It’s not a done deal by any means but if Luis Suarez leaves Liverpool, it will more than likely be for Real Madrid and he’s kidding himself if he thinks the press are going to be any kinder to him in Spain than they are here.
Suarez has cited one of his main hatreds of England as the media who he’s accused of persecuting him on a regular basis despite the fact he brings a lot of the criticism onto himself.
The Spanish press can be just as volatile and they utilised the negative feeling towards Jose Mourinho during his time as Real Madrid manager.
The ‘problems’ Mourinho created for Real Madrid were only publicised because he challenged key players at the club, which led to negative press stories and similar feelings to the way Suarez probably feels about the English press.
That negative publicity is what led Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi to say the following.
“Now I can say it, Mourinho has been a scourge. Seeing him leave is a positive for Spanish football because he had created a negative atmosphere,” he told Catalunya Radio.
So what happens if Suarez goes to Real Madrid, repeats incidents like what we’ve seen in England and brings shame over Real Madrid as a football club?
He’s not exactly going to be covered in glory by media sources like Marca, who love everything about Real Madrid as well as people like Vilarrubi who are clearly very passionate about Spanish football.
He’d be leaving what he sees as the problem of the British press and going to another country where the press are arguably much worse than what we see in the United Kingdom.
There is a severe lack of impartiality in various sections of the Spanish press because each faction of the country has a source through which they can self-glorify and criticise their rivals.
Not only would Suarez be criticised by pro-Madrid sources if he brought negative attention onto the club, he’d also have to deal with the Catalan press looking for any excuse to rip him apart.
He’d be better off going to Germany to be honest, at least that way he’d encounter the same sort of media problems but they wouldn’t end up making his life a misery.
That would happen more in Spain than if he stayed in England because as Mourinho himself has said, the British press criticise you when you deserve it and praise you where it’s warranted.
The three incidents which have created the apparent negative feeling towards Suarez are when he racially abused Patrice Evra, his ability to dive and when he bit Branislav Ivanovic.
The reaction to all of those things if he was a Real Madrid player would be just as severe, if not worse, which would lead to him becoming the new scourge of Spanish football.
How do you think the Spanish press would interpret Suarez?