Uruguay striker Luis Suárez is joining Gremio, the Brazilian club said Saturday.
The 35-year-old Suárez was a free agent after he left his boyhood club Nacional before the World Cup in Qatar. Brazilian media reports said Suárez signed a two-year deal with Gremio.
“One of the biggest in Uruguay’s history, Luis Suarez is coming to continue his victorious trajectory,” Gremio said on social media. “A top goal scorer, a multiple champion, and a fighter. Welcome, Luisito.”
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Suárez, who played for Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, confirmed the deal.
“I wanted to thank you for all the love I have received,” Suárez said in a video posted on social media. “We will meet shortly.”
Gremio returned to Brazil’s Serie A after one year in the second division.
Suarez has had a stellar career in Europe, before which he played for his boyhood club Nacional and the Dutch club Groningen. His exploits at Ajax are what made Suarez one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe.
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He signed for Liverpool in 2011 and played 110 matches for the club, winning the League Cup. After the 2014 World Cup, Suarez was banned for four months from all activities related to football for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the tournament.
However, this did not stop him from completing a sensational move to Barcelona and forming a fierce attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
While at Catalonia, the Uruguayan #9 won four La Ligas and Copa del Reys each, a Champions League, a Supercopa de Espana, a UEFA Super Cup, and a FIFA Club World Cup.
Despite becoming Barcelona’s second-highest goalscorer in history and winning two European Golden Shoes in the prime of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Suarez’s exit from the club was bitter. He was forced out of Barcelona by then-manager Ronaldo Koeman and then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
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However, his revenge was sweet as Suarez went on to win La Liga next year with Atletico Madrid.
After his stint in Europe, Suarez joined his boyhood club Nacional for a season before moving the Gremio.