For Ligue 1 fans, the start of this season has made a refreshing change to proceedings.
The dominance of Paris Saint-Germain in recent years has made France's top division somewhat of a one-horse race but times are changing.
As we approach the end of November, a new team lead Ligue 1 and they have looked very impressive to say the least.
Nice were fairly unfancied at the start of the campaign but 29 points from their first 12 matches have been enough to propel them into becoming early title challengers at the summit of the league table.
The secret behind their rise? Well, the summer arrival of a certain Italian striker has played a more influential role than anyone could have imagined.
Mario Balotelli had become disenchanted with life at Liverpool and decided to take the bold step of reviving his career in France at a team where he would be the star man.
It's proven to be a deal that has worked out for all concerned. Seven goals - six coming in the league - shows just how instant Balotelli's impact has been.
Nice last won the league in 1959 and although the majority still expect PSG to finish the season on top, they only need to look at Leicester City for inspiration.
Balotelli has already started dreaming of a Ligue 1 title and he has promised to celebrate in style if his side can do the unthinkable and pip PSG to glory.
"If we win the tournament, I'll get a helicopter and fly over Nice!," Balotelli told Mediaset Premium, as per the Daily Mail.
Now that would be quite the sight. It might even be enough for some neutrals to offer their support to the team based in the Riviera.
Their rivals PSG have now gone four games without a loss after a tricky start and sit just three points behind Balotelli's Nice.
With Unai Emery's men just starting to find their feet, even more pressure will be on Balotelli to maintain his form.
Should he do so, the striker might also do enough to earn a recall to the Italian team - another personal ambition he hopes to achieve.
He added: "I have always been an Italy fan. If (Giampiero) Ventura does call me, I know that I'll have to play at my best."
In the meantime, the 26-year-old will need to focus his efforts on keeping his side in the title race for as long as possible. Learning how to fly a helicopter might be helpful too - just in case.
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