The 33-year-old frontman’s success serves as a slap in the face for those at Camp Nou who deemed him surplus to requirements.
Luis Suarez has hit out at former club FC Barcelona after leading Ateltico Madrid to the La Liga title.
Suarez scored the winning goal as Atletico came from behind to beat Real Valladolid 2-1 and clinch the Spanish top-flight crown in their final match of the campaign.
Scoring 21 goals, the Uruguayan has been pivotal to Atleti’s title triumph. His last two goals, especially, were of great significance as they helped his side drop four crucial points.
What makes the success sweeter for Suarez is the fact that he was deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona last summer, with reports at the time claiming he was considered not good enough to play at the very top level by Ronald Koeman.
“The situation I experienced last summer was difficult, the way I was underestimated,” said the striker after the full-time whistle at Estadio Jose Zorrilla, speaking to Movistar+.
“Atletico Madrid opened up their doors to me to keep on showing the player I am and for that, I will always be grateful.”
Suarez added on his friend and former teammate Lionel Messi, whose team finished third in La Liga: “He will be happy, we are friends and he wished me luck and that he deserved it.”