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Luis Suarez receives Golden Shoe award

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Barcelona forward Luis Suarez received the Golden Shoe award from Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish on Wednesday evening, and went on to dedicate the award to his former-Anfield teammates.

The Uruguayan international won the trophy for scoring the most goals in Europe last season - he managed 31 for Liverpool last term.

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That earned him a move to Barcelona, although his competitive debut has been delayed following the global football ban he received for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

"My three-and-a-half years there were spectacular and I would not have won this without them" - Luis Suarez on Liverpool

He has played in two friendlies for Uruguay over the last week, and is gearing up to make his La Liga debut against Real Madrid in El Clasico on October 25.

Liverpool interest

It was a Liverpool love-in at the ceremony as 'You'll Never Walk Alone' played through the speakers as Suarez stepped up to collect his award.

"My three-and-a-half years there were spectacular and I would not have won this without them," Suarez said as reported by the Daily Mail.

"I would also like to thank the man who brought me to the club [Dalglish signed Suarez from Ajax]."

Gerrard's message

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard sent in a video message, congratulating his former teammate on the title. He said: "Good luck for the future mate, we wish you well. Thanks for everything you did last season for us. Barcelona are very lucky to have you."

Suarez's 31 goals last term helped Liverpool to second in the Premier League table, and they came within a whisker of an unlikely league title. His move to Barcelona came after the World Cup, with the Spanish giants keen to sign him despite the fact he wouldn't be available until October.

"Every player has to be prepared to play every game - I feel good" - Luis Suarez

Suarez on El Clasico

"Every player has to be prepared to play every game - I feel good," Suarez said. "Maybe if you had asked me two weeks ago the answer would not have been the same, but after the two friendlies with Uruguay I am very happy with the condition I am in.

"I feel a lot better than - thought I would."

A Barcelona player has now won the last three awards, as Lionel Messi won the two previous. In fact, Suarez actually shared this award with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who also managed 31 goals last season.

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