Luis Suarez joined the American club Inter Miami at the end of last month. Where former Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have been playing since the beginning of last season. Among them, Suarez’s friendship with the Argentine superstar is known to all. At the time, it was believed that the 37-year-old Uruguay star striker joined Miami for his friend Messi.
Suarez spent six seasons with Messi at Barca. During that time, the Catalan club won nine titles, including four La Ligas, one Champions League. After that, the Uruguayan star’s relationship with Barca was broken, but his friendship with Messi was normal. Both of them were often seen together when they got leave. This time, Suarez said, he did not choose Miami only because of Messi.
Former Barca teammates including Messi have contributed to joining Miami. But that is not the only reason. The Uruguayan striker wanted to join Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2019. At that time Suarez’s close friend Nicolas Lodeiro was playing for the Seattle Sounders. He did not go to the United States for various reasons.
The biggest reason behind going to MLS this season is the upcoming Copa America. The fight for the continental supremacy of Latin America will be held in the United States this time. Naturally, he will participate in the tournament in Uruguay. Suarez moved to the United States before giving his best in the Copa America, so that he can adapt himself to the conditions there. Suarez said this was the main reason he chose Miami.
In an interview given to Spanish media AS on Saturday, Suarez said, ‘Anyone who plays in the national team always wants to continue playing with the team. I’ve always said it. I was likely to retire after the World Cup. But playing in Brazil (for Gremio) I feel better physically. That’s why I want to help the team in any way. Whatever role the team gives me, I will play there.’
Then the Uruguayan striker brought up the topic of joining Miami, ‘This year the Copa America is being held in the United States. I came to the United States knowing this. This will provide additional benefits. It will help to adapt here. It is important to know the situation here in advance.’
The upcoming Copa America could be Suarez’s last international tournament. However, the 37-year-old striker left it up to the coach whether he will be in the team or not, ‘the coach will decide after seeing my performance on the field, whether I can help the team in any way or not. (Squad chances) will always be based on performance, not name-age.’
Not only the Copa America, Messi also had a role in choosing Miami, Suarez did not forget to say, ‘(Messi) told me about the good sides of Inter Miami and MLS. He told me these things and it made it easier for me to make a decision.’
Suarez joined Miami late last month but has yet to play. However, he started practicing with his former teammates. Inter Miami will play the first (friendly) match of the season against El Salvador on January 19. In that match, Suarez can be seen on the field with Messi-Busquets-Albad.