Luis Suarez, a striker from Uruguay who once again teamed up with close friend and former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, has signed with Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer franchise announced on Friday.
Along with signing a deal through 2024, Suarez has reconnected with former Barcelona players and treble-winning teammates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, with whom he won four LaLiga titles in five years.
The Uruguayan international moves to Miami from Brazilian outfit Gremio, where he helped the team win two trophies this year with 26 goals and 17 assists across all competitions.
“I’m very happy and excited to take on this new challenge with Inter Miami.
“I can’t wait to get started, and I’m ready to work to make the dream of winning more titles with this great club a reality,” Suarez said in a statement.
Along with Brazilian forward Neymar, Suarez, and Messi made up the renowned Barca attacking trio that dominated Europe and Spain in the 2014–15 season as they won the Champions League, La Liga, and the Copa del Rey.
Before moving to Liverpool in the Premier League, Suarez earned his name in Europe with Ajax Amsterdam, where he scored 82 goals.
However, he achieved his greatest success—195 goals and 113 assists—at Barcelona.
He moved to rivals Atletico Madrid after Barca could no longer employ him, where he continued to shine and helped the team win a LaLiga championship.
Over the course of his nearly two-decade career, he has scored more than 500 senior goals for club and country.
“Luis is an outstanding striker with a track record of excellence at the very top levels of the sport,” Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson said.
“He has proven himself to be a singular talent in every league he’s played in over the course of his career thus far.”
Following Messi’s arrival, Miami won the Leagues Cup in 2023 but was not able to advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. On February 21, they play Real Salt Lake at home to begin the 2024 campaign.