Luis Suarez Says Knocking England Out of World Cup Was 'Most Emotional Moment of My Career'

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says his goals against England at the 2014 World Cup provided the "most emotional moment" of his career after being the subject of criticism at Liverpool.

Suarez, who left Anfield for the Camp Nou in 2014, was scrutinized by the British press after being involved in a string of controversial incidents with rival players.

In October 2011, he was accused of racism by Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and given an eight-match ban by the FA. Two years later, he was given a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

At the end of that season, Suarez sought a move away from Liverpool due to media attention on him and his family, with his Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique describing the World Cup as an opportunity for "revenge."

"Tell me a little bit about how you felt," Pique asks Suarez in The Players' Tribune, "because you were coming back from the injury, it was England, and we've heard about how they treated you there. I am sure you wanted to beat them and get revenge on them?"

Suarez's Uruguay had been drawn in Group D with England, alongside Italy and Costa Rica. Uruguay progressed in second-place while England finished last, after Suarez's double dumped Roy Hodgson's team out of the tournament.

Suarez said he was "pissed" after not featuring in the first game, a 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica, but that he "really killed myself" to play in the England game.

"I remember the day of the injury, when the stuff about the possible surgery came out in the English headlines, there were, you know, the typical things: 'Hope the recovery goes slow' and so on, for me not to make the game. And well, playing against them and scoring two goals, truth is, for me, it was the most emotional moment I've lived in my career as a national team player, regardless of the titles and the previous World Cups."

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Luis Suarez at Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 19, 2014. Suarez says his goals against England provided the most emotional moment of his career. Julian Finney/Getty

It was in Brazil, at the 2014 World Cup, that Barcelona entered talks with Suarez about a move from Liverpool, and he reveals he wept after the club confirmed they wanted him. Suarez would miss the first part of his first season at the Camp Nou after he was found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

"They [Barcelona's board] told me to be calm because Barca still wanted me and... and I have no problem saying it, I cried," Suarez says. "Because, they were accepting, and me going through what I did in that moment, and with the shit I had caused, it was complicated to trust in me. Truth is, Barca has been so good to me, and I will always be very grateful for that."