Luis Suarez Confirms Retirement Plan After Joining Messi at Inter Miami

Luis Suarez Confirms Retirement Plan After Joining Messi at Inter Miami

Elijah Odetokun
February 17, 2024 at 5:05 PM
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  • Lionel Messi joined Inter Miami in January after leaving Brazilian club Gremio
  • He joins former Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets
  • The Uruguayan forward has confirmed his retirement plans after MLS adventure

Luis Suarez is already looking forward to retirement weeks after reuniting with former Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets at Inter Miami.

Suarez has been one of football’s greatest-ever strikers but has seen little of the spotlight since leaving Europe in 2022 after two successful years at Atletico Madrid.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Inter Miami, Newell's Old Boys, DRV PNK Stadium.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in action for Inter Miami against Newell's Old Boys. Photo by Simon Bruty.
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He spent a season each at his boyhood club, Nacional in the Uruguayan league and Gremio in the Brazilian Serie A, before linking up with former mates in the United States.

His arrival in Major League Soccer was delayed after Gremio refused to sanction a move away in July, which falls mid-season in the South American league.

Suarez confirms retirement plans

The former Liverpool forward signed a one-year contract with Miami with an option of a further year but is already looking ahead to when he will bid the sport farewell.

He admitted Inter Miami would be the last club he would play before hanging his boot on La Mesa de Los Galanes' radio show via Sportskeeda.

“Yes, I cannot be more sincere, and the family already knows. The date is not yet set, but this is the last step. I am prepared for this last challenge, but it is also exhausting, and I have to think about having a quality of life afterwards,” he said.

On if he would be a coach after retirement, he said:

“I don’t want to do it. It’s worse than being a player. Because of the hours of work, it requires more time.”

Per Sport 890 radio, the 37-year-old claimed he had been playing through knee problems which, makes it difficult to walk or play without pills and injections, and this could hasten his retirement.

Suarez parties with Messi in Miami

Sports Brief reported on Suarez partying with Messi in Miami after their first game together for the club in a 0-0 draw against El Salvador, where both played 45 minutes each.

This comes in the week Lionel Messi won the Best FIFA Award at the expense of Erling Haaland. It generated controversies, such that the Argentina captain failed to acknowledge it.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.