Luis Suarez Discloses His Heartbreaking Pre Match Routine Following Gremio Exit

Luis Suarez Discloses His Heartbreaking Pre Match Routine Following Gremio Exit

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Luis Suarez called time on his stint with Gremio FC earlier this week
  • The ex-Barcelona forward has been linked with a move to the MLS
  • However, the 36-year-old has also hinted that he could call it a day

Luis Suarez called time on his illustrious time with Brazilian Serie A club, Gremio on Sunday, December 3.

The 36-year-old striker, who joined the Porto Alegre-based club from his boyhood team, Atletico Nacional during the winter transfer window in January, bade farewell to the South American club following mutual agreement to terminate his contract.

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Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team during the match between Gremio and Vasco Da Gama. Image: Pedro H. Tesch.
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Fotmob data reveals that the 2014 European Golden Boot winner made 52 appearances for Gremio, scoring 24 goals and providing 12 assists for Renato Gaucho's side.

Suarez marked his departure with an impressive performance, securing the only goal in his team's victory against Vasco de Gama.

Following the final whistle, the Uruguayan - accompanied by his family - received a standing ovation from the fans and subsequently shared his thoughts on his time at the club with the media.

Suarez also opened up about his challenging pre-match routine, a factor which might have played a significant role in his decision to leave the club before the expiration of his contract.

Suarez discloses pre-match routine

In an interview, as reported by Barca Universal, the striker explained:

"Days before each game, I take three pills, and hours before playing, I get an injection. If not, I can't play. Hence the limp. I have to think that in maybe five years, I won't be able to play 5-a-side football with my friends."

He went on to describe the intense pain he experiences in the mornings, making it difficult for him to take even the first steps of the day.

"The truth is that the first steps in the morning are very painful. Anyone who sees me thinks that it is impossible for me to play a game. My son asks me to play with him and I simply cannot."

Suarez's departure and revelations about his physical struggles raise questions about his future in the sport.

Despite rumours of a potential reunion with former Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba at Inter Miami, the forward expressed a desire to take a break and cherish moments with his family.

Suarez also emphasised the need to rest and enjoy this phase of his life, indicating a shift away from the intensity of professional football.

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Suarez once considered retirement

Sports Brief previously reported on how former Liverpool striker, Suarez once considered calling it quits on his football career, according to reports.

Suarez, who was formerly with Gremio in Brazil's top flight league, was said to be pondering his future in the sport due to the 'constant pain' in his knees.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).