Luis Suarez insists swapping Barcelona for Atletico Madrid was ‘the best decision I could have made’

Luis Suarez insists swapping Barcelona for Atletico Madrid was ‘without a doubt the best decision I could have made’ after sealing LaLiga title, and reveals he is still ‘great friends’ with former team-mate Lionel Messi

  • Luis Suarez believes joining Atletico Madrid is the best choice he could’ve made 
  • Suarez made a major impact as he helped Atletico to win the La Liga title 
  • The striker revealed that he is still friends with Barcelona star Lionel Messi 


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Luis Suarez has described joining Atletico Madrid from Barcelona as ‘the best decision I could have made’.

After six seasons at Barcelona, during which he won an array of trophies, Suarez made the switch to Atletico last year.

The move certainly worked out well, with the striker helping Atletico to win the LaLiga title in his first season at the club. 

Luis Suarez described signing for Atletico Madrid as 'the best decision I could have made'

Luis Suarez described signing for Atletico Madrid as ‘the best decision I could have made’

Suarez had other options to consider but is delighted that he joined Atletico and emphasised the importance of the faith placed in him by manager Diego Simeone. 

‘I had options,’ Suarez told World Soccer. ‘But when I adapted to Atletico and I think about the faith the coach had in me, then I know that it was without a doubt the best decision I could have made.’

Despite having left Barcelona, Suarez revealed that he is still friends with Lionel Messi, with the pair having often combined effectively at Barcelona.

Suarez reveals he is still friends with Lionel Messi despite no longer playing alongside him

Suarez reveals he is still friends with Lionel Messi despite no longer playing alongside him

Suarez reveals he is still friends with Lionel Messi despite no longer playing alongside him

Messi and Suarez faced each other in the Copa America, with Argentina securing a 1-0 victory

Messi and Suarez faced each other in the Copa America, with Argentina securing a 1-0 victory

Messi and Suarez faced each other in the Copa America, with Argentina securing a 1-0 victory

Suarez said: ‘Messi and I no longer play for the same team but we’re still great friends. It’s a friendship the goes beyond football.’

Suarez scored an impressive 21 goals in 32 LaLiga games during his maiden season at Atletico,  

Barcelona, meanwhile, were left to regret the Uruguayan’s departure as they finished in third place, seven points adrift of Atletico.

Messi, however, came out on top as Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in the Copa America, with the Barcelona star providing an assist for Guido Rodriguez.

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