Friday, 25 September 2020 17:49

 

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Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of striker Luis Suarez from La Liga rivals Barcelona.

The Uruguay international signed a two-year contract with the club on Friday after passing his medical.

The 33-year-old joined Barca from Liverpool in 2014, winning the Champions League title in his first season in Spain.

Suarez also helped Barca to four league titles, scoring 198 goals in 283 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile Lionel Messi says Luis Suarez deserved a better send-off from Barcelona but that he is "no longer surprised" by the club's behaviour.

Suarez has joined Atletico Madrid after being told he was not in new Barca boss Ronald Koeman's plans.

He added that he felt he had been deceived by the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

In a post on Instagram, Messi paid tribute to Suarez, saying it will be "strange" to see him "with another shirt and much more to face you".

"You deserved a send-off matching who you are - one of the most important players in the club's history, achieving important things both as a group and individually.

"Not to get thrown out like you have been. But the truth is at this point nothing surprises me."

Uruguayan Suarez scored 198 goals in 283 games to become the third highest goalscorer in Barcelona's history.

The 33-year-old won four La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys, the Champions League and Club World Cup after joining the Catalan giants for £74m from Liverpool in 2014.