Luis Suárez scored his 500th career goal on Sunday after his strike against Alavés – an exceptional milestone for an extraordinary striker. The Uruguayan has now scored 19 times for Atleti.
The 34-year-old made his professional debut on May 3, 2005 for Club Nacional de Football, aged just 16. After playing in his home country during the 2005/06 season, the striker moved to Dutch side Groningen. The next year he switched to Ajax, where he went on to become the Eredivisie’s top scorer in the 2009/10 season with 35 goals.
Suárez joined Liverpool FC in January 2011, where he inherited the No. 7 shirt previously worn by Ian Callaghan, Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan, among others. In his last season on Merseyside – 2013/14 – he became the Premier League’s top scorer and won the Golden Shoe. He signed with FC Barcelona at the end of the season, where he once again was awarded the Golden Shoe in 2015/16.
After six seasons in Barcelona, Suárez joined our club in summer 2020 – becoming our new No. 9. Since then, he has scored 19 times. The striker is also Uruguay’s top scorer, having netted 63 times for his national team.
Congratulations on an incredible milestone, Luis!