Luis Suarez has completed his move from Barcelona by signing a two-year deal at Atletico Madrid.
It was as if the Uruguayan striker was heading to Juventus and even took an Italian language test in Perugia in order to get residency ahead of a proposed move to the Serie A champions.
But Suarez man has completed a £5.5million to Atleti after being told by new Barca boss Ronald Koeman he was now a surplus to requirement at the Camp Nou.
A statement from Diego Simeone’s side read: ”We welcome to our team one of the world’s most prolific strikers, who gives his all on the pitch and has proved his quality on the most demanding of stages.”
Lionel Messi, who himself was close to leaving the club this summer after handing in a shock transfer request, slammed the decision to sell Suarez in a touching tribute to his close friend.
Suarez ended his Barcelona career as the club’s third-highest goalscorer of all time with 198 goals in 283 appearances.