Uruguayan professional footballer, Luis Suarez is one of the greatest footballers of his age and time. His achievements over the years are just endless from bringing an end to the 6-year dominance of Messi and Ronaldo when he won the 2016 La Liga’s Pichichi Trophy to winning two European Golden Boots, (Netherland’s Eredivisie and the English Premier League).
Luis Suarez is most revered for his years at Liverpool and Barcelona. During his debut season at the latter, Suarez was part of the formidable attacking trio MSN which created a record by scoring 122 goals between them, the most from any attacking trio in Spanish football history. In that same season, Suarez with Barca won a treble. Follow us as we take you through Suarez’s journey to football fame, as we shed more lights on the things that go on in his personal life.
Luis Suarez Age and Early Life
Suarez was born Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz on January 24, 1987, in Salto, Uruguay. When he turned 7, his parents relocated to Montevideo where Suarez would be raised for the rest of his childhood.
Unfortunately, 2 years after the relocation, his parents divorced. Suarez then picked up an interest in football and began spending most of his time in the streets developing his skills, to support himself financially, he picked up a job as a street sweeper.
Uruguayan sports institution Nacional became attracted to Suarez and in 2003, Suarez began his youth career with the side. He left the side in 2006 to join Netherland’s Eredivisie side Groningen and later Ajax. He improved greatly at Ajax and attracted the attention of English side Liverpool where his star shone further.
Who are his Brothers?
Did you know that Suarez has no sisters? Yup, the football star was born as the fourth boy in a family that would go on to include 7 boys. The names of four of his brothers have come to light, they include; Paolo Suarez, Diego Suarez, Facundo Suarez, and Maximiliano Suarez. The next popular one after Luis is Paolo who is now a retired footballer. Having been born in 1980, Paolo is older than Suarez by 7 years and is the eldest of the Suarez brothers.
Though they played football together while growing up, Luis would go on to outshine his brother Paolo played mostly for El Salvador’s top professional football league, La Primera. Like his brother Luis, Paolo played as a striker and sometimes as a midfielder. Throughout his career in La Primera, Paolo played 368 games and scored 73 goals. He played with the Uruguay U20 in 1999 but never made it to the senior team. Paolo Suarez brought his career to an end in May 2018 following his time with Isidro Metapán.
His Net Worth
When Suarez left Ajax in January 2011, he joined Liverpool on a 5.5-year deal worth £22.8 million. In 2014 he agreed to a 5-year deal with Spanish side Barcelona which was worth a record-breaking £64.98 million making him one of the most expensive footballers in world football history. That deal has seen Luis appear on a couple of Forbes‘ list of world’s highest-paid athletes.
According to Forbes, Suarez made $23.3 million in 2017. Bolstering his football salary are endorsement deals with Adidas, Pepsi, clothing company My Brand and sunglass maker Hawker. Suarez base salary in 2018 is over £15 million. All of these endeavors and more have contributed in giving Luis Suarez a net worth of over £30 million.
Suarez might be known for stirring up headline-making controversies in the pitch but when it comes to his romantic life, the football star is a very faithful and loyal man. Luis’ love story with his wife Sofia Balbi is quite an inspiring one.
They met in the year 2001 when Suarez, 15 years at the time, was a mere street sweeper. As the story goes, Suarez had to save up all of his money from his meager paying job to take her out on a date. She has been his ride or die ever since then.
When Sofia’a parents moved from Uruguay to Barcelona in 2003, it broke Suarez’s heart but on the brighter side, it motivated him to improve on his game so he could move up to Europe and be with her again. And he did just that.
They got married in 2009. Part of Suarez’s reason for joining Barca in 2014 was so that he could be closer to his in-laws. Suarez and his wife share two kids together, a son named Benjamin and daughter named Delfina.
Suarez’s wife Sofia was born on October 11, 1989, in Montevideo, Uruguay. She has a brother Gonzalo Balbi who also plays football.
About His Teeth. Height and Weight
Suarez has sparked a number of controversies throughout his career and the most infamous among them involves his teeth. In a display of aggression, Suarez has bitten opponents on three separate occasions, two occurring in a club match and one during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Luis Suarez bit PSV’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder in November 2010, and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović in a 2013 match. The third one which occurred during a FIFA world cup game against Italy received the most media attention. Defender Giorgio Chiellini was the victim. Suarez’s punishment for the deliberate offense was a 4-month match ban and a 9-game international suspension. Suarez later revealed that he lied to his wife about the incident.
These bitting incidences have created a lot of interest about Suarez’s teeth with many dubbing him a vampire. Suarez’s aggressive nature on the pitch has been linked to the fact that he grew up on the streets.
The Barca forward has a height of 5 feet 11 inches or 181 cm. At this height, his body weight is 86 kg. His chest measures 38 inches or 96.5 CM, arms/biceps is 15 inches or 38 CM and waist of 33 inches or 84 CM.