Luis Suarez is never one to shy away from controversy.
He came into worldwide prominence after an intentional handball propelled his Uruguayan national team to a World Cup semifinal.
He was labeled a diver and a cheat by the English media, to which he responded by making a mockery of the claims by letting loose on a celebratory dive against cross-town rivals Everton.
He was characterized as a racist after verbally abusing Patrice Evra, but did little to remedy the situation by refusing to shake the United defender's hand.
Finally, there was bite-gate, as the Uruguayan maestro finally lost all control and took a nibble on the arm of Chelsea's Branislov Ivanovic.
Despite Suarez's transgressions, Liverpool and their supporters defended him tooth and nail. When others said he was a villain, they sung his name. When others said he was a cheat, they called him a genius. When others told him to leave, they said they couldn't get enough. But most importantly, they said he would never walk alone.
Until today that is.
Luis Suarez has finally done it. He has reached the point of no return.
Suarez has spent the summer attempting to campaign his way out of Merseyside for reasons that are generally understandable. No Champions League spotlight is a major issue for a player with the quality of Suarez.
However, Suarez has gone too far in his effort to leave behind the supporters that stood by him when no one else did.
Suarez spoke out to the media today. The same media that vilified him. The same media that made him fear for his family and reputation. The same media that made him want to leave England all together.
Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I'd be allowed to go. I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish—now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.
Suarez gave it his all, alright. He scored goal after goal for the club, but then got himself promptly suspended for 10 games for his own stupidity. He brought distraction after distraction to a once-great club, all while they supported him and his quest for redemption.
I don't feel betrayed [by Liverpool] but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.
Luckily for Liverpool, Luis doesn't feel betrayed by the club that backed him after every mistake, invested heavily in his rebirth and put their reputation on the line for his footballing genius.
They defended me, just like I defended them on the pitch. The players have always supported me and I'm grateful for that. It's the same with the supporters. I got a great reception at the weekend and I am grateful. I don't think the supporters are angry—I think they understand a player when he has the ambition to triumph at the highest level.
The supporters are through singing your name, Luis. They are through defending you. They are through buying your shirts. Overall, they are through with you.
It's at that point, ladies and gentleman.
Luis Suarez walks alone.
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