Luis Suarez will forever occupy a special place in the hearts of Barcelona fans thanks to his huge contribution to the club over the past six years.
The Uruguayan striker, who is now an Atletico Madrid player, scored 198 goals for Barça in all competitions - that’s more than every other footballer in the club’s history, with the exception of Cesar Rodriguez (232 goals) and Lionel Messi (634 goals).
Suarez also helped the Catalan outfit win a host of major honours, including four La Liga titles, four Copas del Rey, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
There’s no doubt that Barça’s decision to sign Suarez in the summer of 2014 was a gamble.
Not in terms of his talent - that was never in doubt - but rather this temperament.
Suarez had only just received a four-month ban from all football-related activity after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.
This was his third suspension for bitting in the space of four years, following incidents at Liverpool and Ajax.
In December 2011, meanwhile, Suarez was handed an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 by the English Football Association after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
Despite all of the baggage that came with Suarez, Barça still splashed out £75 million for the world-class South American forward.
It was a move that paid dividends for the club.
Suarez, by and large, managed to keep himself out of trouble at Camp Nou.
Of course, there were the odd moments of s**thousery - including the time he hilariously tried to get himself booked during a 6-1 victory over Girona in February 2018.
Suarez, who’d helped himself to a hat-trick, did everything in his power to receive a yellow card that would have ruled him out of Barcelona’s next fixture against Las Palmas and left him available for a top-of-the-table clash against Atletico Madrid.
He tried handling the ball, rugby tackles, standing too close to a Girona free-kick - all sorts!
You can watch the 50-second video here…
He couldn’t have been more blatant in his attempts to get a booking.
Ironically, he finished the match without a yellow card to his name. Nope, we don’t know how, either.
Barcelona went on to draw 1-1 with Las Palmas in their next feature before sealing a vital 1-0 victory over Atletico.
Suarez and co. eventually finished that season as La Liga and Copa del Rey champions.
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