the way I was treated [by Barcelona].
‘Atletico had a great season despite the difficulties. It wasn’t normal that we had such a good first half of the season and it wasn’t normal that we had that big dip either but in the end we end up as Champions.’
Suarez, like many of his team-mates, was desperate to share the moment with those closest to him and he was in floods of tears on a video call as he basked in the title celebrations with his loved ones.
He broke away on the counter-attack before slotting in with his weaker left foot to make it 2-1
Cameras scoured the pitch for the range of emotions, with tears flowing among the home side as Real Valladolid had relegation to the second division confirmed with defeat.
Suarez was captured wiping tears away as he spoke to friends and family on a video call.
Suarez and Co will get their hands on the LaLiga trophy at a private ceremony on Sunday at the Wanda Metropolitano but that news did nothing to put celebrations on pause on Saturday night.
Players were covered in champagne at the end as club staff raced on armed with bottles to spray to mark their first league title since 2013-14.