Sunday, 16 December 2018

Luis Suarez: El Clasico Debut Is Fate

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El Clasico Debut Was Meant To Be, Says Suarez.

​Luis Suarez believes it was written in the stars for him to make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid.

The Uruguay star is in line to make his long-awaited Barca bow at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 25 - a day after the expiry of his four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Suarez looked sharp in his country's friendly against Oman on Monday, scoring twice in a comfortable 3-0 victory.

The former Liverpool man has now set his sights firmly on El Clasico - and feels destiny has decreed that he will debut for Barca at the home of their fiercest rivals Real.

"It's a huge coincidence but I'm looking forward to the experience," Suarez told Barca Magazine.

"You know, I'm the kind of person who believes that things happen for a reason, and of all 19 teams in the league, it's precisely against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu that I'll make my comeback."

"There must be a reason."

Suarez's first UEFA Champions League appearance for Barca is set to come on November 5 at Ajax - a club he captained and scored 111 goals in 159 appearances for prior to moving to Liverpool in January 2011.

And, much like the fact his bow for Barca will come against Real, Suarez believes it is fate that he will play against Ajax this season.

"There are so many coincidences - and in Amsterdam of all places!" he added.

"To go back there after so much time and to return in the Champions League against the first team I played the Champions League with, for the team I have dreamed of all my life, which is Barcelona - yes, it's destiny again."

"It will be a very special game for me, to meet again with all the people at the club, and the fans. I love all of that."

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Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (born 24 January 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan national team as a striker.

In July 2014, Suárez moved to Barcelona for a fee reported by the English press in the region of £75 million (€94 million), while Barcelona claim a fee of £65 million (€81 million), making him the third most expensive player in football history.

He is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.

Suárez began his career as a youth player for Nacional in 2003.

He signed for Groningen in the Eredivisie in 2006 and transferred to Ajax in 2007.

In 2008–09 he was named Ajax Player of the Year.

The following year, he was made the club captain, helping Ajax win the KNVB Cup while becoming the league's top scorer with 35 goals in 33 games.

He was also named Dutch Footballer of the Year and scored 49 goals in all competitions.

In the 2010–11 season, he scored his one hundredth Ajax goal, joining a group of players including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp in doing so.

In January 2011, Suárez transferred to Liverpool for €26.5 million (£22.8 million).

In February 2012, Suárez won the Football League Cup with the club.

In April 2014 he won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, becoming the first non-European to win the award, and the FWA Footballer of the Year.

As the Premier League's top scorer with 31 goals he won the Premier League Golden Boot, and shared the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Suárez represented Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup.

In the 2010 World Cup, he played an important role in Uruguay's fourth place finish and scored three goals, and blocked an extra time goalbound header with his hands during the quarter finals against Ghana.

At the 2011 Copa América, Suárez scored four goals for Uruguay as they won a record fifteenth Copa América and was named Player of the Tournament.

On 23 June 2013, he became Uruguay's all-time record goalscorer with 35 goals.

At the 2014 World Cup he scored his 40th goal.

Suárez has been the source of much controversy throughout his career.

As well as his 2010 World Cup goal-line handball, he has also bitten three opponents, the latest being Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, has been widely accused of and admitted to diving, and was found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Patrice Evra, a decision Suárez disputes.