Luis Suarez cost Barcelona $91.6 mil­lion

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Span­ish cham­pi­ons FC Barcelona shelled out $91.6 mil­lion for the trans­fer of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from English club Liver­pool in the sum­mer of 2014, ac­cord­ing to the con­tract pa­pers leaked by on­line whistle­blower Football Leaks on Mon­day.

Football Leaks, which spe­cialises in re­veal­ing football se­crets, said that the con­tract dated July 11, 2014 re­veals that the trans­fer di­vides the pay­ments into five in­stal­ments, of $18.32 mil­lion each, with one in­stal­ment still to be paid on July 31, re­ports Efe. In ad­di­tion to the player him­self, the con­tract was signed by Barcelona pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu, vice-pres­i­dent Jordi Mestre, and An­toni Ros­sich, who was then the general di­rec­tor of the club, as well as Liver­pool chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Ayre.

Suarez moved to the Cata­lan club in the sum­mer of 2014, af­ter hav­ing be­come top scorer in the English Premier League dur­ing the pre­vi­ous sea­son with Liver­pool.

His trans­fer came shortly af­ter caus­ing a huge con­tro­versy for bit­ing Ital­ian de­fender Gior­gio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

Due to a four-month sus­pen­sion, his first ap­pear­ance with Barcelona was de­layed un­til Oc­to­ber 26, 2014. Suarez en­joys the trust of coach Luis En­rique and has al­ready scored 68 goals in 86 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions with Barcelona.

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