Writers, pundits and fans have longed fawned over the perceived Barcelona way, a style of football unique to the Catalan giants that somehow separates them from the rest of footballing world.
Control of possession, free-flowing offensive movement and a highly organised yet free flowing structure are all accepted as well known tenants of the Barcelona philosophy.
However, in more recent times Barça have quietly added a new string to their footballing bow. Barcelona now appear to possess the uncanny ability to get their transfer targets to stop turning up for training at their current clubs.
Here are some of the most infamous, recent examples of the Catalan club using this magical power.
The second name on our list is no stranger to a bit of controversy.
In August 2017, the then 20-year-old missed a Borussia Dortmund training session prior to a DFB-Pokal first-round match against minnows
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Look at that smiling, angelic face. Surely that is not the expression of a man that would ever threaten to go on strike, in order to force through a move from the club who made him a household name? Think again.
Prior to Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona in January 2018, reports suggested that he had threatened to refuse training if his desire to leave Anfield was resisted by Liverpool. He also withdrew from the Reds squad that travelled to Burnley on New Years Day with a suspiciously well-timed
To be fair, that injury would rule Coutinho out for the first three weeks of his Barcelona career so at least the Brazilian didn't feign an injury in order to get his dream move.
Neymar has learned some inconvenient truths over the past few seasons, namely that money is not everything and the grass is not always greener. He has failed to achieve his goal of stepping out of Lionel Messi's shadow and seems further than ever away from securing the Ballon d'Or that he so desperately craves.
Opting for a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain may have seemed rather appealiing in 2017, but the Brazilian's time at the club has been characterised but underachievement, squabbles and Champions League failure.
Sick of all this disappointment, Neymar is set on a move back to Camp Nou this summer. And how does he plan to get his way? By refusing to train of course.
The 27-year-old refused to report back to pre-season training on Monday but with Barcelona and PSG struggling to work out the finances of the deal, it is not clear what is next for Neymar this summer.