Barcelona star striker Luis Suarez announced that he has switched from Adidas to another rival German sportswear giant Puma as his apparel sponsor in a deal reportedly worth $1.27 million (£1 mn) per year.
The 31-year-old Uruguayan footballer has revealed the move with an animated video posted on his official Twitter account in which he is depicted in the Wild West, entering a saloon bar full of other star players who are Puma’s other major clients including Romelu Lukaku, Mario Balotelli and Olivier Giroud.
Suarez tweeted: “Forget the past. Be the FUTURE! I’m very excited to announce and join the Puma football family.”
Suarez had previously been partnered with Adidas for more than a decade, but talks over a new deal had stalled, with Suarez playing in blacked out boots featuring no sponsors during friendly matches over the summer.
Suarez will become the only major name at Barcelona, to be sponsored by Puma, although his national team’s shirts are also manufactured by the same brand. He is also set to join his compatriot Diego Godin, as well as Argentine and Manchester United star Sergio Aguero who are also sponsored by Puma.
The Uruguayan will now wear and promote Puma Future boots to kick off the partnership.