If a week is a long time in football, two months are a lifetime.
Especially if those two months are spent deprived of watching Lionel Messi play.
The Argentine had been struggling with muscle issues until a hamstring injury put him out of action. His last game for Barcelona was on November 10.
He headed back to his homeland for part of his rehabilitation—his longest period out with injury since his run of form which included four consecutive Ballon d'Or gongs.
How has the footballing landscape progressed in those two months? We've highlighted six key changes.