Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez, known for his striking prowess and controversial moments on the field, recently shared insights into a pivotal moment in his career that could have seen him don the Real Madrid jersey, had it not been for a scandal that altered the course of football history. The revelation came during an interview with the Uruguayan program La Mesa, where Suarez reflected on his journey through European football, from his early days in the Netherlands to becoming a household name at Liverpool.

Suarez's performance at Liverpool caught the eye of Real Madrid's executives, who were considering him as a potential addition to their squad in 2014. "My agent spoke with Real Madrid, and everything was on the right track. They were thinking about selling [Karim] Benzema to Arsenal, everything was already done," Suarez recounted. The move seemed imminent, with negotiations progressing and the football world's attention fixed on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Real Madrid, known for acquiring standout performers from World Cups, had set its sights on Suarez, who was expected to shine on the global stage. However, Suarez's World Cup campaign with Uruguay took a dramatic turn during a Group D match against Italy when he bit defender Giorgio Chiellini, leading to a scandal that reverberated throughout the football community.

The biting incident had immediate repercussions for Suarez's potential move to Real Madrid. "With the situation of the bite, Madrid lost interest, and Barcelona became more interested," Suarez explained. Ultimately, he chose Barcelona, fulfilling a lifelong dream and embarking on a journey that would see him become an integral part of one of football's most formidable attacking trios alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.

The decision to join Barcelona proved fruitful for Suarez, despite the initial setback of a four-month ban from all "football-related activities" imposed by FIFA for the biting incident. This suspension didn't deter Barcelona, and Suarez went on to achieve remarkable success with the club, contributing to numerous trophy wins and solidifying his legacy in football history.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid retained Benzema, who blossomed into a club legend in the subsequent years, highlighting how the events of 2014 significantly influenced the trajectories of two of football's biggest clubs.

Suarez's career took another turn in 2020 when he moved to Atletico Madrid, and later, in a twist of fate, he reunited with Messi at Inter Miami, a Major League Soccer side co-owned by former Real Madrid player David Beckham. This reunion also includes former Barcelona teammates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, marking a new chapter for the South American stars in a team with ties to their European football legacy.

As Suarez contemplates the final stages of his illustrious career, he shared, "Inter Miami will be my last club, my family already knows that. I still don't have a date, but it is the last step." This statement underscores Suarez's journey from a promising talent in Uruguay to a football icon, whose career has been marked by both brilliance on the field and moments of controversy that have shaped his path in unexpected ways.