Barcelona's Jean-Clair Todibo has revealed that players are banned from tackling Lionel Messi too hard in training.
"We all knew that he couldn't get injured," Todibo told German publication Bild per Marca.
"Messi was defended very carefully in training.
"I learned a lot from Messi and I even tackled him a few times, but I was careful not to hurt him."
It's not surprising to hear the lengths the Catalan giants will go to protecting their star man.
After failing to engineer a move away from Barcelona having issued a transfer request and refused to train, Messi reversed his decision and has since been back at the club's training complex this week.
Barcelona will begin their LaLiga campaign on 27th September at home to Villarreal.