Luis Suarez bid farewell to Atletico Madrid this weekend after two fantastic seasons at the club.
Atletico offered Suarez a place to rest his head after the Uruguayan legend was unceremoniously shown the door by Barcelona.
After Suarez had established himself as one of Barcelona’s greatest ever players, he was told – by phone call no less – that he was no longer wanted by the club and shipped off to Atletico for a meagre £6.5 million.
Suarez clearly then had a point to prove as, in the colours of his new side, he went on a goal scoring crusade to show to his former employers just how wrong they had been.
As Barca floundered, Suarez thrived, going on to net a crucial 21 goals over the course of the 2020/21 La Liga season.
Those goals proved to be the difference maker as Atletico secured the title on the final day thanks to a goal from, you guessed it, Suarez.
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Unsurprisingly, Suarez was the centre of attention during the celebrations with every media outlet present desperate to get some face time with the striker.
When Suarez did step up to a microphone, what followed was an incredibly emotional and defiant interview as he reminded Barcelona of what they had lost.
“I’m just delighted the way Atletico have appreciated me. They’ve given me the chance to keep showing that I can perform on this stage.”
A very emotional Luis Suarez reacts to winning the title with Atleti 🔴⚪— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) May 22, 2021
"I'm just delighted the way Atletico have appreciated me. They've given me the chance to keep showing that I can perform on this stage." 🗣 pic.twitter.com/5mi2mcEULL
“Barcelona didn’t value me and Atletico opened their doors for me. I will always be grateful to this club for trusting in me.”
It must have been an incredibly vindicating moment for Suarez who was clearly hurt by the treatment he received at Barca.
Now, El Pistolero has been giving the farewell he always deserved as Atletico put on a show to say thank you to the man who helped them become champions once again.
Suarez was given a spine-tingling standing ovation as he and his family made their way around the pitch.
‘Thank you Lucho for making us champions’— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 15, 2022
Atlético fans said goodbye to Luis Suárez after the club announced he would be leaving this summer ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RZhtp8oXrh
A banner was also unfurled that read:
“Thank you Lucho for making us champions.”
Suarez was understandably emotional as he waved to the fans to thank them for the love they have showered on him in the last two years.
His next move remains unclear, but, wherever he does land, you can be sure his passion and drive will shine through once again.