Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez so very nearly inspired Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2013-14.
Yet their combined 44 goals were not enough as the Reds stumbled at the finish line, picking up just four points from their final three games to miss out in agonising fashion to Manchester City.
It was to prove Suarez’s final season at Anfield, the Uruguayan securing a move to Barcelona. Gerrard lasted one more season before heading to the United States.
The pair forged a strong connection during their three-and-a-half years together at Liverpool. Suarez clearly saw Gerrard as a wise figure - it was the midfielder who stopped Suarez signing for Arsenal in 2013, and convinced him to join Barcelona a year later.
Gerrard would go on to label the South American “probably the best” player he has ever played with.
The LA Galaxy star watched Suarez win the European Golden Shoe after his efforts in 2013-14. And the Barcelona striker, who has taken another step during his time in Spain, collected the award for a second time on Thursday.
Suarez was the most prolific striker in Europe last season, scoring 40 goals as Barcelona secured their second straight La Liga title.
Gerrard celebrated Suarez’s achievement by posting a picture of the 29-year-old on Instagram, adding the caption: “The best number 9 on the planet #mymate”.
The former England international certainly isn’t wrong. Suarez has scored 62 goals in 70 league games for Barcelona, who have won five major trophies since his arrival.
The striker delivered an exceptionally modest speech, claiming the award belongs more to his teammates.
"First of all I want to thank Barca, for giving me the opportunity to complete this dream,” Suarez said, per Sport.
"Then my teammates because they're participants in all my goals and all my achievements, both collectively and personally. This award is more theirs than mine.
"Thanks to the manager and his staff for having confidence in me from the beginning, despite some of the things I was going through.
"It's dream that these two (his children) can deliver this award to me."