Luis Suarez has spoken during his farewell ceremony at Barcelona. The Uruguayan got emotional while reviving his old moments, and thanking Culés for their endless support.
“It’s difficult to leave. I have nothing prepared for today. I can only thank the Club for having trusted me knowing where I came from for a mistake I had made. (referring to the bite incident)
“I’m very proud of everything I’ve done here. Thanks to all the fans who have supported me during my stage here. I leave many friends here. It’s not just a player who leaves, a human being who has feelings is leaving.
“I’m aware that we’re at the end of an era that I should be very proud of. Coming here was a dream come true. I didn’t even imagine reaching these statistics. I can leave proud and satisfied after these six years.Luis Suarez (live via BarçaTV)
Suarez added that Ronald Koeman does not count on the 33-year-old, and that he is joining Atletico Madrid to prove that he can still compete on the highest level.
“The club needed changes and the coach didn’t count on me. I want to show that I can continue to perform at a high level.Luis Suarez (live via BarçaTV)
“I’m joining Atlético Madrid with a lot of excitement, but I still haven’t thought about what it will be like to play against Barça. I haven’t fully digested it yet.
“I’ve spoken to Griezmann and Godín, who have a past at Atlético Madrid.
Even though it was expected that Suarez might speak against the Barcelona board, he avoided criticism.
Suarez had a legendary 6 seasons at the club, in which the Uruguayan became the club’s third top-scorer in history, and won 16 total collective and individual trophies.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.