When your backs are against the wall and you've seemingly nowhere else to hide, that's often when you find out the true character of a person.
The old saying "when the going gets tough, the tough get going" rings true.
Barcelona have been dragged through the mud recently and players might just as well be wearing bullet-proof vests underneath their shirts with the amount of shells they've been having to dodge recently.
Of course, this is a recent phenomenon. Things started to unravel as soon as Sandro Rosell was elected as president of the club in 2010 at the expense of his former friend and stable mate Joan Laporta.
Rosell had made a big play in his manifesto at just how transparent his preseidency would be. Everything would be above board with nothing hidden. Not like the corrupt Laporta regime.
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All of his pre-election promises turned out to be nothing more than hollow words as the full details of the Neymar transfer began to come into the public domain.
When one of the Barcelona members took the case to court, Rosell preferred to resign rather than have the full details read out for all and sundry to disect.
That Rosell has now markedly changed his appearance tells us much as to just how corrupt that particular deal really was.
His own stablemate, Josep-Maria Bartomeu installing himself as the new president didn't go down too well in Catalonia either. They like to elect their own presidents here thank you very much.
If that were not bad enough, a FIFA transfer ban that was eventually upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, really dragged Barca's name through the mud.
Luckily for the club, a window of appeal allowed them enough time to buy players such as Luis Suarez, Claudio Bravo and Alen Halilovic. Seven players in total were signed which should see them through until they can refresh the squad again in 2016.
In any event, with such a monumental decision going against the club, it was obvious someone would carry the can.
Puyol, Abidal unhappy
Andoni Zubizarreta fell on his sword but more damning for the club was his assistant Carles Puyol's words in resignation; "I've seen enough of that side of the club."
It hinted at practices and divisions that didn't sit well with Puyol.
With Eric Abidal recently turning down a post at the club, the news goes from bad to worse at Camp Nou.
Despite all of that, it could actually work in Barca's favour rather than be to their detriment.
Baton down the hatches, siege mentality, everyone working together and pulling in the same direction.
Well....it can't get any worse can it?!
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