Life is pretty rosy for Luis Suarez right now.
Ok, so he’s just coming off the back of a game in which Valencia fans struck him with bottles, but that aside, few have it better than the Uruguayan.
On Thursday he received the European Golden Shoe in celebration of his 40-goal efforts last season.
And he was among the goals as Barcelona climbed to the top of La Liga with a 3-2 win over Los Che.
Having won five major titles since signing for the Spanish giants in 2014, it’s no wonder Suarez wants to finish his career at the Camp Nou.
“I hope I can finish my career at Barca but I need to be at the highest level to compete,” he said during Thursday’s ceremony, per Goal.
“I have fought a lot in my life and, since coming to Barca, I am trying to enjoy it, be happy and win trophies.
“I’m in the best team in the world with the best players. If you are thinking of a target, you can achieve it but the group goal of winning titles comes first. Then there are individual awards and, if I do not win [individual titles], then Leo or Neymar will.”
Catalonia has provided Suarez with the perfect environment in which to forget about his past misdemeanours, which include biting opposing players and being found guilty of racially abusing another, and instead focus on winning trophies.
At 29 years of age, the striker has a few years left at the very highest level. In an ideal world he will retire at Barcelona, but he’s wise enough to know that football doesn’t always provide ideal situations.
RETURN TO THE CLUB THAT MADE HIS FAMOUS
In an interview with De Telegraaf, Suarez admitted that he could return to one of his old teams if he was to leave Barcelona before considering retirement.
Sorry Liverpool fans – it’s Ajax he has his eyes set on.
“All my dreams came true at Barcelona and I hope to stay here for the remainder of my career,” Suarez said, per Goal.
“But I will have to keep playing at the highest level.
“Of course, I would like to return to Ajax some day. Even if it was just to thank Ajax. Ajax are the club that made me famous in Europe.”
Kenny Dalglish brought Suarez to Anfield after he scored 49 goals in 48 games in his final season at Ajax. He scored 111 goals in 159 total appearances for the Eredivisie outfit.
So Ajax owe as much to Suarez as he does to them.