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Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra calls Luis Suarez 'a great player and the best number 9'

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Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra were involved in a racism row in 2011

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has taken the first step to bury the hatchet with Luis Suarez by congratulating him on his Golden Boot win for the 2015/16 season. 

Evra and Suarez shared a controversial past after the left-back had accused the then Liverpool striker of racially abusing him. Suarez was found guilty, fined  £40,000 and even received a 8 match ban which led to a lot of bad blood between the two of them.

Suarez disputed the decision and the ban and even refused to shake Evra’s hand when the two teams faced off against each other in February 2012.

However, Evra showed his classy side by posting a photo of Luis Suarez on his Instagram page saying:

“In my Instagram there is only love and never hate!!!

“Luis, you're a great player and the best No 9. Congratulations Luis @luissuarez9. I love this game !!! hahahaah.”

The 35-year old Frenchman was just one of the many players who took to Instagram to congratulate the Uruguayan. Former team-mates Dani Alves and Steven Gerrard also wished the Barcelona forward who is arguably the best number 9 at the moment.

En mi Instagram allí ' sólo el amor y el odio nunca!!!Luis, eres un gran jugador es el mejor numero 9 Felicidades Luis @luissuarez9 i love THIS game !!! Hahahaah

A photo posted by Patrice Evra (@patrice.evra) on

Suarez – If I do not win the next golden boot, Messi or Neymar will

La Liga has dominated the Golden Boot awards in the recent past with 8 of the previous 9 winners coming from the Spanish league. Speaking after receiving the Golden Boot award, Suarez said:

"I'm at the best team in the world with the best players, if you target an individual award you can probably get it but the priority is the team winning titles," Suarez told reporters at the official ceremony.

"But, if I don't win it then Messi or Neymar will.

"I've never aspired to be top scorer, just to lift the Champions League, which I've already done." 

This is the second time Luis Suarez is winning the honour having previously won it with Liverpool in the 2013/14 season where he scored 31 goals and almost guided the Merseyside club to an unlikely Premier League title.

"I know the value of having done it at Liverpool in the Premier League. I have some great teammates who make it easy but this isn't an easy award to win," he added.

"I was lucky to begin at Ajax with a lot of goals, that gave me the chance to go to Liverpool although I couldn't fulfill my dream of winning the Premier League.”

Luis Suarez will be looking to continue his god goalscoring form for Barcelona this season.

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