Book Claims Barca Sold Player After He Refused to Pass Toilet Paper to President

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

Barcelona, SPAIN:  Australia's assistant football coach Johan Neeskens of Holland poses for a picture during his official presentation in Barcelona?s Camp Nuo Stadium 13 June 2006. Neeskens signed a three-year contract to replace Henk ten Cate, and join Frank Rijkaard's staff after the World Cup, the Australian football federation said.     AFP PHOTO/CESAR RANGEL  (Photo credit should read CESAR RANGEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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A lesson in how to ensure a swift departure from your club, by former Dutch footballer Johan Neeskens.

Barcelona sold the midfielder in 1979 for a rather peculiar reason, according to a new book, Barca Inedit (via the Mirror).

Apparently Neeskens, who was capped 49 times by his country, was shipped out by Jose Luis Nunez after refusing to pass the then-Barcelona president toilet paper when he most needed it at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez in Alicante.

Neeskens, a former Ajax player, spent five years at the Camp Nou and was a fan favourite, but that didn't stop Nunez saying he would sell him at the next opportunity, a promise he kept when the New York Cosmos came calling soon afterward.

The 64-year-old returned to Barcelona as an assistant manager in 2006 under Frank Rijkaard, but he was sacked along with his compatriot at the end of the 2007/08 season.

Barcelona fans might be thankful the likes of Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez aren't pranking Josep Maria Bartomeu in quite the same way these days.

[Mirror]