The legendary ex-Barça midfielder spoke about his Uruguayan namesake’s arrival at FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez Miramontes
The midfielder born in La Coruña, Spain played for Barça between 1954 and 1961 alongside such other legends as Kubala, Kocsis, Czibor and keeper Ramallets. He became the first Spanish born player to win the Ballon d’Or in 1960 and when he left the blaugranes to join Internazionale a year later, the move saw him become the world’s most expensive footballer at that time.
[[DES_1]]During the annual dinner for the Former Barça Players group last Friday, Luis Suárez Miramontes spoke to Barça TV about the arrival of his namesake at FC Barcelona. The Uruguyan version scored his first ever goal for the blaugranes on Tuesday against Apoel and for the legendary ex-Barça and Internazionale midfielder he is, “an important signing for Barça.”
“He is a very important player for the team because aside from scoring plenty of goals, he is a winner with character” maintained the man played for Barça between 1954 and 1961. The elder Luis Suárez even joked: “With that name he can’t fail.”
Just three days before the Barça number 9 found the net, the former player highlighted his goalscoring ability. “He has always scored goals and he won’t stop because he is in his prime,” he commented.
Finally Luis Suárez gave his opinion on the trident formed by the Uruguayan, Messi and Neymar in Luis Enrique’s Barça side. “They are intelligent lads and they know that, at certain moments they have to think of the team,” he explained before adding, “it’s the best for them all because if things go badly for them, then they go badly for the team.”
aside from scoring plenty of goals, he is a winner with character
After he smashed the Champions League goalscoring record on Tuesday, Leo Messi has made global headlines
Miracle, legend, and even extra-terrestrial are the kind of words the international press has used to describe his amazing achievement
These days, a month rarely goes by without Lionel Messi breaking a new record. Where he is concerned, the term ‘rewriting the history books’ is not just a cliché. It’s literally true, and the world’s media will vouch for that. After he broke the Champions League record by taking his talky up to 74 goals, we are running out of superlatives to describe somebody who is nothing less than a living legend.
No sooner had the final whistle blown in Nicosia than the Argentinian’s name was all over the international press. In one game, he had moved three goals ahead of Raul’s previous record of 71, and that was enough to make headlines all around the planet.
“It capped an extraordinary four days for Messi, who on Saturday became the top goal-scorer in La Liga’s Primera Division after his hat-trick against Sevilla took him to 253 goals”, writes British paper The Telegraph. “Another day, another record broken … it was another opportunity to unleash a barrage of superlatives towards a football phenomenon” gushed CCN, while The Daily Mail points out that “Messi has been the Catalans’ star man for much of the last decade, and at 27, still has many years of Champions League football in him.”
The Washington Post uses images of tweets from our own official Twitter account to illustrate its piece, proclaiming that “Lionel Messi is knocking down all-time soccer scoring records like a heavyweight boxing champ.” ESPN didn’t hold back with its words either, commenting that “Whenever Cules begin to feel that there is there is very little more that Messi can do to surprise them, the diminutive Argentinean strikes again, breaks yet another record and rises the bar even further. Having a player of his calibre come through the ranks of La Masia, then excel at a professional level for over a decade, is little short of a miracle.”
The Guardian Data Blog takes a statistical take on the story and works out that “it has taken the Argentinian player 90 appearances to reach 71 goals … That gives Messi a terrifying 0.79 goals per game, meaning he will probably score in roughly four out of every five Champions League matches – a rate that is considerably higher than both Ronaldo’s (nearly two out of three) and Raúl’s (one out of two).”
Moving away from the Anglosphere, in Italy Gazzeta dello Sport has no doubt that “Messi’s record equates to a legend.” In France L’Express waxes lyrical about “A November with a taste of eternity,” while L’Équipe produced a curiously similar comment about how “this month of November will always have a taste of eternity for the four-time winner of the Balon d’Or”. Meanwhile, Le Fígaro asks “Can one record demerit another? If your name is Lionel Messi, it can.”
German daily Die Welt believes that the new record is “too spectacular”, while Der Speigel reminds us that “no other professional footballer has had such repeated success” and Frankfurter Allgemeine adds that “Messi’s 74 goals add to the term superlative.”
In Messi’s native Argentina, there was naturally euphoria at this latest achievement by a national hero. Clarín’s headline is clearer than any other, proudly announcing that “Messi has become the single highest goalscorer in the history of the European competition.” Argentine sports daily Olé explains its use of the title “Señor Record” by saying that “if you needed to find a synonym for the word ‘record’, then there’s no doubt that Messi would be the right choice. Because there are no limits to this football extra-terrestrial.”
Little short of a miracle
A taste of eternity