Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez: Life, Clubs, Family, Stats and Net Worth

Luis Suárez is also known as “El Pistolero,” and is a highly esteemed Uruguayan soccer player. He currently represents Inter Miami in Major League Soccer and his home country Uruguay on the international stage.

Widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the sport’s history Suárez has earned numerous prestigious awards including two European Golden Shoes.

His remarkable career spans over 500 goals and has taken him through clubs like Nacional, Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool, and Barcelona, where he formed a formidable attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Neymar, famously known as MSN.

Despite his immense success on the field, Suárez’s journey hasn’t been without controversy with biting incidents and accusations of diving staining his otherwise stellar reputation.

Luis Suárez Bio

  • Full Name: Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz
  • Date of Birth: 24 January 1987 (age 37)
  • Place of Birth: Salto, Uruguay
  • Professional Debut: 2005
  • Jersey Number: 9
  • Position: Forward, Striker

Early Career and Move to Nacional & Groningen:

Luis Suárez

Suárez began his football journey in Salto before moving to Montevideo, where he joined Urreta’s youth team. He later joined Nacional’s youth setup, making his first-team debut at 18 and contributing significantly to their 2005-06 Uruguayan league victory.

Spotted by Dutch club Groningen scouts, Suárez’s move to Europe materialized after a standout performance. Despite initial struggles with language and discipline, he adapted well, scoring crucial goals and catching the eye of bigger clubs.

Ajax Era & Transfer to Liverpool: Success and Departure

Suárez’s tenure at Ajax was marked by both brilliance and controversy. He formed a prolific partnership with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar excelling as a goal scorer and earning accolades like Ajax Player of the Year. However, disciplinary issues including a biting incident, marred his time there.

Suárez’s move to Liverpool in 2011 for a then-club-record fee signified a new chapter. Despite initial success and individual accolades including a PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, controversies, such as a racial abuse incident, and another biting incident, clouded his time at Anfield.

Despite the controversies Suárez’s on-field performance remained stellar, winning the Premier League Golden Boot and sharing the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2013-14 season.

However, his desire to leave Liverpool and the subsequent fallout with the club marked the end of his tenure there.

Barcelona Signing, MSN Trio, and Treble Winner

In July 2014, Luis Suárez joined Barcelona for a record fee, but he missed the beginning of the season due to a suspension for biting an opponent during the World Cup.

Despite this setback, he made his debut in a friendly match and went on to have a stellar season, contributing to Barcelona’s treble win.

Suárez debuted competitively for Barcelona in October 2014, forming a formidable trio with Messi and Neymar. He played a crucial role in key matches, scoring in Champions League ties and crucial league games.

His efforts helped Barcelona secure the treble, winning La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.

The following season saw Suárez continuing his prolific form, winning his second European Golden Shoe and leading Barcelona to domestic success. He scored numerous hat-tricks and broke records, solidifying his status as one of the world’s top strikers.

Suárez’s third season at Barcelona saw him contributing consistently, including scoring in crucial matches like El Clásico and the Champions League comeback against PSG. Despite a red card that ruled him out of the Copa del Rey final, Barcelona still clinched the title.

Atlético Madrid Debut and Fifth La Liga Title

Joining Atlético Madrid, Suárez made an immediate impact, becoming their top scorer and leading them to a La Liga title in his debut season. His contributions were crucial in securing the championship.

In his second season at Atlético Madrid, Suárez continued to excel before announcing his departure at the end of the season due to knee issues. Despite this, he remained a key player for the team.

Return to Nacional & Grêmio Stint

Suárez returned to his boyhood club Nacional, making a significant impact and helping them win the Uruguayan Primera División title.

Suárez joined Grêmio, where he enjoyed success but faced rumours of early retirement due to knee problems. He eventually shortened his contract and continued to perform at a high level for the club.

The Inter Miami Move

Suárez signed with Inter Miami, reuniting with former teammates Messi, Busquets, and Alba. He made an immediate impact, showcasing his scoring prowess in the MLS.

On 4 May, Suárez scored his first hat-trick for the club with the help of three assists from Messi in a 6–2 win over the New York Red Bulls.

Luis Suárez career stats:

Club stats:

Nacional: 12 Goals from 35 matches

Groningen: 15 goals from 37 matches

Ajax: 111 Goals from 159 matches

Liverpool: 82 Goals from 133 matches

Barcelona: 198 Goals from 283 matches

Atlético Madrid: 34 Goals from 83 matches

Grêmio: 29 Goals from 54 matches

Inter Miami: 13 Goals from 16 matches

International stats:

Uruguay: 138 Goals from 68 matches. (Combined stats of U-20, U-23 and senior team)

Luis Suárez Personal Life and Family:

Luis Suárez was born in Uruguay and got married to Sofía Balbi in 2009 and they have three children. Raised in poverty, he honed his football skills on the streets of Montevideo. Fluent in Spanish, Dutch, and English, he’s of mixed race with a black grandfather.

Suárez faced controversy over racial remarks but his family defended him, citing cultural differences. He moved to Barcelona in 2014 to be closer to Sofía’s family. In 2020, he faced allegations of cheating to gain Italian citizenship. Suárez mentors young Uruguayan footballers and is a devout Catholic.

Luis Suárez Salary and Net Worth:

Luis Suarez’s current net worth is estimated at approximately $70 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Alongside his football earnings, sponsorship deals with companies like Adidas, Puma, Beats, and Pepsi have bolstered his wealth. However, his move to Inter Miami is rumoured to result in a drop in earnings.

Reports suggest that Suarez has signed a one-year deal with Inter Miami worth $200,000, a significant reduction compared to his previous earnings at Gremio where he made over $200,000 per month.

Despite this pay cut, Suarez is motivated by the opportunity to reunite with Messi. Although there’s a substantial difference in pay between Suarez and Messi, their reunion holds special significance for Suarez.