Infamous career of Luis Suarez in six moments as ex-Liverpool man leaves Europe

The controversial career of Luis Suarez has come full circle after he agreed to rejoin his boyhood club Nacional in Uruguay 16 years after leaving – but he won't be forgotten in a hurry.

The 35-year-old former Liverpool and Barcelona striker, who had bursts of sensational form that saw him hailed as the best striker on the planet, was never far from controversy during his time in Europe.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at six incidents that made Suarez a divisive figure among football fans while smashing home 440 goals on the continent.

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Biting Otman Bakkal

In what would turn out to be a taste of things to come, a young Suarez received a seven-match ban for biting PSV's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010.

Following a sensational season in which the forward scored 49 goals across 48 fixtures in all competitions he would miss a big chunk of the next one after biting Bakkal on the shoulder.

Although the referee did not see the incident, post-match analysis led to his suspension by Ajax with the Dutch Football Federation stepping in. He did not play for the club again before joining Liverpool.

Racist abuse of Patrice Evra

For all the favour Suarez earned for his ability on the pitch, his reputation was forever tarnished by a racist incident with Patrice Evra which landed him a hefty punishment.

Suarez was found guilty of racism after the 2011 incident and banned for eight matches by the FA in a decision that was not accepted by the forward at the time.

Former team-mate Jamie Carragher, who wore a t-shirt of support for Suarez after his ban, apologised to Patrice Evra in 2019 and said that Liverpool let football down.

Middle finger on the Thames

Suarez admitted a charge of improper conduct after showing his middle finger to Fulham fans after Liverpool lost 1-0 at Craven Cottage in 2011 – landing a one-match ban.

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An FA statement read: "Luis Suarez will begin a one-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to the same game.

"Suarez was also fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a gesture he made towards the Fulham fans at the end of the fixture."

Diving for David Moyes

One of the less damaging events in the career of Suarez was his mocking of Everton manager David Moyes who said he had a history of diving.

Having given Liverpool the lead with a 14th minute deflected strike, Suarez ran to the Goodison Park dugout and leaped into the air and onto the grass in response.

The most embarrassing incident of diving during that fixture actually came from an unexpected source in Phil Neville – who was booked by referee Andre Marriner.

Biting Branislav Ivanovic

Three years after his first bite, Suarez failed to contain himself and bit down on the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and somehow avoided a red card.

Suarez was able to play on in the absence of VAR despite the fury of the Serbian, but the striker was later handed a 10-game ban which ended his season rather early.

He returned to action the following September and smashed home 31 goals across 33 Premier League appearances in one of the best individuals seasons ever.

Biting Giorgio Chiellini

One for the road? Suarez got back to his old tricks by biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup – landing another ban.

Suarez was banned from all football related activity for fourth months and forced to miss the next nine international fixtures having taken to Twitter to apologise.

Chiellini late said: "Now inside me there's no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that's done."


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