Luis Suárez Miramontes, also known as the “Golden Galician,” has sadly passed away at the age of 88. He was the only Spanish man to receive soccer’s most prestigious individual accolade, the Ballon d’Or. While originally from Galicia in northwest Spain, Suárez achieved most of his notable successes in Italy with Inter, where he earned trophies such as the European Cup in 1964 and 1965, as well as three Italian league titles. Following his tenure at Barcelona, where he secured two Spanish league titles, Suárez made the move to Inter.
Career of Luis Suárez Miramontes
Suárez won the Ballon d’Or in 1960 and was runner-up in 1961 and 1964. He played on Spain’s team that won the 1964 European Championship, its first major title. After retiring in 1973, Suárez had three spells coaching Inter. He also managed Spain’s national side from 1988-91. Suárez downplayed his Ballon d’Or, a trophy that eluded subsequent Spanish superstars including Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Raul Gonzalez. After retiring in 1973, Suárez had three spells coaching Inter. He also managed Spain’s national side from 1988-91.