Luis Suarez reached Barcelona Airport yesterday only to realise he had left his passport at home when leaving in a hurry. The Barcelona attacker would have missed the flight to London for their Champions League clash with Arsenal without proper documentation.
But unfortunately for Arsenal, a Barcelona official quickly went back to the Uruguayan’s home and brought the passport in time so that he could board the flight to England with the rest of the Barcelona team.
Arsenal fans could be forgiven for wishing Suarez’s didn’t arrive in time considering the sensational form the Uruguayan striker is in ahead of Tuesday night’s Round of 16 first-leg battle at the Emirates.
The thoughtful changes Barcelona made in the 2014 summer transfer window have been proven sensationally effective. They let go Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal and signed Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, after a season and a half the controversial striker has netted 66 goals in 80 matches compared to Sanchez’s 35 goals in 78 games. Suarez also has managed to double the assists, 36 to Sanchez’s 18.
The Catalans took a risk when signing Suarez for a huge 81 million euros, although they recovered half of that mammoth amount, selling the Chilean forward for 42 million. Barcelona also had to make a gamble, as they could not use Suarez until the end of October 2014 after his ban for biting Chiellini in the World Cup.
But the numbers now prove Barcelona were exceptionally right. Suarez scored in Gran Canaria against UD Las Palmas (1-2) taking his record to 66 goals in 80 official matches. While Alexis Sanchez has played 78 matches for Arsenal in the same time frame, scoring 35 goals (22 in the Premier League, 6 in the Champions League and seven in domestic cups)
Not only that, Suarez has a staggering 36 assists and has already won five titles as a player with Barcelona, whereas Sanchez has won three titles.