Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has revealed he shed tears when his Liverpool exit was confirmed – but only because he thought his career was over.
The Uruguayan thought the Catalan giants would end their interest in him after his bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
He says Barca’s vote of confidence caused him to cry.
He told Catalan newspaper Sport: “At first I didn’t want to see or hear from anybody, or anything. I hid myself away with my family, I reflected, I apologised and I felt liberated.
“That’s when the Barcelona contact began, and when my agent Pere Guardiola called to tell me the deal was done, I broke down in tears, because of the overwhelming situation I was going through, and to feel so supported by Barcelona.
“I felt so happy with the judgement call Barcelona made about me. I was scared that they’d pull out of signing me, because of the repercussions of the bite incident; I knew that could happen.”
In the same interview he says Liverpool helped him make his name, but did not shape him.
He said: “Liverpool gave me a name, but Ajax was my school. That’s where I learned the movements and techniques that a top forward needs.
“If I could retire at Barcelona, it would be the perfect career.”