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Suarez faces ‘Goal Drought’ as a major delima again


Luis Suarez has arguably been the best player in LaLiga Santander this season, but he has hit his first blip of the campaign, having failed to score in his last two games.

The Uruguayan started 2021 as he ended the previous year, scoring decisive goals against Getafe and Alaves, before netting seven goals in four games.


He is now without a goal in his last two outings, something that hasn’t happened since the start of the campaign after recovering from COVID-19, against Valladolid and Real Madrid.

His mini-drought is not down to any physical problem, as he has still been as active as ever inside the penalty area in his side’s last two games against Granada and Levante.


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Suarez will be determined to help his side maintain or even extend their lead at the top of the table when they face Levante on Sunday.

However, the fact that the Madrid derby takes place after Atletico’s game against Villarreal which comes after Levante, Suarez could be tempted to pick up a fifth caution that would assure his availability against Zinedine Zidane’s men.

It remains to be seen what Suarez will do, although it is far from an easy situation given that Unai Emery’s side are no pushovers either, and Atletico will have to be at their best to defeat them.


Luis Suarez could leave Atletico this Summer


When Atletico Madrid signed Luis Suarez last summer, the club spent time working on all the details of the striker’s two-year contract.

There are various clauses in it – such as the ones for bonuses related to goal tallies, with the player already having hit a target of 15 goals and just four away from another target of 20.

Yet one of the other clauses could actually affect his future, as there is a clause in the Uruguayan’s contract that would allow him to leave Atletico Madrid on June 30 for free.

However, the 34-year-old has no intention of triggering this because he is happy in the team and likes working with Diego Simeone.

As such, Atletico Madrid are not concerned about this clause. They’re just happy to have a world-class striker, one who seems motivated to prove to Barcelona that they were wrong to let him leave for a domestic rival.


Suarez is enjoying an exceptional run of form and is determined to keep scoring the goals that will likely fire Atletico Madrid to the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander title.

As well as putting the ball in the net, Suarez has shown that he can be a leader of this team.

There is, therefore, nobody at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano who doubts that Suarez will stay for the second year of his deal.

The precedent of David Villa
Suarez’s campaign has been compared to that of David Villa, when he swapped Barcelona for Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2013 and won the title with Simeone.

Villa adapted well, scored goals and won LaLiga Santander, but he didn’t fulfil the full three years of his contract. Instead, he departed after just one year to join New York City.

Atleti, though, believe the ending with Suarez will be different and that he’ll ignore the clause that would allow him to depart in the summer of 2021.


Age doesn’t counts for Suarez as he says he’s still hungry for goals


Luis Suarez has insisted that he’s just as hungry for goals at the age of 34 as he has been at any stage in his footballing career.

The Uruguayan has been in fine form for Los Rojiblancos since signing from Barcelona and is currently top of the scoring charts in LaLiga Santander.

The veteran striker has been named the Mahou Jugador Cinco Estrellas for January – awarded to Atletico Madrid’s player of the month.


“Strikers live to score goals, but what I try to do is help the team,” Suarez said upon receiving the award.

“Although I’m 34 now, I still have the same ambition.

“We’re on a good run of form and it’s important for us to keep going like that in order to achieve our goals.

“A striker can’t perform if he doesn’t have a team that does a great job.

“You try to help your team [as a striker]. Sometimes you score lots of goals and sometimes you go a few matches without one.

“But the important thing is that the team keeps picking up three points to get to our objective.”


Messi and Suarez to join Inter Miami in 2022


According to a report from Catalunya Radio, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez could resume their partnership in Major League Soccer in 2022.

Two days ago Lionel Messi was interviewed by Spanish journalist Jordi Évole and the Argentine superstar said he would like to live in the United States and play in Major League Soccer at some point in the near future. His words made a big splash right around the football world and now there are hints that it could be Inter Miami who make Messi’s wishes come true.

According to Catalunya radio, Barcelona’s No 10 could join Inter Miami in 2022. The franchise’s co-owner David Beckham is planning to lure Messi by also bringing in Luis Suárez, one of the Barcelona star’s best friends. The world-class players first linked up in 2014 and were inseparable on and off the pitch, until Suárez moved to Atlético Madrid this summer.

During the interview with Évole, Messi said that the sudden departure of Luis Suárez was one of the many reasons he decided to send the legal notification to the club saying he wanted to leave FC Barcelona. His demand to leave was of course denied by then president Bartomeu, who held him to the club’s interpretation of their agreement. Messi, though, will now become a free agent on 30 June 2021.

The Argentinean says he has not decided whether he will renew his contract with Barcelona or start negotiating with other clubs, something he is allowed to do starting 1 January 2021. But the MLS option appears to be one that Messi finds tempting, and linking up with Suárez once again may make it even more enticing. Luis Suarez’ contract with Atlético Madrid expires in the summer of 2022. Will Inter Miami be able to put together a package to bring both players across the pond and allow them to resume their partnership in the United States?


Beautiful Suarez’s strike seals Wanda metropolitano’s side a Victory over Real Betis


Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez earned Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over 10-man Real Betis at Wanda Metropolitano as Diego Simeone’s men made it a club-record 21 LaLiga games without defeat.


Atletico XI: Suarez, Oblak, Savic, Trippier, Koke, Felipe, Lemar, Correa, Hermoso, Llorente, Torreira

Subs: Herrera, Vitolo, Carrasco, Gimenez, I. Grbić, Saponjic, Felix, Lodi, Álvaro García, J. Sanabria, Sergio Camello, Ricard Sánchez

Betis XI: Bravo, Canales, Mandi, Bartra, Montoya, Tello, Carvalho, Fekir, Álex Moreno, Sanabria, G. Rodriguez

Subs: Joaquin, V.Ruiz, Robles, Iglesias, Moron, P. Akouokou, Lainez, Juan Miranda, Rebollo, Fran Delgado, Rodri


Suarez makes ‘Remarkable Atletico Madrid Debut’


If his debut is anything to go by, Luis is going to have quite the career at Atletico Madrid.

Diego Simeone’s side were already 3-1 up when the Uruguayan made an appearance off the bench in the 70th minute.


It took him just a couple of minutes to have an effect on the game, playing a pass through for Marcos Llorente to score Atletico’s fourth goal.

Later in the match, Suarez won a penalty for himself, going down under the challenge of Fede Vico but, as the striker was preparing to place the ball on the spot, the decision was overturned.

Nevertheless, Suarez didn’t have to wait long for his first Atletico goal, guiding a header past Rui Silva in goal from Llorente’s cross.

In the final minute of stoppage time, the former Barcelona forward netted his second, reaching the rebound from his first shot before any of the defenders to finish past Silva again.


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Breaking: Suarez completes his first training with Atletico ahead of Laliga match day


Luis Suarez has trained with Atletico Madrid for the first time.

The 33-year-old joined up with Diego Simeone’s squad just hours after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.

As a sort of initiation, the striker was forced to run through a tunnel of his new teammates, as they slapped him on the back.

Suarez was also welcomed to Atletico by Diego Simeone, who led training for the first time since testing positive for coronavirus.


Dream come true for Atletico; ‘Joäo Felix-Suarez’s Duo after fight’


Very rarely does a club find the answer to all of its problems in the transfer market.

Atletico Madrid’s signing of Luis Suarez, though, has gone a long way to doing just that.

Diego Simeone is welcoming one of the greatest strikers of the modern era to the club, one that’s achieved so much in a career that’s included spells at Ajax, Liverpool and Barcelona.

Suarez’s 198 goals for the Blaugrana speak for themselves and Atletico will be hoping he can bring that goalscoring touch to the Wanda Metropolitano.

After all, scoring goals was Atletico’s main problem last season, largely because of the lack of a goal threat up front.

Alvaro Morata, who has now left for Juventus, led the scoring charts with just 16 goals, ahead of Diego Costa’s six.

Suarez has scored more than their combined total of 22 in five of his last six seasons at Barcelona, reaching a high of 59 during the 2015/16 campaign.

The Uruguayan’s numbers fell to 25 goals in 2018/19 and 21 in 2019/20, but he’s suffered from fitness problems and knee injuries in that time.

In fact, during his time at the Camp Nou, Suarez never let his goals per game ratio drop under 0.5, meaning he always averaged at least a goal every two games.


This kind of scoring record is well received by Atletico, who have been searching for a regular goalscorer since Costa left the club for the first time in 2014.

Antoine Griezmann has filled much of the void in that time, but his replacement, Joao Felix, hasn’t been able to back up his numbers.

If the Portuguese starlet and Suarez can connect up front, Atletico could fulfil Saul’s ambitions of challenging in every competition this term.

Suarez has history with attacking partners, having provided Lionel Messi with 47 assists at Barcelona and scored 39 goals himself from the Argentine’s passes.

We could see our first glimpse of this exciting new attacking duo at Atletico when they face Granada on Sunday.


Suarez’s legacy continues at Atletico Madrid


Atletico Madrid have had a clear Uruguayan flavour in the last decade, and the arrival of Luis Suarez will only add to that.

The 33-year-old is the third top scorer in Barcelona’s history and is also Uruguay’s record marksman.

Suarez has become the 21st Uruguayan to sign for Atletico, while he has one international team-mate currently in Diego Simeone’s squad in the form of Jose Maria Gimenez.

Since 2007, when Diego Forlan joined Atletico from Villarreal, there has not been a single season in which at least one Uruguayan has not been a part of Los Rojiblancos’ squad, which is incredible given that Uruguay’s population is just below 3.5 million.


Forlan was a huge success at what was then the Estadio Vicente Calderon, scoring 96 goals in 198 matches, as he helped the club begin a trophy-laden period in their history.

After him, the likes of Leandro Cabrera and Emiliano Velazquez arrived, albeit they failed to leave their mark, and then there were others who have made Uruguay-based chants a regular occurrence in the stands, such as Diego Godin, Gimenez and Cristian ‘Cebolla’ Rodriguez.

Now, Gimenez welcomes a new compatriot in the dressing room, following the departure of Godin in 2018.

Suarez has signed for Atletico on a two-year deal and he will be determined to prove Ronald Koeman and Barcelona wrong for allowing him to leave the Camp Nou.

His performance is yet to be seen, but what is clear is that Suarez has the opportunity to expand the list of Uruguayan players who have made history at Atletico Madrid.


Tears as Luis Suarez departs from Barca and Commends Messi


Luis Suarez highlighted his close friendship with Lionel Messi as he bid a teary farewell to Barcelona ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid.


Messi had failed to dovetail with other top strikers such as Samuel Eto’o, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa but took no time at all to gel with Suarez, who became his best friend at the club as well as a prolific strike partner.

“When I got to Barcelona everyone said be careful with Leo, that he was the main striker at the club,” an emotional Suarez said at a news conference attended by Messi, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba.

“But in our time together we always tried to perform as well as we could and I can leave here feeling very proud.”

Messi also looked set to be leaving Barcelona before walking back on his threat to end his contract unilaterally, and Suarez lashed out at the stories that appeared in the media about the two players’ influence on the club.

“It has been a crazy month, many things have been said and leaked that were invented, many things that made me angry. But everyone knows how good a relationship I have with Leo,” the Uruguayan added.


Amid all the upheaval at Barca this summer surrounding Messi’s future, it emerged that Suarez did not feature in the plans of head coach Ronald Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien in August.

Suarez had appeared set to join Italian champions Juventus, but a move to Turin collapsed after complications over the Uruguayan’s passport application.

Barcelona signed Suarez from Liverpool in July 2014 for £74m, shortly after he had been banned for four months by FIFA for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup in Brazil.

He soon formed a deadly partnership with Messi and Neymar, winning a treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in his first season.

Suarez leaves after lifting 13 trophies and hitting 198 goals to become the club’s third all-time top scorer.


“I’m grateful to the club for trusting in me in 2014 after I made an error, it wasn’t easy to accept that and they treated me marvellously since I arrived,” said Suarez.

“I came here to fulfil a dream, to play for the best club in the world and I should be very proud of everything I did.

“I suffered a lot but I’ll remember the good times, the goals I scored alongside the best player of all time.”

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu added: “He is a club legend, the third top scorer in our history, the best in his position.

“I want to highlight his character, his fighting spirit and his will to win which has helped us achieve so much in the last six years.”


Just in: Luis Suarez travels to Turin


Luis Suarez took a private flight from El Prat airport to Perugia at 13:15 CEST on Thursday, with the Barcelona striker set to take an Italian exam in order to try and qualify for Italian citizenship.

As a result, the Uruguayan’s potential move to Juventus is heating up, despite the fact that it seemed to have lost some momentum in the last few days.

Suarez took part in Barcelona’s training session on Thursday morning.


Juventus pessimistic over Barcelona Striker Luis Suarez


Juventus are ‘growing pessimistic over completing a deal for Luis Suarez’ due to issues with the Uruguayan securing Italian citizenship.

The Turin club are at their maximum allotment of foreign players in the squad, which means Suarez has to obtain an Italian passport.

The process is a slow one and Juventus are increasingly concerned that the red tape will take up too much time.

According to Goal, they are pessimistic about the deal being concluded, despite the fact that personal terms on a £9million-a-year deal have been concluded.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has no place for Suarez in his side but a fee has not yet been agreed between both clubs.

Juventus begin the defence of their crown on Sunday against Sampdoria and Pirlo is understood to be considering alternatives to Suarez.


Gonzalo Higuain’s contract was terminated so the club are eager to arrange their striking options as quickly as possible.

The situation with Suarez’s passport application is a hindrance in this regard and Edin Dzeko might well join in the coming days.

His move from Roma is dependent on the capital club signing Napoli frontman Arkadiusz Milik.

Pirlo reiterated the urgency of signing a new forward over the weekend, saying: ‘I need a striker as soon as possible. But the market is long. There will be time to be able to work until October 4.’

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has also been linked but dismissed that speculation last week.

Suarez remains of huge interest to Juventus but it seems bureaucracy may yet scupper his favoured move and prevent him teaming up with Cristiano Ronaldo in an all-star attack next season.


Suarez rules out Juve move


Luis Suarez has reportedly ruled out signing for Juventus in the current transfer window, despite having previously reached an agreement with the Old Lady.

The main reason is the bureaucratic delay in obtaining Italian citizenship, a process that was set to start on Thursday with an exam.

According to RAC1, the deadlines to get an Italian passport in order to avoiding occupying a non-EU spot could go on further than October 6.

Thus, Suarez would not be able to play in the Champions League group stage as the team’s list of registered players should be presented that day.

His intention has been to leave the Blaugrana ever since Ronald Koeman informed him that he is not counting on the Uruguay international for next season.

Suarez has offers from other clubs, but there is a dispute between him and his current employers on the logistics of his departure as he wants to collect his wages and the club are hoping for a transfer fee – even if it is a small and symbolic one.

It remains to be seen whether Koeman will give him any playing time in the friendly against Girona on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Barcelona’s technical secretary Ramon Planes avoided making any significant comments on Suarez’s future during the official presentation of Miralem Pjanic.


“Suarez is, and has been in recent years, an important player,” the director noted.

“As I said in another appearance, we have to have a lot of respect for the players who have given so much to Barcelona.

“It is evident after what happened at the end of the season that we are in a process of changing, with a new coach and new ideas and we are working on that.

“We have to respect the players and their contracts.

“The market ends on October 5 and until then many things can happen.

“But with the utmost respect towards the players and the club.”


Breaking: Luis Suarez chooses Atletico over Juventus


According to Deported Cuatro Via NobleSports, Luis Suarez could be an option for Atletico Madrid. He had been linked with Juventus, but would prefer to play with Atleti.


Shocking: Suarez denies Juventus move


Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has dismissed ‘fake news’ about his future.

Suarez has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus after reportedly being informed by new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman that he isn’t in his plans.

The 33-year-old posted a picture on his Instagram story accompanied by the message: ‘While fake news comes out… I’m good’.

In the image Suarez is seen smiling while in training with Barcelona.

There have been suggestions that the Uruguay international’s contract, which has less than a year to run, could be terminated by mutual consent to allow him to depart.


However, it appears that a move to see Suarez leave Barcelona isn’t as close as has been reported.

Reports indicated that Suarez has agreed terms on a £9million-a-year salary with Juventus.

Barcelona are in process of attempting to rebuild their squad, and have been boosted by the news that Lionel Messi will remain at the club this season.

Since joining Barcelona in 2014 he has scored 198 goals in 283 appearances.


Suarez to become ‘the 13th’ player to play alongside Messi and Ronaldo


Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated elite football for decades, picking up a countless number of trophies, awards and records.

Many footballers dream of playing against such talent but only a select few are lucky enough to play alongside one of these greats.

As it stands, there are only 12 players in history who have been fortunate enough to share the same shirt as both Ronaldo and Messi.

Luis Suarez could become the thirteenth on that list as he negotiates a deal with Juventus after being told by new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman that he is not in his plans moving forward. So, with that in mind, who else is in this exclusive club?


Fernando Gago
Played with Ronaldo at Real Madrid between 2009-2011

Played with Messi in the Argentina national team between 2007-2017

Fernando Gago arrived at Real Madrid along with Gonzalo Higuain, during their 2006-2007 campaign.

Gago linked up well with Ronaldo to help the team win the title in LaLiga, but it wasn’t long before the defensive midfielder dropped in form.

While, in a national squad flooded with attacking talent such as Messi, Gago won well over 50 caps, an Olympic gold medal in 2009 and featured in both the 2011 Copa America and the 2014 World Cup.


Gabriel Heinze
Played with Ronaldo at Manchester United between 2004-2007

Played with Messi in Argentina national team between 2005-2010

Gabriel Heinze was under contract at Sporting CP when Ronaldo joined the club; however, the pair never got to play alongside each other as the defender rounded up his loan spell in Portugal before the striker was handed his debut.

It wasn’t long before Heinze got the opportunity to share the pitch with Ronaldo as the two lined up alongside each other for Manchester United.

Heinze and Ronaldo spent three years playing together, but during that time Heinze was lucky enough to also link up with Messi.

In 2005 Heinze played with the Argentinean while on international duty. The defender was part of the starting XI and scored the winning goal, whereas Messi came off the bench to replace Lisandro Lopez.

Messi did, however, work his magic and conjure up a goal just 43 seconds into his international debut.


Gerard Pique
Played with Ronaldo at Manchester United between 2004-06 and 2007-2008
Played with Messi at Barcelona between 2008 and present
From one Barcelona legend to another.

Gerard Pique, who is the seventh most capped Barca player of all time, has lined up alongside Messi on multiple occasions.

The pair have been team-mates since 2008 and have won the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, European Super Cup, Copa del Ray and LaLiga crowns during their time together.

Although Pique is known for his accolades at Barca, the 33-year-old actually started his career at Manchester United – alongside Ronaldo. The pair had two spells playing alongside each other – 2004-2006 and 2007-2008.

Pique joined the English giants one year after Ronaldo but also spent one season on loan at Real Zaragoza.

Pique made 23 appearances alongside Ronaldo at United, and even scored twice in the Champions League group stages in 2007.


Angel Di Maria
Played with Ronaldo at Real Madrid between 2010-2014

Played with Messi in the Argentina national team between 2009 to present

Angel Di Maria has played with both Ronaldo and Messi for a substantial amount of time.

Di Maria joined Real Madrid the year after Ronaldo and went on to make 190 appearances for the club.

He established himself as one of the starting front three, alongside Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The trio were known for their ability to create impressive chances and instil fear into their opponents.

The 32-year-old old picked up six trophies alongside the Portuguese striker, before moving to Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United for just one season.

Despite creating a formidable partnership with Ronaldo, Di Maria was also known for linking up with Messi on the international stage.


Carlos Tevez
Played with Ronaldo at Manchester United between 2007-2009

Played with Messi in the Argentina national team between 2005-2015

Carlos Tevez was a name that everyone knew for many reasons, but playing alongside Messi in Argentina’s World Cup qualification match against Peru was one of the defining moments of his career.

After breaking into the national team in 2004, this was this first time Tevez had featured for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and the first time he lined up alongside fan favourite, Messi.

Subsequently, the pair played together on the international stage for five years. Tevez’s relationship with Messi blossomed as he began to learn from the best.

Developing into a star within his own right, Tevez was scouted by a host of Premier League clubs. After initially signing for West Ham Tevez joined Manchester United, where he linked up with Ronaldo.


Paulo Dybala
Played with Ronaldo at Juventus between 2018 and present

Played with Messi in the Argentina national team between 2015 and present

Paulo Dybala has played alongside Messi and Ronaldo for club and country and is developing into quite a player.

Dybala made his international debut under Gerardo Martino in 2015 and has played alongside Messi ever since.

There have previously been rumours of Dybala and Messi joining up at club level, with the Juventus forward being linked to a move to Barca.

However, the youngster instead became Ronaldo’s team-mate – when the. Portuguese joined Juventus in 2018.


Gonzalo Higuain
Played with Ronaldo at Real Madrid between 2009-2013 and Juventus between 2018 and present

Played with Messi in the Argentina national team between 2009-2019

Higuain established himself as part of the starting line up at Real Madrid long before Ronaldo’s arrival.

However, the Portuguese international’s arrival two years later was not quite so exciting for Higuain as the combination of Ronaldo and Benzema saw his first-team opportunities diminish at the Bernabeu.

Being forced out on loan to both AC Milan and Chelsea, Higuain only began playing with Ronaldo again last season, this time in Turin.

Alongside Messi, Higuain has reached a World Cup final, only to miss the big chance to seal victory for Argentina against Germany.


Henrik Larsson
Played with Ronaldo at Manchester United in 2007

Played with Messi at Barcelona between 2004-2006

Henrik Larsson experienced brief partnerships with both Messi and Ronaldo during his time at Barcelona and Manchester United.

Having established himself as a world-class player in Scotland – scoring 242 goals for Celtic – Larsson was highly sought after on the European stage.

Barca signed Larsson to accompany Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o and Deco for two seasons.

During his time at the club he lined up alongside Messi on multiple occasions and even found himself on the scoresheet next to the Argentinean international.

Larsson later left Barca and joined Manchester United in 2007.

Going from one superstar to another, Larsson regularly featured with Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha and current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Despite spending just one season at the club, Larsson made a name for himself – scoring in all competitions during the year that United won the Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.


Nelson Semedo
Played with Ronaldo in the Portugal national team between 2015 and present

Played with Messi at Barcelona between 2017 and present

As it stands, Nelson Semedo is currently playing alongside both Ronaldo and Messi.

Semedo has trained alongside Ronaldo for Portugal for several years but has only received 14 caps. Whereas, Ronaldo has made 164 appearances for his country since debuting in 2003.

Semedo has also lined up alongside Messi for Catalan giants, Barcelona. During his first season at the club, the now 26-year-old made 35 official appearances.

Much to Messi’s delight, Semedo assisted the superstar six times in his first 98 games for the club.


Ezequiel Garay
Played with Ronaldo at Real Madrid between 2009-2011

Played with Messi in the Argentina national team between 2007-2015

Despite playing alongside Ronaldo, Ezequiel Garay said choosing to leave Real Madrid in 2011 was the ‘best decision’ of his career.

Garay joined Madrid for £9million from Racing Santander in 2008 and even won a Copa del Rey medal in 2011 but could not secure a regular place in the starting XI.

Garay did, however, link up with Ronaldo during their 6-0 win over Real Zaragoza in December 2009 to score a phenomenal goal.

Having spent the majority of his time at Real Madrid warming the bench, Garay played an essential role for his country. Garay lined up alongside Messi for the better part of eight years on the international stage.


Played with Ronaldo in the Portugal national team between 2003-2010
Played with Messi at Barcelona between 2004-2008
Deco played an instrumental role in the rise of Messi. The attacking midfielder was the one who was substituted to make way for Messi’s debut for Barcelona.

Since then, Messi has become Barca’s all-time top scorer with 634 goals in 731 games, and LaLiga’s record goalscorer with 444 in 485 appearances.

Deco was also present for Ronaldo’s international debut for Portugal against Kazakhstan in 2003.

The pair went on to create a formidable partnership, with their first combined goal coming in 2004 at the Euros.


Andre Gomes
Played with Ronaldo in the Portugal national team between 2014 and present
Played with Messi at Barcelona between 2016-2018
In the summer of 2016, Andre Gomes faced the biggest decision of his football career – whether to join Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Gomes made up his mind and signed for the Catalan giants in a deal worth around £31m. Big things were expected of Gomes as they had believed he would be Andres Iniesta’s successor and a partner to Messi.

But the Portugal international struggled to find his form at the Nou Camp and only lasted two seasons alongside Messi.

During his dismal time at Barca, Gomes even dropped out of the international set up – having first lined up alongside Ronaldo at the age of 19 during a friendly against Ecuador in February 2013.

He later rejoined the squad after suffering a severe ankle injury. The pair are expected to provide their country with a series of goals this year and next in the Nations League and rearranged Euros.

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Luis Suarez has been asked by new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman to train on his own as he prepares to leave the LaLiga club for Juventus.

The Uruguayan forward is in talks with the Spanish club to terminate his contract, which expires in 2021, after six successful years at the Camp Nou.

According to Spanish news outlet Marca, Suarez has reportedly agreed a £9million salary with the Serie A champions in a move that would see him link-up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.


And several reports, including ESPN, have claimed that the striker is training away from the first-team group alongside Arturo Vidal and another fitness coach while his future gets resolved.

Suarez posted an image of him training with Barcelona on his Instagram story with the caption, ‘Professional’, implying that he will remain dedicated to the LaLiga club while he remains a player there.

The forward’s proposed £9million salary in Italy will see him receive a lower wage compared to what he currently earns at Barcelona, though the 33-year-old is expected to earn additional sums in bonuses and image rights payments.

The 33-year-old is the third-highest goalscorer in Barcelona’s history with 198 to his name – despite only joining the Catalans six years ago.


Yet new boss Koeman has refused to include him in his plans for next season and is set to depart the club alongside Vidal – who has been strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan.

Suarez was reportedly told by the Dutch manager that his services are no longer required in a one-minute phone call which left the Uruguayan stunned.

The striker was also upset at the radio silence by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu over his future, with Barcelona fans already upset at their own chief over the way he has handled Lionel Messi’s transfer saga.

During his time at the Camp Nou, Suarez has won four LaLiga titles, four Spanish Cups along with the Champions League and Club World Cup titles in 2015. He originally joined the Catalans for a £65million from Liverpool in 2014.

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Luis Suarez to join Juventus any moment


Suarez has agreed to join Juventus from Barcelona and is nearing the exit door if he can finalise his payoff.

The 33-year-old striker looks set to combine with Cristiano Ronaldo next season rather than Lionel Messi with his time at the Nou Camp coming to an end.

According to Guillem Balague, Suarez is happy to be paid one season’s wages by Barcelona to get him to move on and he has agreed to join the Italian side.

The Uruguayan does not have to leave Barcelona and has one more year on his existing deal.

If he played 60 per cent of the games next season he would trigger another year extension but it appears all parties are ready to move on.


He will join Andrea Pirlo’s side as either a free agent or for a small nominal transfer fee.

Balague reports that the departure will have no impact on the decision Lionel Messi makes about his future at Barcelona.

Suarez will be fondly remembered in Catalonia having delivered consistently for the team having joined from Liverpool for £74million six years ago.

He scored a whopping 198 goals in 283 appearances, combining with Messi and for a time Neymar with devastating effect.

Suarez was an integral part of the side that won the Champions League, LaLiga and Copa del Rey back in 2014-15.

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Messi decides his future while playing Padel with Suarez


Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona hangs in the balance.

And it could be decided over games of padel at Messi’s Castelldefels home with his team-mate Luis Suarez, who himself is nearing a move to Juventus.

Messi still hasn’t spoken publicly about his intentions, and Wednesday’s meeting between his father Jorge and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu served only to reinforce that both parties aren’t budging on their stances.

The Messi camp believe he can leave for free having invoked his break clause, but Barcelona maintain that his 700 million euro release clause needs to be paid.

Suarez looks likely to seal his move to Juventus in the coming days, although there are other European clubs interested in him.


Messi has so far not turned up to any of new coach Ronald Koeman’s training sessions – and that doesn’t look likely to change.

Jorge Messi will meet Blaugrana officials again in the coming days, where he will hope that negotiations take a step forward.

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Shocking: Suarez phone calls Chiellini


Luis Suarez has phoned Giorgio Chiellini in a bid to clear the air as the Barcelona striker edges closer to a move to Juventus.

The Uruguay international infamously bit the Serie A defender on the shoulder during his side’s World Cup group stage game against Italy in Brazil in 2014.

Suarez was not sent off that day as the referee did not see it but was later banned from football for four months.

Now he has spoken to Chiellini as he aims to put the incident behind them and move on as potential team-mates according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Despite the savage nature of Suarez’s chomp, Chiellini has since shrugged off the incident.

He said: ‘Suddenly I noticed he had bit my shoulder.


‘It just happened, but this is his contact strategy in hand-to-hand combat and, if I may say so, it is mine too.

‘He and I are similar.’

Suarez also took responsibility for his actions at the time so a meeting between the two in the coming weeks should not be too awkward.

Suarez said: ‘I admit I was wrong, but I am a human being.

‘Each player has his own style of play, his own character and this got me where I am now.’

Juventus are set to land Suarez in a deal worth just £4.4million as Barcelona continue their summer clear out under new boss Ronald Koeman.

At 33-years-old, Barca are keen to move on the striker in a bid to ease their wage bill and Juventus are hopeful a cut-price deal for the former Liverpool hitman can be done within the next three weeks in time for the start of the new Serie A campaign.


According to Sky Sports Italia, Juventus are hoping that with Suarez in their side they could field one of the best front three in Europe alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.

Juventus have excellent relations with Barcelona and are confident an agreement for Suarez’s move to the Allianz Stadium can be arranged swiftly.

Suarez has already agreed a three-year-deal with Juve worth around £9million-a-year with bonus clauses to be added.

However, the deal could be held up by Suarez’s financial demands from the Nou Camp outfit in relation to the move.

It is understood the Uruguay hitman is demanding £22m in severance pay and is not willing to negotiate lowering his request.

Suarez’s contract at the Nou Camp expires next summer having joined them six years ago from Liverpool.

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Shocking: Juventus tables offer For Suarez


Juventus are set to land Luis Suarez in a deal worth just £4.4million as Barcelona continue their summer clear out under new boss Ronald Koeman.

At 33-years-old, Barca are keen to move on the striker in a bid to ease their wage bill and Juventus are hopeful a cut-price deal for the former Liverpool hitman can be done within the next three weeks in time for the start of the new Serie A campaign.

According to Sky Sports Italia, Juventus are hoping that with Suarez in their side they could field one of the best front three in Europe alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.

Juventus have excellent relations with Barcelona and are confident an agreement for Suarez’s move to the Allianz Stadium can be arranged swiftly.

Suarez has already agreed a three-year-deal with Juve worth around £9million-a-year with bonus clauses to be added.

However, the deal could be held up by Suarez’s financial demands from the Nou Camp outfit in relation to the move.

It is understood the Uruguay hitman is demanding £22m in severance pay and is not willing to negotiate lowering his request.

Barca are more hopeful that with Juventus being the striker’s choice of destination he will eventually lower his demands having been caught pleasantly surprised by the interest shown in him by the Italian champions.


Suarez’s contract at the Nou Camp expires next summer having joined them six years ago from Liverpool.

He has enjoyed a successful spell at Barcelona in that time, netting 198 goals in 283 games.

However despite scoring an impressive 21 goals in 36 games last season, he was sidelined by knee surgery in the first part of 2020.

Despite returning post lockdown he was unable to prevent Barca’s downturn in form which included losing the LaLiga title to rivals Real Madrid and suffering a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Luis Suarez agrees personal terms with Juventus


Luis Suarez has reportedly agreed personal terms with Juventus as the former Liverpool striker edges closer to a Barcelona exit.

The 33-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp with new boss Ronald Koeman set to overhaul the underachieving squad he has inherited.

Ajax and Paris-Saint Germain are also believed to be in the running to sign Suarez, who has entered the final year of his Barcelona contract.

But the Uruguayan striker has agreed a deal with Juventus that could see him form a devastating attacking partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport cited by Marca.

According to the report, a second meeting between the Serie A giants and Suarez’s representatives saw personal terms agreed worth around £9m per year – a similar figure to his Barcelona deal.

It is claimed that Juve vice president Pavel Nedved contacted Suarez personally ahead of the second meeting.


Juventus are looking to replace Gonzalo Higuain, who has been linked with a move to Inter Miami, and are also believed to be interested in Roma striker Edin Dzeko.

Meanwhile, Ajax are hoping to fund a move for Suarez using the £40m the Dutch club are set to receive from the impending sale of Donny van de Beek to Manchester United.

Spanish publication Sport claims Ajax director of football Marc Overmars is hopeful of persuading Suarez back the club where he starred before signing for Liverpool for £24m in 2011.

Suarez scored 69 goals in 110 Premier League for the Reds before leaving in 2014 in a £74m switch to Barcelona, for whom he has smashed 147 goals in 191 La Liga matches.

Overmars has been up front to the Uruguayan about the financial situation at Ajax, and has vowed to present an economic proposal in the coming days.

Van de Beek is expected to sign for United in the coming days on a five-year deal with the option of an extra year.

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Just in: Luis Suarez to Juventus almost deal done


With Gonzalo Higuain on the move, Juventus are in the market for a striker and are thought to be closing in on Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan has been deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Ronald Koeman and is now looking for a new club.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, personal terms have been agreed between Suarez and Juventus in a second meeting between the club and the player’s representatives.

The striker, who has spent six years at Barcelona, had already been contacted by vice president, Pavel Nedved prior to the second meeting.


The player’s contract is thought to be in the region of ten million euros per year after tax which is the same wage Suarez is currently earning at Barcelona.

Juventus would have to pay a further five million euros to secure the Uruguayan, due to Italian taxation.

Another player that Juventus are thought to be interested in is Eden Dzeko from Roma.

However, Juventus would have to pay a transfer fee of around ten million for the Bosnian on top of his wages, something they wouldn’t have to do for Suarez, who would be leaving Barcelona on a free transfer.

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