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Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz was born in the Uruguayan city of Salto on January 24 1987. When he was seven his family moved to Montevideo and fell in love with football. Rapidly rising to a first-team position for locals Club Nacional de Football, it wasn't long before he was plying his trade in Holland - first with Groningen and then superstars Ajaz, where he was named Dutch Footballer of the Year and amassed one hundred goals for the club. In January 2011 Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish paid GBP22.8m pounds to secure Suarez's services, making him the most expensive player for the club at the time. Suarez scored on his debut in front of the Kop, and wrote himself into Merseyside folklore. On 30 March 2014, he broke Robbie Fowler's club record of 28 goals in a Premier League season, and is on course to win the Golden Boot. At international level, he is Uruguay's alltime record goalscorer.
Luis Suarez was seven years old when he started playing football on the streets of Montevideo. That guile and trickery of the street kid, the botija, attracted the attention of scouts from Dutch team Groningen, before the giants of Ajax decided to recruit him into their ranks. After a phenomenal number of goals and a starring appearence in the 2010 World Cup, Suarez was lured to Merseyside and the famous red shirt by another iconic no.7, Kenny Dalglish. From then on, the botija became El Pistolero (The Gunslinger), as he terrorised defences, driving a resurgent Liverpool towards their most exciting top-flight season in twenty-four years. But Suarez's career has not been without controversy. His naturally fiery temperament had him caught up in a very public incident with Patrice Evra of bitter rivals Manchester United, and he was banned for ten games after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Here, in his official autobiography, Suarez will talk candidly about the highs and lows of his career, his love of his adopted city and fans, the never-say-die attitude that sometimes makes him go too far, and how it feels to be a big part of bringing the glory days back to the fans on the Kop.
Luis Suarez was a young boy already in love with football by the time his family moved from the countryside to Uruguay's capital, Montevideo. The guile and trickery of the street kid made an impact with the country's biggest club, Nacional, before he was spotted by Dutch scouts who brought him to Europe. Suarez was lured from Ajax to Merseyside by another iconic number 7, Kenny Dalglish. From that moment, he terrorised Premier League defences, driving a resurgent Liverpool towards their most exciting top-flight season in 24 years. But there is another side to Luis Suarez: the naturally fiery temperament which drives his competitiveness on the pitch. There was the very public incident with Patrice Evra of bitter rivals Manchester United, and the biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Then during the World Cup finals in Brazil, in a physical encounter against Italy, he bit defender Giorgi Chiellini on the shoulder. Banned from football for four months, derided by the press, he was marched out of the country. In the summer's final twist, he became one of the most expensive footballers of all time, moving from Liverpool to Barcelona. In his first season at the Nou Camp he helped Barca to La Liga and Copa del Rey titles, scoring 16 goals in 27 games. In Crossing the Line, Luis Suarez talks from the heart about his intriguing career, his personal journey from scrapping street kid to performer on football's biggest stage, and the never-say-die attitude that sometimes causes him to overstep the mark.
Mucho se ha escrito sobre Luis Suarez, uno de los grandes goleadores del futbol mundial, pero nunca, hasta ahora, habiamos escuchado la version del propio protagonista narrada por el mismo. En primera persona, y con una sinceridad conmovedora, Luis nos cuenta aspectos hasta hoy desconocidos de su vida que sorprenden en algunos casos y, en otros, impactan: sus inicios en Uruguay, su paso por la liga holandesa en el Groningen y el Ajax, sus aos en el Liverpool, sus partidos con la celeste y el fichaje por el Bara son narrados con innumerables detalles inditos que incluyen, sin autocensuras, episodios como la acusacin de racismo de Patrice Evra, los mordiscos, y su opinin sobre los representantes y el dinero en el ftbol y en su vida. Frontal y directo como en el campo, pero sencillo y tierno a la vez, Luis Surez se nos muestra tal cual es, y comparte su vida con una aficin que lo idolatra.