Blog: Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez scores his 500th career goal

Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez scores his 500th career goal
  • 22 Mar, 2021
  • by Ben Collins

Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez scores his 500th career goal

Luis Suarez has joined the elite group of players to have found the back of the net 500 or more goals for both clubside and country after scoring for Atletico Madrid in their La Liga game with Alaves on Sunday.

Luis Suarez's goal was all Atletico Madrid required to gain the narrow 1-0 victory, with the Uruguayan nodding home a Kieran Trippier cross in the 54th minute.

Luis Suarez who is 34years, joined Atletico Madrid on a free transfer from Barcelona in September 2020 and only Lionel Messi has found the back of the net more times this campaign in La Liga than the Uruguay international.

Luis Suarez's goals have moved Diego Simeone's squad to the top of the La Liga standings, leading his former teammates at Barcelona and rivals Real Madrid.

Among active players currently on pitch, only the quartet of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski are ahead of Luis Suarez in the all-time scorer's charts.

A stellar career has seen the Atletico Madrid striker clinch a string of individual and collective awards, including four La Liga trophies, one Champions League and four Copa del Rey titles. He clinched the Copa America with Uruguay in 2011 and is also Uruguay's record goalscorer, with 63 goals, he is currently Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan.

Luis Suarez emerged at Nacional in Uruguay before coming to Europe at 19years in 2007 with Groningen in Netherland. A campaign there was enough to make Ajax to sign him, and Luis Suarez went on to captain Ajax in a three-year duration that saw him become Eredivisie's outstanding player. Luis Suarez found the back of the net with 81 goals for Ajax, 35 goals in 2009-2010, a record for a foreign player in the league.

After he signed for Liverpool in 2011, he clinched Premier League's golden boot in 2013-14, recording 31 goals in 33 matches as Liverpool challenged for the trophy. 

Luis Suarez signed for Barcelona for €81 million in 2014 and formed an attacking trident with Lionel Messi and Neymar JR that saw the team clinch the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble in his first campaign. Luis Suarez outshined both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015-16 with 40 league goals to clinched his second European Golden Boot.

Luis Suarez is the only player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned La Liga's top scorer in the last ten years.

He has proved his woes wrong at Atletico Madrid so far, and broke Cristiano Ronaldo's record for the best scoring start by any La Liga player in the 21st century by scoring 16 goals in his first 17 matches.