Lionel Messi seems like a man hell-bent on wresting his crown back from Cristiano Ronaldo after reports suggested he has returned to pre-season training "like a storm".
Spanish news outlet Sport has reported that the Barcelona superstar has made his return to Catalunya in the best possible way, with the La Liga giants left overawed by his physical and metabolic condition.
Sources close to La Blaugrana's dressing room have alleged that Messi is like a man possessed following a particularly delightful summer break that saw him pen a new long-term contract with the club and marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in his homeland of Argentina.
The sources said: “He’s happy, he’s renewed his contract at Barcelona and he’s turned up at pre-season like a train.”
In data backing those claims up, the 29-year-old's figures concerning attributes such as top speed, distance covered in kilometres and aerobic capacity are also at their highest point throughout Messi's 12-year career at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona players are made to wear GPS trackers during pre-season training to allow the club's coaching, medical and sports science staff to see how each individual is performing - and Messi's numbers have left the senior staff on the club's pre-season tour of the US amazed.
The exact data obtained by Barcelona is, naturally, confidential to those within the camp, but that hasn't prevented rumoured all-time high recordings in his top speed, speed over 20m and other parameters surpassing even his incredible statistics from seasons gone by.
The increase in Messi's impressive numbers could likely be down to him enjoying a much needed summer break for once - the forward not having to compete at a World Cup or Copa America in the off season.
There's no denying, though, how determined he is to become the world's best player once more and take his crown off fierce rival and Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo this coming season.