Suarez has bet with Neymar for big match

Luis Suarez (right) and fellow Barcelona ace Neymar will be on opposite sides tomorrow in Recife when Uruguay play Brazil in a World Cup qualifier. Suarez is making his comeback to international football after a lengthy ban for violent conduct.
Luis Suarez (right) and fellow Barcelona ace Neymar will be on opposite sides tomorrow in Recife when Uruguay play Brazil in a World Cup qualifier. Suarez is making his comeback to international football after a lengthy ban for violent conduct.PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTEVIDEO • Luis Suarez has revealed he and Barcelona team-mate Neymar have made a friendly wager ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Uruguay.

Suarez will represent the Celeste for the first time in almost two years after serving a nine-game ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil.

"I have a bet with Neymar. The winner gets a burger," Suarez told a press conference on Tuesday.

"He is a great team-mate and we always make jokes at Barcelona.

"But whoever wins this game will be enjoying himself and he who loses will be hearing it from the other. Above all, we are team-mates and friends. We will both be trying to give our all for our own team and our country.

"Neymar knows me very well, but I also know him very well. Everything is different on the pitch, though.

"All rivals know how each opponent plays, but things always pan out differently on the pitch and you have to deal with it."

Suarez has also told Spanish newspaper El Pais that he is relishing the prospect of being reunited with his international team-mates for the first time in nearly two years.

"Obviously after a long time without seeing them (Uruguay team-mates and staff), it will be a strange feeling, but there is also the pleasure of seeing them all again," he said.

The Uruguayan has been in superb form for Barcelona this season, scoring 43 goals in 42 matches across all competitions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2016, with the headline 'Suarez has bet with Neymar for big match'. Print Edition | Subscribe