Away from the pontiff elections in the nearby Vatican City, Serie A is producing the most tantalising title tussle of the European leagues, where even divine intervention could not render it more competitive.
The difference between teams—whether at the top, middle or bottom—can be so precious, that formerly little-known players can evolve into match-winning heroes.
Because this is Europe, those who do find themselves thrust into the ephemeral echelons of being quasi-messiahs will find themselves, just as rapidly, the victim of transfer speculation.
We are in the maelstrom of competitions where teams are constantly searching for their next competitive advantage. If a player hits form and produces eye-catching performances, the retinas of Europe's leading clubs will, indeed, be caught.
But with just over four months until the summer transfer window flings open, which lesser-known players can we expect to see on the move?