Ending weeks of speculation, Uruguay and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez on Thursday announced, via a video shared on his Instagram profile, that he’ll now be sponsored by German footwear giants Puma, ending his long-standing partnership with Addidas.
Suarez had been playing in blacked-out boots, giving rise to speculation that he was on the verge of making a switch and he’s reportedly set to earn a cool £1 million per year with his new deal.
Suarez was last seen in Addidas boots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but since his return to Barcelona for pre-season training, he was spotted in studs without any discernible logo.
On Thursday, however, Suarez confirmed those rumours by starring in Puma’s latest advert and it’s bound to go viral:
A cool commercial, which pays homage to Suarez’s El Pistolero nickname, has unsurprisingly garnered over a 150k views within an hour of the post.
Romelu Lukaku, Marco Reus, Gianluigi Buffon, Mario Balotelli, Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Aguero are among the other high-profile footballers on Puma’s roster and they all co-star in the advert.
Among the most marketable players on the planet, Suarez is a big coup for Puma and the 31-year-old is expected wear the Future 2.1 Netfix Mix boots, which retail for £200, when he takes to the pitch next.
Barcelona have already gotten their season off to the perfect start as they beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup on the weekend.
And after beating Boca Juniors 3-0 in their final pre-season fixture on Wednesday night, Ernesto Valverde’s men will now be fully focused on their La Liga opener against Deportivo Alaves on Saturday night.