In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
While Liverpool battling for the Premier League title is no longer a rather unexpected sight, it was during Luis Suarez’s time there. Still, during his stint, the South American marksman scored 82 goals and provided 47 assists in 133 appearances for the Reds during his time in the Premier League, winning the coveted Golden Boot award in 2013-14 having found the net 31 times in 33 games.
Suarez may have only spent three years in Merseyside, but he will forever have a place in the club’s history, given just how close he came to leading them to a Premier League title in 2014. During his final season in England, he bagged 31 goals and laid on a further 12 assists as the Reds slipped up as Manchester City capitalised, before going to the 2014 World Cup with Uruguay, during which he bit Giorgio Chiellini and was duly banned from football for four months.
So, his arrival at Barcelona five years ago, for a reported £73m (per Transfermarkt), was somewhat controversial. Unable to feature until late October despite signing in the summer, the Blaugrana weren’t put off despite the controversy.
Since then, the Uruguayan has etched his name into the history books of another huge European club, scoring 183 goals and providing 96 assists (and counting).
Suarez is arguably one of Barcelona’s best-ever forwards, as alluded to by ESPN who wrote in 2016 ‘Suarez has already superseded many of Barca’s best-ever strikers, and if he continues at his current rate, future players will have a tough time living up to his standard.’
The 32-year-old is the Blaugrana’s second-top goalscorer of all-time, behind Messi, and although he is now entering the twilight stages of a glistening career in Catalonia, he still continues to prove his talents in La Liga – scoring four league goals so far this term; six in all competitions this season.
A treble winner in 2015 and a serial trophy collector since signing, even the huge money spent on him half a decade ago now looks a relative bargain given the fact the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have since joined for over £100m though proved nowhere near as effective.
Suarez was on the scoresheet for Barca during their recent 4-0 win over Sevilla at the weekend, and rescued the Spaniards against Inter Milan in last week’s Champions League group stage encounter at the Camp Nou, scoring twice to ensure his team came from a goal behind to beat the Italians on home turf.
Suarez is one of the greatest centre-forwards in recent history; what he has done for Barcelona throughout the previous five years should be commended by every single fan in that part of the world. When he does eventually leave the club (Marca recently linked him with a move to America) – whenever that may be – he will rightfully leave a hero.
Barcelona fans, where does Suarez rank among your clubs best-ever players? Let us know below!
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