Atletico Madrid have had a clear Uruguayan flavour in the last decade, and the arrival of Luis Suarez will only add to that.
The 33-year-old is the third top scorer in Barcelona’s history and is also Uruguay’s record marksman.
Suarez has become the 21st Uruguayan to sign for Atletico, while he has one international team-mate currently in Diego Simeone’s squad in the form of Jose Maria Gimenez.
Since 2007, when Diego Forlan joined Atletico from Villarreal, there has not been a single season in which at least one Uruguayan has not been a part of Los Rojiblancos’ squad, which is incredible given that Uruguay’s population is just below 3.5 million.
Forlan was a huge success at what was then the Estadio Vicente Calderon, scoring 96 goals in 198 matches, as he helped the club begin a trophy-laden period in their history.
After him, the likes of Leandro Cabrera and Emiliano Velazquez arrived, albeit they failed to leave their mark, and then there were others who have made Uruguay-based chants a regular occurrence in the stands, such as Diego Godin, Gimenez and Cristian ‘Cebolla’ Rodriguez.
Now, Gimenez welcomes a new compatriot in the dressing room, following the departure of Godin in 2018.
Suarez has signed for Atletico on a two-year deal and he will be determined to prove Ronald Koeman and Barcelona wrong for allowing him to leave the Camp Nou.
His performance is yet to be seen, but what is clear is that Suarez has the opportunity to expand the list of Uruguayan players who have made history at Atletico Madrid.