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Luis Suárez could not bear the tears in his farewell to Barcelona and pointed out that “in addition to a player, a human being who has feelings leaves.” The Uruguayan He will play for Atlético de Madrid next season.
Visibly moved and with a broken voice since he began his speech, Suárez assured that he will “always” be “grateful” to the club for “the trust” he placed in him when he signed him in 2014.
“Barça knew in the conditions that came, that he had made a mistake (FIFA had sanctioned him four months without playing for biting the Italian Giorgio Chiellini in the Brazil World Cup), and I will always be grateful for that,” he confessed.
Suárez’s tears turned into a smile after a video with his best moments was shown in the 1899 Auditorium of the Camp Nou, where the act of his goodbye was held.
“From here I am taking friends,” said the Uruguayan forward, wrapped in his farewell by his wife, Sofía Balbi, the four team captains -Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto- and also Jordi Alba.
He was also accompanied by the president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who highlighted “his charisma, his human version and especially his sports version” and that “he is already part of the Barça legend”.
And it is that Suárez goes to Atlético de Madrid as the third highest scorer in the history of Barcelona (198 goals) and after lifting thirteen titles (1 Champions League, 1 Club World Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 4 Leagues, 4 Cups of the Rey and 2 Spanish Super Cups) in six seasons.
“It was seeing a dream come true, but I never imagined reaching these figures. You must always perform at your best here and you don’t know how many years you can be. I am more than proud and satisfied with some spectacular and wonderful years at Barça”, stated.
He also remembered his friend Leo Messi, present in the room: “I agree that my children have seen me play with the best in the world,” he stressed, referring to the Argentine star.
Although he admitted that he has not yet “digested” having to leave the Barça entity, he did not want to look for culprits in his departure. “I’m not going to please anyone. I’m going to leave like the great player I was at Barcelona, because of the numbers and the history he has made in this club,” he insisted.
At 33, he assured that he has chosen Atlético, because he believes that he can still perform in a team of the highest level. “I feel capable of continuing to play in Laliga, I am really looking forward to it and I want to show that I can continue competing, if not in Barcelona in another team,” said the Uruguayan, who started the applause of those present at the event on several occasions in one emotionally charged press conference.
Of course, despite the fact that he will now wear rojiblanco, he wanted to make it clear that he will always be Barça, despite the fact that he would have liked to be the one who chose the moment of his goodbye. “Wherever it is, there will be one more culé,” he summarized.