Neymar missed a match for the fourth year in a row to celebrate sister Rafaella’s birthday.
Suspensions and injuries have allowed the world’s most expensive player to jet back to Brazil and be there for his younger sibling.
This time, it is a fractured metatarsal which has been the blessing in disguise – despite hampering his season and possibly affecting his World Cup.
Neymar, 25, posted a topless snap of himself with Rafaella, now 22, kissing his cheek, captioned: “Congratulations, my love, you deserve the world!
“I love you @rafaella”
Rafaella’s special day has created conspiracy theories about her older bro deliberately ruling himself out of action to join her parties.
Sergio Ramos joked in November that if Real Madrid wanted to sign Neymar, they must first “negotiate his sister’s birthday”, before bursting out laughing.
In 2014-15, then-Barcelona star Neymar picked up his fifth booking of the season against Granada on February 28, meaning he was suspended for the match against Rayo Vallecano on March 8.
Barca allowed him to travel to Brazil and he returned before their next clash on March 14.
The Brazilian missed the game against Eibar on March 6 and then-boss Luis Enrique gave him permission to jet back to South America to celebrate his sister’s birthday early, before returning to face Getafe on March 12.
Last year, Neymar hurt his abductor playing against PSG and missed Barca’s 2-1 defeat at Deportivo on March 12.
The £198million striker is extremely close to sister Rafaella Beckran and even has a tattoo to prove it.
Rafaella, who reportedly changed her last name from “Da Silva Santos” to “Beckran” due to her love of David Beckham, has her brother’s eyes permanently marked on the inside of her right arm.
But it is Neymar’s Brazil team-mate Gabigol who she’s into right now, with the pair having dated since May.