Luis Suarez Receives Golden Boot
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is looking forward to ending his FIFA ban and says he will be fit to face Real Madrid if selected later this month.
“There’s not long to go and my eagerness to play is always there,” Suarez said Wednesday as he picked up a Golden Boot award, which he shares with Cristiano Ronaldo. The two forwards were Europe’s top league scorers last season with 31 goals each.
The Uruguay international is suspended for four months at club level and nine competitive internationals after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup in Brazil. Suarez could make his competitive Barcelona debut alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar on October 25, a day after the ban ends, when the Catalan side visits Madrid. Asked if he felt ready to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, Suarez said: “Right now I am at 100 percent. A player always needs to be prepared, and making a debut at the Bernabeu would be wonderful, given the rivalry that exists.”
Suarez received the award from former Liverpool coach Kenny Daglish who signed the forward for the Merseyside team in 2011. Daglish said he had always been impressed by Suarez, although he could only watch him on television initially. “He’s a fantastic player, Liverpool needed somebody and when the director of football put his name forward it was an immediate ‘yes’,” Daglish said.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said Suarez was missed by the Merseyside club. “You were unbelievable all season for us, a magical player, and Barcelona are very, very lucky to have your services moving forward,” Gerrard said.
Luis Suarez joined Barcelona for 81 million euros ($108 million) in a bid to help the club return to winning ways after it failed to win major silverware last season.