In 2015, Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez completed one of the best teams in global football.
That year, their Barcelona club won the Spanish treble — LaLiga title, Copa del Rey and the Champions League — under manager Luis Enrique.
Now, all four of them could be reunited at Inter Miami.
Messi and Busquets have already been officially “unveiled” with Alba waiting.
Let’s look at Suarez and how he could fit in with the Herons.
Suarez Dominated Up Front
During that magical 2015 season, Barcelona had a front-line attack that featured Messi on the right, Suarez in the center and Neymar on the left.
It was the first year of the trio after Barcelona brought in Suarez from Liverpool during the transfer season.
It’s safe to assume Inter Miami isn’t getting their hands on Neymar anytime soon.
However, David Beckham and the Mas brothers may be close to pulling off bringing two-thirds of that front to South Florida.
According to the Daily Mail, Inter Miami and Suarez “are in advanced talks” for the Uruguay national to come to South Florida.
The Mail cites a report from TyC Sports in Argentina that stated Suarez and Miami “have been negotiating for months and progress has been made.”
During the 2015 season, Messi led the way with 43 goals and 21 assists. Suarez added 16 goals and 16 assists while Neymar had 22 goals and nine assists. They accounted for all but 22 of Barca’s goals that season across all competitions.
The pair of Messi and Suarez also teamed up to win four LaLiga titles, four Copa del Rey titles and the FIFA Club World Cup.
In 2020, Suarez transferred to Atletico Madrid before moving to Nacional in Uruguay in 2022 and finally settling at Gremio in Brazil.
Injury and Contract Issues Could Pose A Problem
Let’s be clear, Suarez isn’t a spring chicken.
He’s 36 which is not ancient, but not young, especially for a player up front.
The Mail reported potential knee issues that could push Suarez into retirement. Gremio president Alberto Guerra said “he’s had a lot of injections, a lot of medication, he’s reaching the limit…”
Not necessarily the news you want to hear from a player you want to bring to Miami.
Suarez himself told Uruguayan newspaper El Observador that he was happy at Gremio and planned to see out his contract through 2024.
Here’s the thing … I like Suarez as a player. If not for some racial taunting and biting opponents, he likely would have had a great career at Liverpool.
Fortunately, Barcelona gave him a shot and he made the most of it.
However, persistent knee problems (to what extent, we don’t know) and a question over his contract in Brazil may make this dream trio reunion just wishful thinking.
After all, we do have Messi, Busquets and (more than likely) Alba.
It may not be enough to get the Herons to the playoffs this season, but that’s a trio to build on.