Barcelona is going through a period of transition and changes as the club aims to hit back after their dismal performances last season. Ronald Koeman took charge of the club and started to make the right calls immediately. The foremost concern in Barcelona was the economic crisis caused due to the coronavirus pandemic. Big-money signings from the past few seasons also added to the misery as the players did not show their worth.
Koeman had to let go of important players like Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic. The list also included Luis Suarez who did not leave the club on good terms. The Uruguayan joined the club from the Premier League side, Liverpool, back in 2014.
Suarez’s legacy at Barcelona
In his 6 years at the club, he won 4 La Liga titles and the Champions League scoring numerous goals to become the third-highest goal scorer of all time for Barcelona. However, Suarez almost had his contract terminated to leave the club but the board wanted to avail some boost in funds from his sale.
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He bonded really well with the six-time Balon D’or winner Lionel Messi who dedicated a post on the striker’s departure.
Atletico Madrid snapped up the unsettled forward in the summer transfer window for 6 million euros. In a post-match interview after his match representing his nation against Chile in the World Cup Qualifier, he spoke about his time at Barcelona. He revealed he was no happy at Camp Nou due to the antics of the board and the unusual processes which prevailed at the club.
Lack of support from Barcelona toward Suarez
As per Metro, Suarez told ESPN the club wanted to remove him from Leo’s side. He wonders how it could have any effect on the team in any way. The 33-yea-old also expressed his feelings about the Messi transfer saga. He wished that Barcelona should have let Messi leave the club instead of holding onto him in an unprofessional manner. Even Suarez realizes Messi will be happy if a new board is appointed.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi both levelled the record of Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario scoring 37 goals in World Cup Qualifiers. It is a rare coincidence both of them equalled the tally in a similar manner scoring from the penalty spot. Argentina won their fixture against Ecuador 1-0 as Uruguay defeated Chile 2-1.