Inter Miami’s Luis Suarez Reveals He Almost Signed With Real Madrid in 2014

Luis Suarez with Uruguay in 2018
Luis Suarez with Uruguay in 2018. Photo by Joe Toth/BPI/Shutterstock (9982395dq)

The soccer career of Inter Miami’s new striker, Luis Suarez, could have turned out a lot differently. In a recent chat with Uruguayan DelSol 99.5FM, Suarez revealed that he almost signed with La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2014.

According to Suarez, Real wanted to sign him after the 2013-14 season, in which he scored 31 goals and dished 17 assists for Liverpool.

“My representative spoke to Real Madrid before the 2014 World Cup,” Suarez said via ESPN. “Real Madrid wanted to sign me and everything was going in the right direction … they were thinking about selling (Karim) Benzema to Arsenal, everything was already in place.”

However, Real started being cautious about the pursuit of Suarez after the infamous biting incident involving Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup. At that point Barcelona entered the race as well and ended up convincing Suarez to make a switch to Camo Nou.

“In the end, I had both options, and I chose Barca because it was my dream,” Suarez added.

Suarez joined Barcelona after the 2014 World Cup and became one of the best strikers in the world. During his time with the club, he scored 195 goals and added 113 assists in all competitions. He also won 13 trophies, including four La Liga titles and one UEFA Champions League.