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Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico ridiculed by Alba

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The veteran striker proved Ronald Koeman and his other naysayers wrong after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou last summer.

Jordi Alba can’t quite get his head around Barcelona’s “joke” of a decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid.

Suarez was deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona following the appointment of Ronald Koeman last summer, with Koeman supposedly not convinced of the aging striker’s ability to lead the line.

Atletico Madrid were able to his services for a mere €6 million, and the Uruguayan went on to prove Koeman and his naysayers wrong in his debut season at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Scoring 16 goals and finishing second in the La Liga goalscoring charts behind only former teammate Lionel Messi, Suarez was a leading force behind Atletico’s first title triumph in seven years.

“It was a joke,” Alba told Cadena SER: “He is someone who gave a lot to Barcelona, and they practically gave him away for nothing, above all to a direct rival in Atletico.

“And look, they went on to win the league with him. I didn’t like it. Aside from the friendship we have, where are you going to find a striker like him?

“It is difficult to find one. Yes, there are some very good players, but what Luis gave us…”