Lionel Messi and his father have made peace with the Spanish tax authorities to the tune of of €5 million. Over four years of tax forms which his associates filled in incompletely was the source of friction between the greatest footballer of his generation and the taxman.
Messi will no doubt be glad that this unwelcome distraction has been put to bed and he can now focus on what promises to be one of the most interesting seasons in recent memory for both himself and Barcelona.
Last seasons humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich was the culmination of a season which ran in tandem with the unfortunate story of Tito Vilanova struggle with cancer. New manager Gerardo Martino, it is reported was picked due to his ringing endorsement from the Argentine wizard, steps into a club which has built a mythology around the Barca DNA and has had their identity shook by marauding Bavarians.
This season has also seen the arrival of the newest superstar of world football in Neymar. The Brazilian superstar is in many ways the anti-Messi. A superstar who has no problem living his life through social media and plays his football off the cuff, it will be intriguing to see how he fits into this Barcelona team. A team which is set up to maximise the talents of the aforementioned Argentine. In a World Cup year where the Argentine and Brazilian will do battle on their own Continent neither is going to want to play second fiddle to the other.