NFL money, or mostly any type of money, doesn’t have anything on European soccer money. Real Madrid, the winners of the 2014 UEFA Champions Cup, are set to make a 70-million-pound (roughly $120 million) bid to score Liverpool striker Luis Suarez this summer, The Independent reports.
The $120 million would go toward covering a rumored release clause of the same amount that was included in Suarez’s Liverpool contract that also netted him roughly $335,000 per week. It is likely Real Madrid would offer a similar or higher salary to the Uruguayan star who won 2014’s PFA player of the year award.
If the deal goes through, Real Madrid’s addition of Suarez would basically make the team to European soccer what the Miami Heat are to the NBA. But maybe even more deadly. Suarez would join Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who were also recruited with big money bids, as well as standouts such as Daniel Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Angel De Maria, Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso.
Suarez, meanwhile, has not publicly stated he wishes to join Real Madrid, and last month he dismissed rumors that about his future to Madrid’s La Marca newspaper. Suarez said:
“I don’t pay any attention to those stories; I’m under contract with Liverpool. When I read that Real want to sign me, I turn the page; it’s just speculation. I’m focused on the World Cup and I’m not thinking about the speculation.”
Instead, perhaps he’s just thinking about how to look suave on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Nailed it.