Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has joined Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal from Spanish giants Barcelona, bringing to an end his successful six-year stint at the Camp Nou.
Madrid confirmed on Wednesday that they have secured the services of Suarez and the club will pay Barcelona six million euros in bonus payments for the 33-year-old striker.
“Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luis Suarez, subject to a medical and the formal agreement of a new contract for the Uruguayan striker with our club,” Atletico said in a statement.
Suarez, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, is the ‘Catalans’ third all-time top scorer with 198 goals in all competitions and he leaves the club having clinched 13 trophies, including the Champions League, four La Liga titles and four Copa del Rey trophies.
In a statement, Barca said, “We would like to publicly express our gratitude to Luis Suárez for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.
“His natural goalscoring instinct has brought plenty of pleasure to Culers over the years, including the winner against Juventus to secure the club’s fifth Champions League. In his second year at the club, 2015/16, he earned the Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer, scoring 40 goals in La Liga and 59 in total.
“Other memorable nights include his performance in the famous 6-1 comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, and in total he is departing after contributing 198 goals in 283 games, making him the third-highest goalscorer in Barça history, only topped by César and Leo Messi – and he has also contributed 97 assists.”
According to Reuters, Suarez had also been linked with Juventus and took an Italian exam in an attempt to get an EU passport to be eligible to play as a European player as the Turin side’s non-EU player slots were already filled.
However, Italian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had evidence the language exam taken by Suarez to obtain Italian citizenship was rigged.
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By FARPost Reporter