There was never any real doubt Cristiano Ronaldo would find his groove at Juventus following his £99 million transfer from Real Madrid.
The Portuguese forward has looked as deadly as ever in his first four months in a black and white shirt, contributing 11 goals and six assists across Serie A and the Champions League.
Most other 33-year-olds would be happy with that return by the end of an entire season, let alone after 19 appearances.
It’s safe to assume Ronaldo is relishing life in Turin, perhaps even more so than throughout his nine trophy-laden years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Based on his recent comments in the Italian media, it could well be the case.
“It isn't right to name someone specific but I can say that this is the best group in which I've played,” Ronaldo told La Gazzetta dello Sport, per Marca.
“Here, we are a squad, elsewhere, some players feel bigger than the others, instead here, everyone is on the same level, they are humble and want to win.
“If [Paulo] Dybala or [Mario] Mandzukic don't score, they are still happy and you see them smile. For me it is beautiful, to feel that difference.
“Also at Madrid they are humble, but here I feel that sense more. It's very different to Madrid, here it is more of a family.”
Contrary to what many football fans make of his persona, Ronaldo has clearly taken a liking to the more sedate nature of his new surroundings.
Such comments were always going to prompt the Spanish media seeking a response from Los Blancos, so they went straight to head coach Santiago Solari.
Asked about Ronaldo’s dressing room comparison ahead of his side’s clash with CSKA Moscow on Wednesday evening, the 42-year-old said, per AS: “Humility is a virtue that top players need, and at Real Madrid we've got a fantastic, humble squad; they've shown that.
“When it comes to every one of the values bound up in sport, this is a top group of players.
“Cristiano will always be special to this club, he went down in its history, and it's not down to anyone to judge the way he feels; that's something personal to him.”
The exact motive behind Ronaldo’s decision to leave the Spanish capital remains something of a mystery, but it’s thought to derive from him simply wanting a change.
Given the kind of differences he’s already noticed at Juve, though, it can’t be that simple.News Now - Sport News