squad | 2016-10-20
Luis Suárez collects his 2015/2016 Golden Shoe award:
Luis Suárez was presented with his second golden shoe award after netting 40 goals for the club.
Europe's leading domestic goalscorer of 2015/16 was handed his Golden Shoe by none other than his own children, Bejamin and Delfina Suárez.
Luis Suárez accepted his award today in barcelona with the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta by his side. He was also accompanied by his wife and two children. The ceremony included a video with messages from several people that have influenced Suárez, including Uruguay national team manager Óscar Tabárez, who said: "Suárez is the representation of our passion for football”.
This is the second time Suárez has won the golden shoe, the first was with Liverpool for the 2013/2014 season. Following this award, Suárez was also handed the Aldo Rovira Memorial Award as FC Barcelona's best player of the 2015/16 season, which was previously won four times by Lionel Messi and both Eric Abidal and Javier Mascherano won it once.
After accepting his awards. Suárez had a few words to say to the public:
Luis Suárez: "My family are the most important people in my life. My team-mates also played their part by making it all so much easier for me. So thank you to FC Barcelona for giving me the chance to live this dream. I never imagined I’d be a top scorer when I came to Barça, all I wanted was to win the Champions League. But I would never have won this award without my team-mates. With their help, everything is so much easier.
If I don’t win the Ballon d’Or next year, then I hope Messi or Neymar Jr do instead.
Benjamin asked me why hadn’t scored any goals last night but when I told him that Messi had scored three, it cheered him up because he knows Leo as well.
My favourite goals? There have been a lot of important goals and it's difficult to choose from them. But of the 40, the ones which mean the most are the two against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu and the one against Atletico at home which allowed us to stay at the top.
I'm in the best team in the world with the best players. The group objectives always come first -- La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey -- and then come the personal titles, but it doesn't matter if it's me, [Lionel] Messi, Neymar or whoever [winning them]. I suffered a lot to make it here [Barca] and I want to enjoy it and continue fighting to complete my objectives, which is to win titles. I would love to retire here, but that obliges you to stay at the top level for your whole career. But I'm not thinking about that now. There are only a few privileged enough to retire here."
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