Striker Luis Suarez – who is leading the scoring list in La Liga – revealed more about the reason he left Barca in the summer transfer window of 2020.
“What makes me really uncomfortable is that the Barca leader said that I am old and can no longer play at the highest level,” Suarez said in the newspaper. France Football on February 22. “They said that they no longer believe in me. They threw me away, while I deserved some respect.”
In his six years at Barca, Suarez won 13 titles, played 283 games, scored 198 goals and assisted 109 times. He is the third most scorer in the club’s history, behind Lionel Messi and Cesar. However, in the summer of 2020, then President Josep Bartomeu determined to eliminate Suarez in the plan of major reform.
“If I don’t show anything at Barca in three or four seasons, I can understand their decision. But I have scored more than 20 goals per season. I always have good statistics, after Messi. “, Added Suarez. “This stage, obviously, playing for Barca has not been an easy thing. Many scouts have failed to meet expectations. I have reached a certain level at Barca in six years and have done what I have done. I expect”.
After many pushes, Suarez finally landed at Atletico for $ 7 million. And the current development proves that it is a big mistake for Barca. The 34-year-old striker is leading the La Liga top scorer race with 16 goals, similar to Messi. He was instrumental in helping Atletico lead the league, having three more points and playing less than a game than second-placed Real Madrid. Barca are currently fourth with eight points less.
“The problem is self-esteem,” added Suarez. “After all these years at Barca, I still want to prove that I am useful at the highest level. I never give up, even in a difficult situation. This motivated me to go to Atletico. My force is to show that the team can still trust me “.
Thanh Quy (follow France Football)