Luis Suarez was seven years old when he started playing football on the streets of Montevideo, Uruguay. That guile and trickery of the street kid, the botija, attracted the attention of scouts from Dutch team Groningen, before giants Ajax decided to recruit him into their ranks. After a phenomenal number of goals and a starring appearance in the 2010 World Cup, Suarez was lured to Merseyside and the famous red shirt by another iconic no.7, Kenny Dalglish. From then on, he terrorised defences, driving a resurgent Liverpool towards their most exciting top-flight season in twenty-four years.
But there is another side to Luis Suarez. His naturally fiery temperament had him caught up in a very public incident with Patrice Evra of bitter rivals Manchester United, and he was banned for ten games after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. And then, in the summer of 2014, came the tournament that defined the enigma that is Luis Suarez. After scoring a heroic, last-gasp winner to knock England out of the World Cup, he seemed destined to fire Uruguay onwards. But, in their following game, he suffered another moment of madness, biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. The images sent shockwaves around the world and cast Suarez as the villain of the tournament. Banned from football for four months, derided by the press, he left Brazil in the most ignominious of circumstances. In the summer's final twist, he became one of the most expensive signings of all time, moving from Liverpool to join Messi, Neymar and co at Barcelona for ?75 million.
Here, in his official autobiography, Suarez talks candidly about the highs and lows of his career, his journey from scrapping street kid to the world stage, and the never-say-die attitude that sometimes makes him cross the line.