26-year-old Alex Song has not enjoyed the Barcelona dream he would have hoped, regularly benched, so when he does get his chances he knows he needs to take them.
So turning up to a match without his football boots is the last thing he needed, but it's exactly what happened.
Spanish newspaper Sport report that for last week's Champions League game against Ajax, the midfielder had to borrow a teammates.
The situation occurred after a trip to his native Cameroon on international duty, where in the 'uncontrolled madness' after the game, Song gave his kit and boots away to fans.
Back at Barcelona he got in contact with his sponsors, but in the meantime had to train with Gerard Pique's boots.
By time it came to travel to Holland, Song's specially measured boots still had not arrived.
Rather than drop him from the starting line-up, manager Tata Martino instructed a player whose shoe size fitted him better, Sergio Busquets to lend him a pair.
It's an amazingly amateurish situation for a club which is one of the richest in the world.
Song's performance was widely panned as Barcelona lost 2-1, with the player not daring make an attempt on goal.
Sport write: "Alex Song played probably his worst game as Barca last Tuesday against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena. Lost dozens of balls, he was overwhelmed in almost every action and was never found comfortable with the ball at his feet."
With Busquets boots still too big for him, the player admitted he had 'no tact or sensitivity when touching the ball.'
Needless to say he was dropped from Barcelona's game with Bilbao at the weekend. It is still unclear whether his boots have arrived...
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