Suarez thanks Barca for golden shoe

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LUIS Suarez has re­ceived a sec­ond Euro­pean Golden Shoe of his ca­reer after be­com­ing the lead­ing scorer in Europe’s top do­mes­tic leagues last sea­son.

The Barcelona for­ward scored 40 goals in 35 La Liga starts, help­ing Barca re­tain the Span­ish ti­tle. He ended the 2015-16 cam­paign with 59 goals in 52 ap­pear­ances for Barca in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“I want to thank Barcelona for be­ing here, for al­low­ing me to achieve my dream and my aims,” the 29-yearold Uruguay in­ter­na­tional said in his ac­cep­tance speech yes­ter­day.

“I have spec­tac­u­lar team mates, who make things easy for me al­though you have to be there to put the ball in,” Suarez said, ac­knowl­edg­ing he had had “dif­fi­cult times” be­fore join­ing the club.

Those dif­fi­cult times in­cluded a four month ban from Fifa after Suarez bit Italy de­fender Gior­gio Chiellini dur­ing the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A Liver­pool player at the time, Suarez signed for Barcelona after the tour­na­ment but missed the start of the sea­son be­cause of the suspension. He ended up win­ning the La Liga, King’s Cup and Cham­pi­ons League tre­ble in his first cam­paign at Barca and last sea­son, Suarez helped the club re­tain the league ti­tle and the King’s Cup. His other golden shoe award came with Liver­pool in the 2013-14 when he scored 31 times to help the Reds fin­ish run­ners-up in the Pre­mier League. He shared the prize that year with Real Madrid’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo. — Reuters

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