Luis Suarez has laid the marker for this season.
After being kicked out of Barcelona for no fault of his own, he seems like a man on a mission and has scored the highest number of league goals in Spain this season, helping his new team and Barca’s rivals Atletico Madrid to the top of the tree at the moment.
He has now made it clear that he will only go down on his own call and not be pushed out by other people.
He said, “I still feel like I’m enjoying this moment that I’m in today, in football’s elite. Being at Atlético, you’re in football’s elite. Some people didn’t believe that I could still be at this level. I’ve got the same enthusiasm. I hope that this year, next year and for however many years it is, I keep competing and giving my best until you realize that you’ve gone as far as you can. But no one will push me out. I’ll decide when I go.”
“I’m one of those players who has always characterized himself as being stubborn. When I try something two, three, four times and it doesn’t work out, I’m not one of those players who will let their head drop, who will disappear. I’ll keep trying because I’ve been that way since I was a kid.
“I used to get criticized when I was 18 years old and the coaches I had, like (Suarez’s coach at Nacional in 2005/06) Martin Lasarte, used to say: ‘Don’t look at the goals that the 18-year old kid is missing, if he misses seven or eight. Focus on the fact that he’s still trying a third time or a fourth time. That’s what will make him go far.’ Those words stayed with me and I will be like that, I am like that.”