Zlatan Ibrahimovic described Lionel Messi as being “like a schoolboy” in his autobiography, and Barcelona’s list of fines proves that to be the case.
Spanish newspaper Sport have revealed how much Barcelona’s players are fined for being late and - to nobody’s surprise - Messi hasn’t been charged a single Euro.
Gerard Pique, however, can’t say the same.
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The Spaniard has shown his appreciation for social media - particularly Periscope - in recent weeks, and it seems to be having an effect on the Barcelona star’s punctuality.
He tops the list, having been fined €6,200 (£4,924) in total.
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Pique probably has that sort of money lying in the back of his couch, but it’s still interesting to see which stars are on time and which prefer to stay in bed for an extra five minutes.
Messi, Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves and Luis Suarez - six fan-favourites - haven’t been late once this season.
Barcelona's bad boys
But Pique, Neymar, Adriano and Arda Turan are among the bad boys.
Neymar has been charged €1,200 (£953) for his offences.
In a recent interview with Sport, Barcelona delegate Carles Naval disclosed the fine system Luis Enrique has put in place.
Players are charged €200 (£159) for being late to training and €400 (£318) if they turn up late to a match.
The fine for arriving late to training is quadrupled for repeat offenders.
So, despite being on the verge of back-to-back trebles, Enrique still likes to keep his players disciplined.
Messi is squeaky-clean
It’s no real surprise to see that Messi has a clean record. You don’t win five Ballon d’Or titles by regularly turning up late to training.
Ibrahimovic gave an insight into the Barcelona dressing room in his autobiography ‘I am Zlatan’, admitting Messi was like a “schoolboy”, per the Daily Mail.
“The dressing room was way too quiet,” Ibrahimovic said of his time in Catalonia. “Messi, Xavi and Iniesta always obeyed without protest. They were like schoolboys. I am not like that. I couldn’t be myself.”
Enrique will be hoping Messi and Suarez can teach Neymar something about punctuality.
The 24-year-old is a star in the making and he will almost certainly win a Ballon d’Or one day if he stays dedicated.
Neymar opened up about his relationship with his fellow strikers, who have combined to score 107 goals this season, in a recent interview with Goal.
He said: “[With Leo and Luis] we get along very well. Not only on the field, but mostly off it. Today I can say we became friends, and when that happens in football you help your mates even more during the matches.
“We developed a strong bond, being three South American players and 'rivals', it's something very hard to accomplish, but we did it, playing together and forging a good friendship. But most importantly, it's working well on the field."
In order to fast-track his development, the Brazilian might want to invest in an alarm clock.
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