Uruguay and Barcelona star Luis Suárez had a chat with Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Thursday night. Suárez discussed the return leg in the Champions League vs. PSG, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and more.
On Luis Enrique’s departure at the end of the season:
- “It shocked me a little bit that Luis Enrique told us he was leaving. It was accepted easily, though. We didn’t ask him why he’s leaving because we didn’t ask him a while back why he renewed. We’re grown ups”.
On his Dutch schooling:
- “Netherlands, to me, is the greatest school for any South American player to learn about how to play the game”.
On his first visit to the Camp Nou:
- “The first time I went to visit the Camp Nou, we snuck in because we couldn’t afford to pay admission. When I was at the Camp Nou, I saw a pair of boots and hoped one day I could afford them. Now, I give my boots to one of the equipment people so they can send them to the neediest youth players in Uruguay.”
On the return leg vs. Paris Saint-Germain:
- “We believe in coming back. If you don’t believe in yourself, you shouldn’t play football. If we can score four at the Bernabéu, why can’t we score four at the Camp Nou vs. PSG.”
On playing in England:
- “The BPL is spectacular. The ambiance is incredible. You could play at Anfield against a fifth division team and it’s packed. I enjoyed playing in England. The football was so direct and so enjoyable.”
On Lionel Messi:
- “I am eternally grateful for Leo. He made me feel so comfortable here at Barça. He’s the best in history, although I don’t see him like that. He’s just another teammate. Another person I share maté with.”
On the biting incident in the 2014 World Cup and the consequences:
- “I suffered greatly during the World Cup. The toughest thing was to tell my kids we weren’t flying to play Colombia. It was tough to tell my kids that I was going to practice with shorts and a shirt to go train in secrecy. There were times we were watching matches and my kids would ask me why I wasn’t playing. To be banned from even watching my nephew play. To be banned the way I was, was unjust. Give me 10, 15, 20 games [ban], but to treat me how they treated me hurt. And when I had the trials with FIFA’s lawyers, giving their reasons, it was even worse. I am aware that I made a mistake but I am also aware I am a human being. I have no problem saying it. I will never go to a FIFA gala.”
On Cristiano Ronaldo:
- Cristiano is a high-performance machine that has improved through the years. He is a phenomenal player.”
Many thanks to Football Journalist Juan Arango who provided all the quotes. Go follow him on Twitter: @JuanG_Arango