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Luis Suarez

Regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, Luis Suarez captained the Uruguay football team at the Olympic Games London 2012.

He has played in two World Cups, in 2010 and in 2014, and his move to Barcelona from Liverpool for GBP 65m in July 2014 made him one of the most expensive players in the history of the game.

Suarez is the all-time record goalscorer for the Uruguayan national team, but he has also been a controversial figure during his career, which has seen him serve bans for biting opponents on three different occasions.

Suarez started his professional football career as a youth player with Nacional, signing with Groningen in the Netherlands for the 2006-2007 season.

But his career really took after after joining Ajax where he scored more than 100 goals during a prolific four-year spell from 2007.

His pace, goalscoring abilities and creativity alerted many of the top sides in Europe and in 2011 Suarez joined Liverpool in the English Premier League, where he was the league’s top scorer with 31 goals, was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and shared the Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo.

In 2014 Suarez joined FC Barcelona, playing alongside fellow superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar and he won his second European Gold Shoe.

Suarez scored 25 goals and the trio managed a staggering 122 goals in their first season together as Barca won the the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League.

Born in Salto, Uruguay, Suarez is the fourth of seven boys. He married Sofia Balbi in 2009, who he had known since he was 15, and they have a daughter and a son. His brother Paolo is a professional player in El Salvador.


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