- Luis Suarez
- Net Worth : £30.3 million
- Change : £-162,229 - % -0.5 (Last Updated: 03.26.19 )
Born in Salto, Uruguay on January 24, 1987, the fourth among seven brothers, Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz moved to Montevideo as a seven-year-old. His parents’ divorce two years later forced him to earn a living as a street sweeper.
From the age of 14, Suárez played for the youth side of Montevideo’s Nacional helping it to a League triumph in 2006. He was soon scouted and bought by Dutch club Groningen for around £575,000. Justifying their faith, Suárez helped lift Groningen to eighth place in the 2006-07 Eredivisie.
In 2007, after his senior debut for Uruguay and participation in the U-20 World Cup, Suárez was sold to Ajax for a reported £6.6 million that August. The same season, Suárez’ performance got Ajax second spot. In 2008-09, his 22 goals won Suárez Ajax Player of the Year title.
Captaining Ajax in 2009-10, he soon began belting in hat-tricks—of special note was the six-goal fest against WHC Wezep in a 14 – 1 win in the KNVB Cup (a club-record). Ajax won the Cup with Suárez as top scorer. Suárez top-scored that season with 35 goals, earning himself Ajax Player of the Year and Dutch Footballer of the Year.
Following Uruguay’s fourth place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Suárez was bought by Liverpool for £22.8 million in 2011, with a £40,000/week salary for him. With Ajax crowned champions of 2010-11, Suárez still got a winner’s medal, although he left the club. His tally at Ajax comprised 111 goals (159 games).
Uruguay won their 15th Copa América (2011) with Suárez adjudged Player of the Tournament. Suárez won the Football League Cup with Liverpool, in 2012. That August, a new deal with Liverpool saw his salary doubled. Suárez’ hat-tricks continued, especially the three against Norwich City (April 2012-December 2013), making him the first footballer to score three hat-tricks against a single team. The BBC rated his hat-trick frequency at 20.3 Premier League matches. In October 2013, he signed a new £120,000/week deal with Liverpool.
In January 2014, Suárez equalled Robbie Fowler’s record of 20 goals or more in consecutive Premier League seasons (1994-95 and 1995-96) and Andy Cole’s record of 20 goals in the least number of days—Suárez scored them in 15 matches. He then scored his 30th Premier League goal in April (first Liverpudlian since Ian Rush in 1986-87). That month, he also became the first non-European PFA Player of the Year and won the Premier League Golden Boot in May, plus the European Golden Shoe (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo).
The Premier League Player of the Season (2013-14) joined Barcelona in 2014 for £200,000/week wages; with Liverpool being paid £61 million (according to Barcelona). Although serving a third ‘biting’ suspension (nine international games) from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Suárez went on to help Barça win the La Liga 2014-15 title, Copa del Rey 2015, 2015 UEFA Champions League and 2015 UEFA Super Cup. He also stood second to Messi at the 2015 UEFA Best Player in Europe Awards. His current salary at Barça exceeds £20 million per annum.
Crossing the Line – My Story, his autobiography, was released in 2014.
Suárez, whose car collection includes a BMX X5 and Audi Q5, earns about £5.2 million from sponsors such as Adidas, Gatorade, Tronsmart and Gome.
Uruguay’s all-time top goal-scorer has scored 53 goals (103 matches) for his country (including two at FIFA 2018 until losing to France in the quarter-finals).
Suárez, is married to Sofia Balbi: they have a son and a daughter.