Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have built up a close ‘bromance’ since the Uruguayan’s arrival in Spain two years ago.
It was inevitable, really. The amount of times the pair celebrate a Barcelona goal together is countless. But Suarez and Messi are close off the pitch, too, even picking up their children from nursery together on occasion.
However, the same can’t be said for Suarez’s relationship with Arda Turan.
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The former Liverpool striker proved during his time in England that he doesn’t let go of a grudge easily, refusing to shake Patrice Evra’s hand two months after receiving an eight-match ban for racially abusing the then-Manchester United defender.
And so when Turan didn’t pass to Suarez during Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, denying the goalscorer a tap-in, the striker sure made his teammate regret it.
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Suarez reacted with disgust
Turan decided to go it alone but his shot was saved. Suarez, as anyone in his position would, reacted with disgust.
But an apology from Turan wasn’t enough for Suarez, who returned the ‘favour’ in the second half. Suarez went on a mazy run and attempted to complete it by firing into the top corner as the Turkish midfielder waited helplessly for the pass.
The shot from last season’s Pichichi flew wide of the goal, much to the disappointment of Turan, who can only stand with his arms out.
Check out the video below.
Fortunately, neither play was made to pay for their selfishness as Luis Enrique’s side emerged victorious. It wasn’t easy, but Ivan Rakitic’s first half goal was enough to secure Barcelona’s second win from two league games.
Suarez is coming off the back of a wonderful season in which he established himself as arguably the best striker in Europe, scoring 59 goals in all competitions as Barcelona won La Liga.
He will be remembered as one of the greatest, yet most controversial, players in the game, the racism scandal of 2011 just one instance of Suarez making headlines for the wrong reasons.
Who can forget the bites on Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, or on Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup?
Suarez received suspensions for both incidents but it was his response that probably shocked most.
“I know biting appals a lot of people, but it’s relatively harmless,” the former Ajax man wrote in his book. “Or at least it was in the incidents I was involved in.
“When Ivanovic rolled up his sleeve to show the referee the mark at Anfield, there was virtually nothing there. None of the bites has been like Mike Tyson on Evander Holyfield’s ear.”
Did Turan never learn not to cross Suarez?