After the "Galactico" type signing of Neymar some 12 months before, news of a heavyweight bid for Luis Suarez around the time of the 2014 World Cup was met with scepticism from Barcelona's supporters.
The furore that erupted after another biting incident at the tournament led many to believe that Barca wouldn't take a chance on this "flawed genius." Suarez admitted himself that he had thought that his actions had jeopardised his dream move.
Fortunately for him, the Blaugrana were in no mood to allow him to ply his trade elsewhere and so were true to their word and made him one of their most expensive signings ever. It would take the best part of three months before he could make his first competitive appearance, in El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The stage was set. Suarez would return in glory in the biggest fixture of the season.
A third-minute assist to Neymar with his virtually his first touch was the best possible way to begin his Barca career, but he struggled to find the net on anything like a regular basis. Indeed it was almost two months until he opened his La Liga account against Cordoba.
Five more assists and two Champions League goals in the interim period wasn't quite the return that the locals had in mind for the newest member of the attacking triumvirate.
To his credit, Suarez was working extremely hard for the team and whilst the goals for column needed some love, the Uruguayan was endearing himself to the locals through a mixture of hard work, dedication and selflessness.
It wouldn't be too long surely before he started to bang in the goals himself and start rekindling for the form of his Liverpool days. With a couple more goals added, but by no means prolific, the turning point for Suarez came during mid February and the match against Levante.
A spectacular scissor kick goal opened the floodgates and since then Suarez has only failed to find the net on three occasions.
Seven goals and one assist during that time per WhoScored is the sort of return we have come to expect from the Uruguayan, and the winner in the return Clasico this past weekend has endeared him to the support who first doubted him.
His movement off of the ball is first class and arguably Neymar in particular, but Messi too, have benefited from Suarez's nous.
Content to do the donkey work for the front three, his tireless and direct running draws defenders to him allowing Neymar and Messi to work their magic. They don't need asking twice.
As he showed against Manchester City and Real, the sharpness is returning and if Barca are to be successful this season, it will be because Suarez has played a full part.