The world of club football looks as lot different this season.
Messi's departure caught everyone off guard, with the overwhelming consensus being that he was desperate to stay at his beloved Barcelona.
Ronaldo, however, had been growing frustrated at Juventus and his long awaited homecoming at Manchester United just made perfect sense.
He has hit the ground running as well, scoring four goals in his opening three games back in the famous Red shirt.
A brace on his second debut was followed up by a goal in Switzerland against Young Boys and another strike in east London during a dramatic clash with West Ham.
It is probably safe to say that all doubts have been quashed after questions were raised as to whether signing an ageing Ronaldo was a wise move.
However, if you need any further proof that Ronaldo is far from a spent force, then perhaps it's worth taking a gander at the fortunes of his former club, Juve.
The Turin club have struggled without the talismanic Portuguese star and once again slumped to a disappointing draw at home to AC Milan on Sunday night.
That leaves the Italian side without a win in their opening four Serie A games - a record unmatched for 60 years - and languishing way down in 18th place on the table.
The bottom three is a rather unbecoming look for a club like Juventus and, unsurprisingly, manager Massimiliano Allegri is already beginning to lose his rag.
A video has emerged in the days following their disappointing draw of the Juve boss storming from the pitch while engaged in a loud, x-rated rant targeted at his players.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Allegri said something along the lines of:
"F***'s sake! You are playing for Juventus!"
Oh dear - steer clear of Max in that dressing room.
His tantrum continued on into the post match press formalities, as he lambasted his side for 'showing away two points'.
"If you don't realise that you must put all personal issues aside, work as a full-back even if you're a striker, then you won't bring these results home. All we'll remember is that we threw away two points,' " Allegri told DAZN.
After a growing narrative had emerged that Ronaldo was the one holding Juve back, it is now plain to see that that is simply not the case at all.