Suárez: "The first time I travelled to Barcelona I was arrested"

A journalist and humorist from Canal 10 (Uruguay) travelled to Barcelona to discover incredible stories about Suárez early days and his treacherous first travel to Barcelona

Suárez: "The first time I travelled to Barcelona I was arrested"
Suárez: "The first time I travelled to Barcelona I was arrested"

A journalist and humorist from Canal 10 (Uruguay) travelled to Barcelona to discover incredible stories about Suárez early days and his treacherous first travel to Barcelona

A journalist and humorist from Canal 10 (Uruguay) travelled to Barcelona to interview Luis Suárez and discover the most personal side of the striker. In this report, the player and his wife, Sofia, talk about some of their most important moments of his life, explaining funny stories.

Here you have the best statements:

School

"In school I didn't behave well. I was never calm. I remember my mum giving me a notebook for the teacher to write there how I behaved and not knowing what the notebook used for in the beginning. I knew my behavior wasn't good."

Little economic resources

"My house lacked a lot of things, but I never missed food. I'm not ashamed of explaining that when I was aged 11, 12 or 13 I helped my grandfather mend cars to try to bring some money home. My mum didn't let me do so, but I lied to her telling her I went to a friend's house or something like this. When I was 10 my mum used to work in the shopping and I collected the tips. While my father or my brother were cooking, I used to go shopping. These kind of things make me remember the sacrifice I had to undergo to reach the top of soccer. That's why now I appreciate everything more and I don't have any problem explaining what I did to have food."

The importance of Sofía

"She knows how much she helped me. She made me realize I wasn't dumb, but it was a problem of not feeling like doing things. She used to encourage me to do my homework or she even did them for me. We started go out when I was 15 and she was 12. She soon turned 13, but I didn't know what being 12 or 13 meant. I did incredible things for her like going on foot from Montevideo to Soñymar —21km."

Sofía's farewell

"When Sofia told me he was leaving to Barcelona, it was really complicated. My economic situation prevented me to visit her. We were a teenager couple that would be separated for a lot of distance. The evening before leaving, we spent all night crying. The day she left I had a much, but I couldn't get up. I only wanted to cry watching the notebooks she left for me. My brother had to come and bring me to the soccer match."

The first trip to Barcelona

"I got a ticket to Barcelona to come and see my girlfriend, and I had no money to come. It was my big brother who gave me some money. He gave me $70, about €40 or €50. The journey was long. I got lost, I got arrested in the Customs... I was 16. I had no direction, I brought nothing. I was wearing a white shirt and my nose started to bleed. Sofía, my girlfriend, was waiting at the airport but I wasn't there and the plane had landed two hours ago. I was arrested and did not know why. I was told I was not wearing any direction to go or anything. I explained that I had come to spend 15 days at the mountains and the sea, it was what I had seen from the plane. They opened my bag to look what I was wearing and there was the phone and the direction of Sofía because I had a package from her aunt. I was really lucky. I had arrived 3 or 4 hours ago and then they called my girlfriend's father, who was working. Then they called her mother and everything was ok. Meanwhile Sofía was looking for me in all the terminals of the airport. I finally appeared with my shirt full of blood."