Luis Suarez became the most expensive striker in football when he joined Barcelona in 2014.
The Spanish giants paid Liverpool €81 million for the Uruguayan’s services, and it’s certainly been money well spent.
Ninety-three goals in 107 appearances is a fantastic return on a player who arrived with plenty of character flaws. Indeed, he served a four-month suspension at the start of the 2014-15 season after being found guilty of biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.
Suarez helped Barcelona win the treble in his debut season, while his 40 La Liga goals last season were enough to win the Pichichi award.
The best striker in the game? It’s really no question.
Barcelona were shrewd in their decision to sign Suarez once it was clear he had all the makings of a world-class player. He scored 54 goals in the Premier League in his final two seasons at Anfield, and that was while playing with Jordan Henderson and Leiva.
Of course he was going to thrive playing alongside Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.
Suarez is clearly enjoying life in Spain. Footage from Barcelona’s training session ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Manchester City shows him enjoying a laugh with Gerard Pique.
According to Marca, Pique jokingly questioned Suarez’s price tag.
The forward had the last laugh, though - he was quick to remind Pique that Barcelona paid €81m for him, not the €80m that Pique thought.
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New and improved City
Pique played in both round-of-16 games in 2015 as Barcelona proved their might with a 3-1 aggregate win.
The Citizens were managed by Manuel Pellegrini then, and Pique is expecting a different challenge under Guardiola.
"This is a different City to the one of last year, or the one which visited us at Camp Nou before," the defender said, per ESPN FC.
"Pep's in charge now and he's changed the way they see and play football, which makes it a challenge for us.
"They play similarly to us, we will try to use our strengths, hold the ball, but we know City will press and look to keep the ball. It will be difficult to get the ball and it it's a good challenge to demonstrate we're still on top."