Luis Suarez’s season that started in ignominy ended with a goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 Champions League triumph over Juventus in Berlin. This is the story of the Suarez’ bright moment as the key player of Barcelona. The Uruguay international joined the Spanish giants from Liverpool last summer and has tasted instant success, he is where he belongs as a Champions League winner.
Back in August, Barcelona were so wary of antagonizing Fifa as they waited for the Court of Arbitration to consider its appeal over their new player’s ban from all football activity for biting Giorgio Chiellini that they smuggled him in and out of the Nou Camp to sign his contract. World football’s governing body had allowed them to sign the striker from Liverpool but insisted that it be done in the most private way possible.
Then, after spending last summer having his character assassinated following his World Cup disgrace, Luis Suarez could not have been certain what the 2014/2015 season would hold for him. A move to Barcelona offered a fresh start for the Uruguay international, and the success of his debut season in Catalonia may be observed as vindication for his decision to leave Anfield.
Luis Suarez produced his most crucial contribution of his short career at Camp Nou when he restored Barca’s lead 22 minutes from time to effectively settle the match, after Alvaro Morata had canceled out Ivan Rakitic’s early opener. Suarez was the only Barca man not involved in Rakitic’s opener, but the Uruguayan provided the key touch in his side’s crucial second, as he replicated Morata’s finish when Lionel Messi’s effort was spilled by Gianluigi Buffon.
Suarez led the line with typical gusto against Juventus, embracing the battle with the Italian defenders to play a series of neat lay-offs for his team. The critical moment came with the game in the balance at 1-1 in the second half.
Messi raced away down the left channel and when Gianluigi Buffon could only palm the ball into his path, Suarez came up with the assured finish. It was his 25th goal of a sensational season and a truly remarkable year in the life of Luis Suarez.
Suarez has behaved himself all season, to the point that he did not pick up a suspension in La Liga. And he has enjoyed a prolific first season with Barcelona, scoring 25 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions. A treble in his first season would complete the most spectacular first year, and double what was his European trophy haul before this season began.