Suarez thanks Barcelona for golden shoe

BARCELONA – 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-year-old Uruguay international said in his acceptance speech yesterday.

“I have spectacular teammates, who make things easy for me although you have to be there to put the ball in,” Suarez said, acknowledging he 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.

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