Luis Suarez will be immortalized in his hometown of Salto, Uruguay.
The Barcelona and Uruguay superstar, 28, has had his share of unforgettable moments on the soccer pitch over the years — many good, many bad — but the former Liverpool and Ajax forward will now be set in stone forever in his hometown.
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A statue, which has been backed by the Uruguayan Ministry of Tourism and Sport, will be unveiled on Dec. 18.
Media reports say Suarez is delighted with the statue as sculptor Alberto Morales Saravia said the sculpture will show Suarez wearing a Uruguay shirt “with his left arm resting by his side and his right raised with his trademark three fingers celebration with a ball by his foot.”
Suarez is unable to attend the unveiling of the statue due to his commitments with Barcelona, but plenty of tourists will likely travel to his hometown to get a photo next to a steel Suarez.
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I wonder if any of them will try and take a bite out of the statue to honor the striker…
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Despite his lengthy bans for biting opponents (not once, twice but three times), alleged racist abuse of Patrice Evra and that goal-line clearance at the 2010 World Cup, Suarez’s star shines bright in his homeland.
As he continues to spearhead Barca’s attack along with Lionel Messi and Neymar, perhaps this will be the first of many Suarez statues to pop up not just in his homeland but across the planet.