Luis Suárez

2010 Soccer - 2010 FIFA World Cup - South Africa vs. Uruguay (0-3) - June 16, 2010

Suárez in 2010, photo by

Birth Name: Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz

Place of Birth: Salto, Uruguay

Date of Birth: 24 January, 1987

Ethnicity: Uruguayan [Spanish, some African, possibly other]

Luis Suárez is a Uruguayan professional footballer. He is a striker for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A club Grêmio and the Uruguay national team. He has also played for Nacional, Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona, and Atlético Madrid. He is nicknamed “El Pistolero” (the gunman).

Luis is the son of Sandra Díaz and Rodolfo Suárez. His brother, Paolo Suárez, is also a professional footballer. He spent his teenage years in Montevideo, and speaks Spanish, Dutch, and English. Luis is of Spanish and African heritage. His grandfather was black.

Luis is married to Sofía Balbi, with whom he has three children. Sofía is Italian, and Luis has become an Italian citizen.

Luis’s paternal grandfather was named Atasildo Suárez.

Luis’s paternal grandmother was named Lila Píriz.

Luis’s maternal grandmother is named María Josefa Reyes.



Curious about ethnicity

11 Responses

  1. Lorenzo Spitaleri says:

    He probably isn’t black. In Argentina and Uruguay people call anybody with visible indigenous traits “Negro”. Though there were certaintly a few blacks in Uruguay back in the day mostly slaves that escaped Brazil where Slavery wasn’t abolished until 1888.

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    I saw somewhere he also has croatian ancestry

  3. pedro_henrique says:

    I doubt very much he has african ancestry. Uruguayans barely had any african immigrants. He probably has native american indian heritage, like most of south americans. Chileans, argentinians and uruguayans are mix of european and native people, not africans. Africans had more presence in Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia only.

  4. andrew says:

    Son of Sandra Díaz and Rodolfo Suárez

    Luis’s maternal grandmother is María Josefa Reyes

    Luis’s paternal grandfather was Atasildo Suárez

    Luis’s paternal grandmother is Lila Píriz

  5. WTF says:

    his father is african-uruguayan??!??!! he doesn’t even look black! he looks like a mestizo!!! nigga please!!

    • andrew says: is a reliable source even though he looks mestizo. Probably the grandad had African ancestry making him just 1/8 or less black

    • Betta Franka says:

      Many Mediterranean men have a similar looks to his, so his looks alone do not necessarily hint he might be a mestizo or have native ancestry. Also, many predominantly white mulattoes have a similar looks as well. In any case, this guy is very hot. I find him better looking than Ronaldo.

    • Samiiraa says:

      When you are 1/4 black you don’t look black ! Michelle Rodriguez doesn’t look black and she is 25% black, Nahlà, Halle berry’s daughter is 1/4 black and she is blond !

    • sourberry says:

      you don’t have to look black to be part black. look at Sofia Richie. at first glance you most likely would assume she’s just a regular white girl but she’s in fact 50% black.

      • andrew says:


        Lionel Richie is not African and has also more European ancestry than average African-American, that’s why his daughter with a white woman turned out to have white skin.

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