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Striker Luis Suarez joins Lionel Messi at Inter Miami for 2024 MLS season

Luis Suarez, the 36-year-old striker who played for Liverpool and Barcelona, is set to join Lionel Messi at Inter Miami for the 2024 MLS season.

Suarez is one of the most accomplished goalscorers of this generation. Since joining Groningen in the Netherlands as a teenager, Suarez has scored 0.72 goals per match on average in his career, meaning he scores in most of his games.

Coming off a season in which he scored 17 goals and assisted 11 times in 33 games for Gremio in Brazil's top division, it's clear that Suarez still has his goalscoring touch.

He played with Messi - and fellow current Miami players Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba - at Barcelona for six seasons, winning the league four times and the Champions League once.

He left Barcelona during the club's financial struggles ahead of the 2020/21 season, and right away he led Atletico Madrid to a league title with a team-high 21 goals in 32 league appearances.

Before scoring for fun in Spain, Suarez made his name with Liverpool in the Premier League. He joined from Dutch giants Ajax ahead of the 2010/11 season, and he scored 69 league goals and contributed 23 assists in four seasons there.

Suarez scored 31 Premier League goals in his best - and final - season at Liverpool before he moved to Barcelona for an estimated $84 million fee.

Suarez will provide the primary goalscoring threat for a team that did not have a player score more than 10 goals in MLS in 2023. Miami won the 2023 Leagues Cup, but a poor start to the MLS season paired with a post-Leagues Cup injury to Messi derailed the team's plans for a late playoff push.

The addition of Suarez makes the team more complete and harder to defend. A goalscorer of Suarez's pedigree lurking around the box will make defenders pay attention, and that's attention that will be diverted away from Messi, who functioned as the primary playmaker for Miami last year.

Inter Miami were a joy to watch in the Leagues Cup when Messi was fully healthy and rested. The team scored four goals on four occasions, with Messi scoring 10 goals and assisting four in 10 games.

The thought of facing Messi and Suarez with each coming off a full offseason of rest should be a scary thought for the 28 other MLS clubs.

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