Luis Suarez says he spent days in tears amid rift with Barcelona

Suarez was informed of Barcelona's decision to get rid of him through a call from new coach Ronald Koeman, hired after the team was thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.

The Associated Press October 09, 2020 12:48:48 IST
Luis Suarez says he spent days in tears amid rift with Barcelona

Sao Paulo: Striker Luis Suarez said his former club Barcelona treated him so unfairly that he spent days in tears before his departure to Atletico Madrid.

In another sign he can still deliver to his teams, Suarez scored Uruguay's first goal from the spot in the 2-1 home victory against Chile in the opening round of the South American World Cup qualifiers on Thursday. The 33-year-old also scored two goals in his debut for his new club in Spain on 27 September.

The striker said his strong start at Atletico eases the pain he felt from leaving Barca, where he was on a team that won 13 titles since arriving in 2014 from Liverpool, including four Spanish league trophies and the Champions League in 2015. He is the club's third all-time leading scorer with 98 goals.

Luis Suarez says he spent days in tears amid rift with Barcelona

Luis Suarez joins Atletico Madrid after six largely successful seasons at Barcelona. AP

"I didn't take it very well because of the way they (Barcelona) did it, more than anything. One has to accept when his cycle is over," Suarez told Uruguay soccer association television after the victory against Chile in Montevideo.

"It was days I spent crying because of the situation I was living. Then (I went back) to enjoying myself, once again be valued as a player, be loved, feel the care of a club that welcomed me marvelously," he added.

Atletico will pay Barcelona up to 6 million euros ($7 million) in fees for Suarez, who signed a two-year deal with the club.

Suarez was informed of Barcelona's decision to get rid of him through a call from new coach Ronald Koeman, hired after the team was thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final. The Dutchman denied he was solely responsible for the Uruguayan's departure.

Hard-hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic, Barca also needed to reduce their expenditure.

"There are things that are not known," Suarez said. "But to go to Barcelona and be sent to train separately because you don't belong among the 22 players... My wife was the one that saw my upset, with my head down."

Suarez denied he refused an offer from Juventus to remain in Spain, as his family wished.

Luis Suarez says he spent days in tears amid rift with Barcelona

Suarez is Barcelona's third highest goal scorer. Image courtesy: AP

"They just wanted to see me happy," he said.

Suarez said he was not surprised by the public defence of him made by Lionel Messi, who attacked Barca's management for their treatment of the Uruguayan. On 25 September, Messi posted a photo of himself with Suarez on Instagram.

"It is going to be so strange seeing you in another shirt, and even stranger to have to play against you," Messi wrote.

"You deserved a sending-off fit for what you are: one of the most important players in club history, both for what you did for the group and individually not the one they gave you. But it is true that at this point nothing surprises me."

Barcelona are experiencing a political crisis that could end with the removal of president Josep Maria Bartomeu, seen by many analysts as the main targets of Messi and Suarez in their criticism of the club's management.

Updated Date:

also read

Barcelona allowed to fill Camp Nou to capacity as key games, including El Clasico, on horizon
Sports

Barcelona allowed to fill Camp Nou to capacity as key games, including El Clasico, on horizon

The measure comes at a time when COVID-19 cases in Spain have dropped to their lowest level since July 2020.

'No mismanagement, we didn't leave a poor legacy,' insists ex-Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu
Sports

'No mismanagement, we didn't leave a poor legacy,' insists ex-Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu

Josep Bartomeu said that most of the club’s financial woes had been caused by the impact of the pandemic, which closed down Camp Nou for more than a year and reduced other sources of revenue.

Ansu Fati agrees new six-year Barcelona contract with release clause set at one billion euros
Sports

Ansu Fati agrees new six-year Barcelona contract with release clause set at one billion euros

Fati, who has recently returned after almost a year out with a knee injury, will have a release clause in his new deal set at one billion euros.