Many people know the Uruguayan Luis Suarez as FC Barcelona’s best and fearsome striker. But he isn’t the only holder of that name to grace Barcelona. Back in 1960, Barcelona had an extraordinary striker named Luis Suarez. Today, we will go through the legend of Barcelona’s original Luis Suarez.
6. Early Life
Born in the La Coruna, Spain, in 1935, Suarez began his career with Deportivo. Nicknamed ‘The Architect’, Suarez was a good-looking, nimble-footed attacker. He established himself in the Barca first team in 1955. The Spaniard displayed fantastic discipline to avoid becoming the victim of alcohol-related issues like many of his peers at the time.
5. The legendary trio
The Spaniard, Luis Suarez, formed a fearsome attack line with legendary Hungarian trio Ladislao Kubala, Zoltan Czibor and Sandor Kocsis. That was Barcelona’s original terrifying attacking trio who became a menace for Spanish defenses with their style in the late-1950s.
The Hungarian Trio! Sándor Kocsis, Ladislao Kubala and Zoltán Czibor. 1958. pic.twitter.com/KoIiNfayAY
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Suarez was sensational as the club retained their title and romped to the European Cup semi-finals. Beating English champions Wolves 9-2 and Italian champs Milan 7-1 on aggregate on the way to defeat against Real Madrid.
4. Luis Suarez is the ONLY Spanish to win a Ballon d’Or
Despite dominating club and international football for the best part of a decade, Spain has only ever produced one Ballon d’Or winner. Luis Suarez comfortably beat off competition from Ferenc Puskas to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in 1960. No other Spaniard has ever won the award ever since.