Luis Suarez Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

Our Luis Suarez Biography provides you info about his Childhood Story, Early Life, Parents, Family Facts, Wife, Children, Personal Life and Lifestyle.

In a nutshell, it’s a full analysis of his life story, from his early days to when he became famous.

Yes, you’ve probably seen him biting a player in a World Cup match. Putting aside his weakness, the Uruguayan is indeed a true elite among football forwards.

In the course of putting up his life story, we realize only a few have read Luis Suarez’s Biography, which is quite cool. Now, without further ado, let’s Begin.

Luis Suarez Childhood Story:

For Biography starters, his nickname is  ‘El Pistolero‘, which means ‘The Gunfighter.’

This is Luis Suarez in his Childhood.
This is Luis Suarez in his Childhood.

Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz was born on the 24th day of January 1987 to his mother, Sandra Suárez (a housekeeper) and father, Rodolfo Suárez (a former soldier and ex-footballer) in Salto, Uruguay.

A point to note: the Uruguayan footballer is the fourth of seven children born to the union between his parents.

Luis Suarez Family Background:

Regarding his family background and ethnicity, Suarez is a Uruguayan national of mixed race (African, Spanish and Uruguayan roots. Records also indicate that he had a black grandfather.

The football forward grew up in the Cerro neighbourhood in Salto alongside his seven brothers and not a single sister.

Little Suarez had a first-hand experience of poverty but nonetheless, lived a happy life as his lower-class family lived completely at peace in his village.

Like most kids his age at the time, Suarez was casually drawn to football, which he played with his peers to pass the time happily at his hometown’s local team, Sportivo Artiga.

Luis Suarez (Middle Role) at Sportivo Artiga.
Luis Suarez (Middle Role) at Sportivo Artiga.

It wasn’t long before Suarez’s family relocated to Uruguay’s capital ‘Montevideo’ after his father secured employment at El Trigal biscuit factory in Montevideo.

The then 7-year-old didn’t fancy joining the family and, as a result, stayed back at Salto with his loving grandmother, Mrs Da Rosa, for about a month.

Luis Suarez and friend with his Grand Mum.
Luis Suarez and friend with his Grand Mum. Credits:  The Sun.

Suarez later had no choice but to join the rest of his family after his mother secured a cleaning job at the central bus terminal of Montevideo called Tres Cruces.

Luis Suarez Education:

Suarez lived with his family in the La Commercial neighbourhood in Montevideo and was enrolled at School No171 in Tres Cruces, which is a province of Montevideo.

Luis Suarez at School No171 in Tres Cruces.
Luis Suarez at School No171 in Tres Cruces. Credits: Daily Mail.

It was at Montevideo that the happy-go-lucky kid requested that he should be enrolled at Urreta FC in La Blanqueada, a request that was made by the 8-year-old regardless of the fact that his school at Tres Cruces had its own sporting activities.

The development proved that young Suarez was not only confident in his football skills but ready to build on them in a competitive environment. However, he had a hard time adapting to the way of life in the city.

“..We came to a city where it was practically impossible to play barefoot on the grass, they also talked differently there and of course, often made fun of me. But I had to get used to all of that as best as I could.”

 Revealed Suarez in the book Vamos Que Vamos.

While Suarez struggled with adaptation, he was dealt a heavy blow by his parents’ separation when he was only nine years old.

The development four years later (when he was aged 15) saw him take up the odd job of sweeping the streets of Uruguay to help raise money for his family, which no longer had a father figure.

Luis Suarez Biography – Early Career Life: 

Notwithstanding, Suarez continued playing for Urreta FC and, not long after, caught the attention of a scout, Wilson Pírez, who offered him the opportunity to build a professional career in football at the Nacional youth team.

Luis Suarez at Nacional youth team.
Luis Suarez at Nacional youth team. Credits: Liverpool Echo.

However, Suarez grew to become a distracted teen who lacked focus and began drinking and keeping bad company.

So much was his distraction that he failed to gain promotion from Nacional’s seventh team and faced possible release.

“…From 12-14, I went through a phase in which the football wasn’t going well for me, and I didn’t want to study. Also, I didn’t like to train.

I only liked playing the games, and that way, it was going to be very difficult for me to achieve something.

Also, I got really angry. I was a rebel, and that worked against me.”

Notes Suarez in the book Vamos Que Vamos.

Luis Suarez Biography – Road to Fame Story:

Wilson Pírez (who had earlier brought Suarez to Nacional youth team) came to Suarez’s rescue by offering him another opportunity to get his acts together and prove himself at the club.

Young Suarez took the opportunity and acted accordingly after realizing he could help his family in the future as well as get a fancy football boot if he sticks to football.

“I thought about my family, my brothers, and resolved that I’ll be able to help them if I go far in football … 

Next, I had to get on with it… I also looked at some teammates who turned up to training in boots and thought; ‘ If you want those boots you’ve got to train.'”

Notes Suarez in the book Vamos Que Vamos.

Luis Suarez Biography – Rise To Fame Story:

Thus, Suarez rose through the ranks of Nacional and, in 2005, helped his side win the 2005–06 Uruguayan league with ten goals in 27 matches.

His impressive performances subsequently earned him moves to Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool, and finally, Barcelona, where he was signed for £64.98 million (€82.3 million) to become one of the most expensive players at the time.

Luis Suarez signed for Barcelona in 2014. Credits: ESPN.
Luis Suarez signed for Barcelona in 2014. Credits: ESPN.

The rest, as they say, is history.

About Luis Suarez’s Wife and Children:

Luis Suarez is a married man. We bring you factual details about his dating history and marital life, including how he met and married his wife Sofia Balbi.

For starters, there are no records of Suarez’s past relationship as he is only known to be with his present partner for decades.

Suarez met Sofia Balbi while he was a troubled 15-year-old kid trying to establish himself at Nacional youth team. It was  Sofia who offered Suarez support, and encouragement and made him focused at the time.

Luis Suarez has been in a relationship with Sofia Balbi since 2002.
Luis Suarez has been in a relationship with Sofia Balbi since 2002. Credits: Ovación.

Although the lovebirds were separated for a while after Sofia’s father relocated with his entire family to Spain.

They were once more reunited after Suarez convinced Sofia’s parents to let her join him in the Netherlands while he was with FC Groningen (between 2006-2007).

The duo took their relationship to the ultimate level by getting married two years later, in 2009.

The wedding photo of Luis Suarez and Sofia Balbi.
The wedding photo of Luis Suarez and Sofia Balbi.

Their marriage is blessed with three cute children, a daughter Delfina (born August 5th, 2010), Benjamin born (born September 26, 2013) as well as Lauti (born October 24th, 2010).

Luis Suarez and family. Credits: Instagram.

Luis Suarez Family Facts:

Suarez was born into a large family of 9. We bring you factual information about members of his family.

About Luis Suarez’s mother:

Luis Suarez’s mom is no other person but Sandra Diaz. Sandra is like most mothers, close to her son, and has vivid memories of his childhood despite raising 6 other children.
Though it is difficult to spot Suarez and his mother in a photo, she is his greatest supporter and had once defended the football genius after he was accused of racist remarks against Patrice Evra. She also has a new husband with whom she lives happily with.

About Luis Suarez’s father:

Luis Suarez’s dad is Rodolfo Suarez. Rodolfo is a former soldier and ex-footballer who played for Deportivo Artigas.
Contrary to widespread reports, Rodolfo didn’t abandon his children after his divorce from Suarez’s mother. He stayed close even after starting another marital relationship with his new partner Carolina.
“There is always a good vibe between us. We go to parties together and have a great time. There are no hard feelings between us. We are a very close family.” Said Rodolfo to The Sun.
Luis Suarez's father Rodolfo Suarez. Credits: The Sun.
Luis Suarez’s father Rodolfo Suarez. Credits: The Sun.

About Luis Suarez’s Siblings:

Suarez has six brothers. They include Paolo, Giovana, Leticia, Luis, Maxi, and Diego. Little is known about the siblings save for the eldest Paolo, who currently plays for the Salvadoran sports club A.D. Isidro Metapán.
Paolo is the eldest of Suarez's brothers. Credits:
Paolo is the eldest of Suarez’s brothers. Credits:

Personal Life:

The Baller has, over the last decade, grown to become very controversial. He is one of the most controversial and widely misunderstood players in Football.

Little do many realize something. That a poverty-ridden childhood experience is a reason for Suarez’s actions. Also, the hard life events of his teens.

The player who initially grew up learning how to win and celebrate victories has not strayed from treading the victorious path as he passionately hates losing.

“When I was a child, I never liked to lose. From seven years old, I started to do competitions and things like that, and I never liked to lose”. 

He revealed to Daily Mail. Below is a rare video that captured one of Suarez’s childhood competitions.

As the years went by, Suarez grew to become a bad-tempered teen. He got frustrated with the situations around him. Particularly his parents’ divorce and economic hardship. Also, his inability to get a football boot when he desperately needed one.

Thus, he developed a mild monstrous persona and became one who would trade morals to do what he knew best; winning.

“I even want to win when playing games with my wife Sofia and kids. I can’t help it.” He admitted to Daily Mail.

Notwithstanding, Suarez’s off-pitch personality portrays him as an ideal friend to many, as well as a loving husband and father.

In the same light, he has body tattoos that communicate his appreciation for family. His hobbies include playing video games and spending time with his family.

Luis Suarez Lifestyle:

The Barca Legend is not a fan of showbiz despite having an estimated net worth of  ‎$70 Million.

Similarly, his exquisite homes in both the United Kingdom and Uruguay do not receive attention. Especially from the press, which is solely centred on the controversies surrounding him.

However, he is often seen driving different brands of cars, including Range Rover Sports SUV, BMWs, Cadillacs, and Audis.

Suarez has different versions of Audis in his cars collections. Credits: YallaMotor.
Suarez has different versions of Audis in his cars collections. Credits: YallaMotor.

Luis Suarez Untold Facts:

Suárez headbutted a referee for giving him a red card when he was a 16-year-old at Nacional youth team.

We have found him guilty of biting players of the opposing team three times. First was during his professional career with Ajax when he bit PSV’s Otman Bakka.

Subsequent victims were Chelsea Player, Branislav Ivanović while Suarez was with Liverpool as well as Italy defender, Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.


While he was at Liverpool, he became the first player in Premier League history to score three hat-tricks against the same club, Norwich City.

Football authorities found him guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, a Judgement which Suarez disputes till this day.

Ranked by Spanish football website El Gol Digital as fifth in the world’s list of dirtiest players, Suarez has been widely accused of diving and has admitted to pulling off the ugly act.


Suarez ended the six-year dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning La Liga’s Pichichi Trophy in 2016.


Thanks for reading this article on Luis Suarez’s youth and life story.

A great mentor to many Uruguayan footballers. For example, the likes of Lucas Torreira and Rodrigo Bentancur.

Without a doubt, Suarez has left a legacy with Uruguay for the likes of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Rodriguez and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez to follow.

At Lifebogger, we strive for accuracy and fairness while putting up this piece of Childhood stories and Biography facts for the Uruguayan forward.

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Hi there! I am Hale Hendrix, a passionate football enthusiast and writer dedicated to uncovering the untold stories of footballers' childhood and biography. With a deep love for the beautiful game, I have spent countless hours researching and interviewing players to bring to light the lesser-known details of their lives.


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