Carlos Tevez has had an eventful season to say the least, but he and others at Manchester City were smiling in the end.
After a bitter falling out with manager Roberto Mancini during a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, the Argentinean striker went AWOL in his homeland after the dispute could not be resolved.
As January came and went, the much-publicised move to Serie A side AC Milan did not materialise, meaning both Tevez and the City hierarchy were forced to reconcile in some way.
Tevez returned to the Citizens and set about regaining his fitness in order to contribute to the Etihad Stadium side’s then ailing title bid.
After a rusty beginning to his return, the former Manchester United striker then announced his return emphatically with a hat-trick in the 6-1 thumping of Norwich City at Carrow Road.
City were struggling to maintain the pace and had fallen behind rivals United after giving up an eight point lead at one stage to Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
This win did a lot to boost confidence in the squad and they successfully overhauled the Old Trafford club to claim their first title in 44 years.
Tevez’s return was seen as crucial to this turnaround in fortunes, with the bad blood between him and the manager was swiftly put aside.
It was quite a comeback from a player who had courted so much controversy throughout the season.
Times have changed and Tevez recently declared he is happy to remain playing under Mancini – a Premier League title can do wonders for a man’s mood.