Behind a great man, there is always a woman who supports him.
That phrase might describe the love story of Luis Suarez with his wife, Sofia Balbi.
Luis Suarez was born into a poor family. His family even had to move to Montevideo to earn a living. The childhood of this FC Barcelona player was full of sorrow.
When he was 9 years old, he had to earn money by working as a street sweeper. Even so, Suarez remained persistent in practicing football. When he was 14, Suarez fell in love with a woman named Sofia.
Both were getting acquainted and decided to have a special relationship.
Sofia is a beautiful woman with golden blonde hair. Both of them often spent time together. Sofia even became an important figure in Suarez’s life.
She was the one who really strengthened Suarez when his parents decided to divorce. She had also made Suarez leaving his old bad habits.
Luis Suarez became mentally strong and hardworking. He would play football in the afternoon and work on school assignments at night. At that time, Suarez had already received an honorarium from Nacional as well.
His performance with the local club was very impressive. It was even watched by Sofia, the love of his life.
Wilson Pirez, a Nacional talent guide said that Sofia was often seen on the edge of the field when Luis Suarez was having football training.
“He wasn’t mentally prepared enough to become a football player. But Sofia’s presence made this kid was eager to succeed. “
After giving such impressive performances to help Nacional compete in the Uruguay League championship, Suarez had to lose the important part of his life.
Sofia moved to Barcelona, Spain, in 2003 to get an education, and of course, she had to leave Suarez in Uruguay.
“When Sofia went to live in Spain, I stopped playing football,”
“But at that time, I realized that I should dedicate myself to this beautiful sport.”
Distance became a serious matter for Suarez. He still wanted to meet Sofia and always be close to her. In an interview with Channel 10, Suarez revealed his bad experience when he followed Sofia to Barcelona.
At the age of 16, he had a bitter experience at the airport due to his desire to meet Sofia.
“I can get a ticket to Barcelona, but I don’t have the money to go there. My brother then lent me money, around 45 euros,”
“The flight took a very long time. After I had arrived there, I was confused. They held me at the airport as I was still 16 years old and I do not have any address to go to, I have nothing. “
Suarez revealed that by the time he landed at the airport, Sofia had actually waited for him for more than two hours. That was because he was getting detained and interrogated for quite a long time as he did not have a clear purpose for his visit.
After an officer found an address in Suarez’s bag, they let him go. However, he was never meet Sofia as she had already waited too long and decided to leave the airport.
It really became a very sad experience for him.
After that, Suarez focused on continuing to practice so he could meet Sofia.
When Groningen stated that they wanted to recruit him, Luis Suarez was so happy. His historic day had finally come. He went to the Netherlands with millions of hopes.
Suarez’s move to Groningen made him and Sofia only separated by a two hours flight.
Later, Suarez moved again to Ajax Amsterdam. Since then, his carrier was getting brighter even after Sofia eventually followed him to the Netherlands to live together and get married in 2009.
After scoring 126 out of 196 matches in various competitions in the Netherlands, Suarez then moved to Liverpool.
Sofia had really changed his life. Suarez became more intense and confident.
Having great performances with Liverpool, Suarez had eventually stayed at Barcelona in the summer of 2014. His dream came true. After marrying Sofia, Suarez could live closer to his wife’s family who was in Barcelona.
Starting from being a supportive figure, Sofia managed to change the life of Luis Suarez.
Luis Suarez had left all the negative things on him in order to be close to his wife. This even makes Sofia indirectly becomes a figure who determines his football career.