Liverpool’s forward Luis Suarez almost didn’t make it as a professional soccer player. In a new book Vamos Que Vamos, Suarez tells the story about how he was beginning to grow tired of soccer and training.
“I didn’t like to train,” Suarez said, via ESPN FC. “I only liked playing the games and that way it was going to be very difficult for me to achieve something. I got really angry. I was a rebel and that worked against me.”
Suarez met his wife Sofia and she showed him the importance of studying and dedicating himself to his craft. She even suggested that he wasn’t succeeding not because he couldn’t but because his disinterest was holding him back.
It was a big change in every sense. I was very lazy about studying and she helped me to realise that it wasn’t because I was a dunce that things weren’t going well but because I wasn’t interested.
“I began to score goals. And I got to the point where I almost broke the Nacional youth record. The record was 64 goals in a full year and I scored 63. Things like that gave you confidence.”
Sofia eventually moved to Barcelona, Spain and Suarez realized he needed to succeed and break into European football to be near her.
“That was when I really realised that if I wanted to be close to her I’d have to work hard. I’d have to wake up. So I set to work much harder than I needed to. I wasn’t free to go there nor her to come here because of the money situation. So I had to train to the max to be able to succeed in Europe.”
Needless to say in 2006 he joined a Dutch team and was in Europe playing soccer.