He was a champion of the tournament in 2011, being the top scorer and star of ‘La Celeste’ (The Sky Blue). Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz, better known as the ‘Pistolero’ (gunfighter), was born on January 24, 1987, in Salto, Uruguay. He is part of a huge football fan family, where four of his six brothers are professional football players. The Uruguayan forward grew up in a neighborhood called Cerro and, like most children of that age, was fond of the world of football.
His first movements with the football were made in ‘Deportivo Artigas’, where he brought out his best game in the ‘Baby Football’. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to the city of Montevideo, where he continued to play in the ‘Urreta FC’ club.
In the year 2000, at just 13 years old, he made his debut in the seventh division of the National Football Club, one of the largest teams in Uruguayan football. Five years later, he made the leap and played his first minutes in the first division of the tricolor, in a match of the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores against ‘Junior’ club.
On February 7, 2007, the athlete played, for the first time, in the Uruguay national team. It was in a friendly match, against the Colombia national team, in Cucuta, where he wore the number 10 shirt.
It took a while for Suarez to score his first goal; it was eight months later, in a match during the playoffs, against Bolivia national team. From then on, Luis became a scoring machine for his team.
He has been part of Uruguay team’s lineup for 13 years. In 2013, he became the top scorer, after beating his teammate, Diego Forlan. He is currently in the same place, with 59 goals made. In the 2011 CONMEBOL Copa America, he won his only title, up to now, with the national team. He is also the top scorer of this team, and he was chosen best player of the tournament.
Now that his life-story has been told, recap the best moments of Luis Suarez in the CONMEBOL Copa America. Here you will find the athlete highlights in the competition, his goals and much more.
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He has played in three editions of the CONMEBOL Copa America (in 2011, 2016 and 2019), reaching the final in one of them.
He has played a total of ten matches, having scored six goals and made three assists.
In the 2011 edition of CONMEBOL Copa America, played in Argentina, he received an award for best player of the tournament.
Besides, he is the top scorer of Uruguay team, with 59 goals in 113 matches.