Atletico Madrid had to wait until the last game of the season against Real Valladolid on Saturday, May 22 to be confirmed champions of the league for the 11th time in the club’s history.
Atletico beat the relegated club 2-1 courtesy of goals from Angel Correa and Luis Suarez which was enough to win the title, two points above second-placed Real Madrid, and 5 points above 3rd placed Chelsea.
If Real Valladolid were able to maintain their one-goal lead courtesy of Oscar Plano’s strike in the first half, Atletico Madrid would have been in trouble since their city rival, Real Madrid, won their game against Villarreal 2-1. However, the winning goal from Suarez settled the contention between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
At the end of the game, Luis Suarez who was forced out of FC Barcelona last summer sat on the pitch and shed tears while on his phone. Though it was not certain who he was on the phone with, it is believed that he was on the phone with his wife Sofía Balbi and his three children – Delfina, Benjamin, and Lauti.
After he had poured out his emotion on the pitch, the 34-year-old Uruguayan striker told the press how tough it was for him last summer when Barcelona had to force him out of the club and later ended up at Atletico Madrid.
Luis Suarez noted that Atletico Madrid opened the door for him when FC Barcelona looked down on him.
“It’s tough. The situation I had to live through, the way I was looked down on, but Atletico opened the door for me,” he said, according to Marca.
“A lot of people have suffered with me – my wife, my children.
“Day by day, they are the ones who have suffered the most from my many years in football.
“We’ve had a great year. Despite the difficulties, we were the most consistent team and we’re the champions.
“In the first half of the season, we had an efficiency that wasn’t normal.”
Luis Suarez left FC Barcelona on September 25, 2020, where he scored 195 goals in six seasons. In those seasons, he helped the club to win 4 Spanish La Liga titles, UEFA Champions, Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and a host of other titles.
Though Atletico Madrid spent just €7 million to bring him from Barcelona to Madrid, Suarez was able to give his new club 21 league goals, provided 3 assists in 32 La Liga games during the 2020-2021 season.
The 34-year-old Uruguayan striker who is currently worth €15 million in the transfer market still have until June 2022 before his contract with Atletico Madrid will expire.