Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez were the joint winners of the ESM Golden Shoe after their fruitful 2013-14 seasons, but the players will not receive the award at the same ceremony after a supposed refusal from the Real Madrid icon.
Ronaldo and Suarez were both on target 31 times during league fixtures last term, the most of any players in Europe’s most prominent leagues, and will thus both be awarded in order to mark this shared achievement.
The Golden Shoe, one for each player, had been scheduled to be presented at a ceremony next week but, reports Mundo Deportivo, Ronaldo had objected to this proposal and separate arrangements have now been made.
Suarez will receive his trophy next Wednesday as planned but Ronaldo, seemingly in the hope of courting more attention and praise, will wait until November before his presentation is made in Madrid.
It is the third occasion that Ronaldo has won the Golden Shoe but a maiden triumph for Suarez, with the Uruguayan finishing top of the Premier League’s goalscoring charts by some distance during a superb season with Liverpool.
The Guardian reports that Suarez had celebrate his award with the Liverpool supporters by returning to Anfield for an on-pitch ceremony, although this did not prove possible and a compromise has been settled upon.
As an alternative Suarez has invited Steven Gerrard and former manager Kenny Dalglish, who signed him from Ajax, to give him the award in Barcelona, although the Liverpool captain will be unable to attend the event.
Dalglish will instead attend alone with Suarez flying out the Anfield legend following the player’s insistence that he wanted to share the award with Liverpool, the club he left for Barcelona only this summer.
Barcelona paid a club record fee to secure the acquisition of Suarez after Liverpool had finally conceded that the striker should be sold following his enormous ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
Suarez was suspended for nine competitive international matches and banned from any football activity for four months, but will be able to represent Uruguay in their friendly encounter with Saudi Arabia on Friday after an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The 27-year-old will finally be able to make his Barcelona debut on October 25 against Real Madrid in the season’s first Clasico.