Tuesday November 12 2013
Joker Keita at Lazio because…

Keita Balde Dia today finds himself at Lazio thanks to an ice cube prank while in the Barcelona youth system.

The 18-year-old has broken into the plans of capital boss Vladimir Petkovic after being given the cold shoulder by the Nou Camp outfit.

While on tour in Qatar with Barca’s youth side, the Spanish-born Senegalese winger placed ice cubes into the bed of one of his teammates.

On their return to Spain, the player was subsequently sent on loan to Cornella where he underlined his reputation as one to watch.

After rejecting the opportunity of a Barcelona return, he was snapped up by Lazio in the summer of 2011 for just €300,000.

Keita, reportedly of interest to Real Madrid and Liverpool, scored his first goal in Serie A on Sunday in the 1-1 draw at Parma.