Luis Suarez believes he was underestimated by Barcelona after letting him go in the summer as he helped Atletico Madrid to their first La Liga title in seven years.
Luis Suarez’s 21st goal of the season secured a 2-1 comeback success at Real Valladolid as Atletico were crowned laliga champions of the 2020/21 season ahead of city rivals Real Madrid.
The Uruguay forward scored 195 goals in six seasons with Barcelona but was allowed to leave the Nou Camp last summer.
The 34-year-old energetically proved his doubters wrong this term and was in tears at full-time on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s tough. The situation I had to live through, the way I was looked down on, but Atletico opened the door for me,” he said, according to Marca.
“A lot of people have suffered with me – my wife, my children.
“Day by day, they are the ones who have suffered the most from my many years in football.
“We’ve had a great year. Despite the difficulties, we were the most consistent team and we’re the champions.
“In the first half of the season we had an efficiency that wasn’t normal.”
Second-half goals from Angel Correa and Suarez cancelled out Oscar Plano’s opener to claim an 11th La Liga title for Atletico.
Victory for Diego Simeone’s men saw Real Valladolid relegated and proved crucial as defending champions Real Madrid – who needed to beat Villarreal to stand any chance of snatching the silverware – also revoke a 0-1 shortfall to a 2-1 win through late goals from Karim Benzema and Luka Modric.
The Rojiblancos finished two points clear of city rival Los Blancos, while Suarez’s former club Barcelona were a further five points back in third position.
Manager Simeone was at the helm when Atletico last won the title – in 2014 – and was left with different emotions this time around.
“They’re different, with different feelings. The world is experiencing a very bad situation and I hope that we have given a lot of people some joy,” Simeone said.
“Spending 32 weeks on top is huge. I’m grateful, especially to those who played less than others. We remained a team with a goal and we were that at every minute.”
“I’ve no doubts that people can get tired,”.
“But I’m very hard-headed. I knew and know that this club can keep growing and I hope it will continue like this.
“The club keeps growing. All of the unseen people have given the club stability beyond results. They’ve always wanted this. They’re not here celebrating, but soon we’ll all embrace.”
The 51-year-old has been in charge of Atletico for the past decade and, while he admit people may grow tired of his style of play, he also believes the club can continue to develop.