Suarez proud of goal-scoring award


The former Liverpool frontman, who made an €86 million move to Camp Nou this season, was awarded the Golden Shoe award for having scored 31 goals for the Reds last season, an accolade he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo for the most goals scored in any top-flight European League.

"On a personal level it is always welcome to get awards like this but you do not get anywhere without all of one's team's effort every day," the striker said.

"I am proud to share prizes with important players [like Ronaldo] on a global scale."

The 27-year-old thanked his family and all at his former club for helping him achieve the top-scorer award.

“I want to thank all the colleagues I had last year in Liverpool, coaches and fans because without them I couldn't have done it,” Suarez tweeted.

“To my family, my wife Sofi and my children Delfi and Benja for being by my side and to be the joy of my life. I hope to keep scoring many more goals. Thank you very much for all your support and love. This award also belongs to all of you.”

Suarez makes his return to football next week following his four-month ban from all soccer-related activity as punishment for his bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at this year’s World Cup.

The striker could make his first Barca appearance against arch-rivals Real Madrid, and following his brace in a friendly with Uruguay this week, Suarez feels he is ready to make his mark at his new club.

"To make my Barcelona debut at the Santiago Bernabeu would be very special," he said.

"Before these games with Uruguay I was not able to play, but now I feel really good physically - better than I had expected. I'm 100 per cent ready.

"Adapting to Barca is not a problem, I just want to get out on the pitch and have fun. I'm at a club I always wanted to be at, I'll try to do the same in front of goal that I did for Liverpool, to do what the coach asks and score important goals."