Luis Suarez won the Uruguayan championship with Nacional, completing the circle of his illustrious career 16 years after first hoisting the trophy.
The 35-year-old began his career with the team where he played as a youngster, and in his first full season of professional football, the 2005–06 season, in which he made 27 appearances and scored ten goals, they won the top flight.
His rise to fame began with that campaign, which led to a summer transfer to Dutch club Groningen.
Suarez continued to have great success, adding an Eredivisie title with Ajax, a League Cup with Liverpool, four LaLiga titles, a Champions League with Barcelona, and then another Spanish title with Atletico Madrid to his trophy cabinet, in addition to a Copa America with his nation.
However, Suarez might have saved his most prized victory for last after traveling back to Uruguay with Nacional.
Suarez is expected to play in his penultimate match for the club, and his boyhood team beat Cerrito 2-1 to win the Primera Division title with one game remaining.
When the season concludes at the end of October, the seasoned attacker—who had only returned to Nacional in July—is expected to leave the club once more on a free transfer.
That was confirmed by club president Jose Fuentes who said in September: “As soon as the [Uruguay] season is over, Suarez will leave.
“That is what we agreed at the time. I’m saying this so as to not generate false expectations.
“He made a huge effort to come here. Suarez will leave.”
As a result the attacker will be a free agent as he prepares for the World Cup with Uruguay, where he’s expected to feature for the South American nation in Qatar.