Luis Suárez

Squad No. 7
Date of Birth December 2, 1997
Age 24
Height 185cm
Team
Position Forward
Birthplace Santa Marta
Previous Clubs Watford

Luis Javier Suárez Charris (born 2 December 1997) is a Colombian footballer who plays as a centre-forward for Spanish club Granada.

Born in Santa Marta, Suárez made his senior debut with Leones on 5 October 2015, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–3 Categoría Primera B away loss against América de Cali. The following 1 March, after eight first-team appearances, he was loaned to Granada CF until 2017 with a buyout clause, and was assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B.

On 17 July 2017, after having his federative rights assigned to Watford, Suárez was loaned to Real Valladolid B in the third division for a year. The following 9 July, after scoring 11 goals, he joined Segunda División side Gimnàstic de Tarragona also in a temporary deal.

Suárez made his professional debut on 20 August 2018, replacing Tete Morente late into a 1–1 home draw against CD Tenerife. He scored his first goal on 7 October, netting the equalizer in a 1–1 draw at Cádiz CF.

On 21 June 2019, Suárez was loaned to Real Zaragoza, still in the Spanish second division. He ended the regular season with 19 goals, being the team’s top goalscorer, but was not allowed to play in the play-offs as his loan ended.

On 2 October 2020, Suárez returned to Granada on a five-year contract, for a fee of £10 million.

Luis Suárez

Squad No. 9
Date of Birth January 24, 1987
Age 35
Height 182cm
Team
Position Forward
Birthplace Salto
Previous Clubs FC Barcelona

Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (born 24 January 1987) is a footballer who plays as a striker for Atlético Madrid and the Uruguay national team.

Regarded as one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest strikers of all time, Suárez has won twenty major trophies in his career, including seven league titles and a UEFA Champions League at club level, as well as the 2011 Copa América with Uruguay. A prolific goalscorer, Suárez has won two European Golden Shoes, an Eredivisie Golden Boot, a Premier League Golden Boot, and the Pichichi Trophy. He has scored over 500 career goals for club and country.

Nicknamed El Pistolero (‘The Gunman’), Suárez began his senior club career at Nacional in 2005. At age 19, he signed for Groningen, before transferring to Ajax in 2007. There, he won an Eredivisie title and KNVB Cup. In 2011, Suárez signed for Premier League club Liverpool, and won the League Cup in his first full season. In 2014, he equalled the goalscoring record for a 38-game Premier League season and won his first European Golden Shoe. That summer, Suárez moved to Barcelona in a transfer worth €82.3 million (£64.98 million), making him one of the most expensive players in football history.

In his first season, he won a continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona. In his second season, Suárez won the Pichichi Trophy and his second European Golden Shoe, becoming the first player since 2009 to win both awards other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. He also led La Liga in assists, becoming the first player to do so in both goals and assists in league history. With Barcelona, he won ten additional trophies, including three La Liga titles and three Copas del Rey. He signed for Atlético Madrid in 2020, winning his fifth La Liga title on his debut season.

At international level, Suárez is Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer, and has represented his nation at three editions of the FIFA World Cup and Copa América, as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Suárez has been a source of controversy throughout his career. As well as his goal-line handball against Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he has also bitten opponents on three occasions. Suárez has also been accused of and admitted to diving, and in 2011, the FA found him guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, a decision Suárez disputes.

Suárez creates goal scoring chances with his powerful shot, and has “remarkable technical ability” according to his FIFA profile. Known for his direct running at players, Suárez has a particular penchant for nutmegging opponents (putting the ball through their legs). Liverpool fans (accompanied with a banner) used to say he was so good, “he could nutmeg a mermaid”. Often regarded by many as one of the best strikers of all time, Suarez is a prolific goalscorer, having the rare distinction of being the leading scorer in three top-flight European leagues, a feat only matched by Ruud van Nistelrooy.