Luis Suarez had made no secret of his admiration for Barcelona before signing, but it’s fair to say that his arrival wasn’t met with the same courtesy.
The media frenzy whipped up after his biting incident at the World Cup surely helped inform public opinion.
Why else would there be such a furore over the signature of a player who, World Cup aside, had come to Catalonia off the back of a Golden Shoe-equaling 31 goals?
Jointly held with Cristiano Ronaldo, the accolade was evidence of a magnificent season. A campaign where he was without question the best player in the Premier League.
By the time of his debut at the Santiago Bernabeu in October, the eyes of the football world were focused on his every move, and an assist to Neymar with his first touch was a fine way to begin his Blaugrana career.
That he didn’t then go on to set the world alight was wholly understandable, but the doom-mongers were out in force again with their tales of woe.