Barcelona striker Luis Suarez picked up the Golden Shoe award on Wednesday – but he still had to face questions from his children after not scoring against Manchester City.

The Uruguayan hitman bagged 40 goals last season to win the accolade, and he was joined on stage by his kids to collect his prize.

Despite notching more than other striker in Europe in the last campaign, Suarez admitted his youngsters still wanted to know why he had not scored against the Citizens in Barca’s 4-0 Champions League rout.

He said: “I told them don’t worry, we won and [Lionel] Messi scored a hat-trick and they were happy.”

Messi and Andres Iniesta joined Suarez at the event in Barcelona as the former Liverpool star won the award for the second time in three years.

When quizzed whether it was more difficult winning it with the Reds two years ago or with the La Liga giants, he hinted at the bittersweet nature of his last triumph.

He said: “The goals at Liverpool took us close to giving a Premier League to Liverpool but it wasn’t to be. It’s true that here I have team-mates who make things easier.

epa05594052 FC Barcelona's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez reacts after receiving the Golden Boot trophy during a ceremony in Barcelona, Spain, 20 October 2016. Suarez received his second Golden Boot award as top scorer in all European soccer leagues of the 2015-16 season with a total of 40 goals for FC Barcelona. EPA/ANDREU DALMAU

“We have the best team in the world. Our priority is to win the league and then to win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey and then if it’s possible to pick up these individual awards.

“Any striker loves to score goals but if you see someone in a better position then you do what is best for the team.

“They [Messi and Neymar] participate in nearly all the goals but it’s not just about the strikers. If the ball doesn’t come out cleanly from the back then it never reaches the forwards.”

Wilson Perez, the scout who discovered him in Uruguay, appeared on a big screen to discuss the time the hitman was labelled a donkey after struggling to score after breaking into Nacional’s first-team.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez also offered words of congratulations.

Suarez added: “I want to thank Barcelona for giving me the chance to play here and fulfill a dream and for my team-mates who enable me to score the goals. This award is for them too and my coach who has trusted in me.

“I never imagined things would go this well. I just came here with the idea of winning trophies with the team.”


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