Luis Suarez has an autobiography coming out this week titled 'Crossing the Line: My Story'. The Guardian's Daniel Taylor has had early access to the book and in his column today details some interesting snippets.
The most curious of these is one from when the striker was at Ajax. It was the final game of the 09/10 Eredivisie season with the title coming down to the line. Ajax were a point behind league leaders FC Twente (who were managed by Steve McClaren) and needed them to drop points against NAC Breda. The Amsterdam side were playing NEC Nijmegen.
Suarez went to the Ajax directors and suggested that they offer NAC Breda a financial bonus to win the game.
Their response was not what the Uruguayan wanted.
No, no, no! Are you mad, Luis? Don’t mention that ever again. We don’t do that kind of thing in Holland.
Ajax won their game but so did Twente, meaning the Enschede side won the Eredivisie by a point.
Another interesting fact from the book is that he keeps a trophy at his home in Montevideo given to him by Uruguayan fans which commemorates his handball against Ghana in the World Cup.
The inscription on the trophy, which is of a goalkeeper making a save, simply says 'gracias'.