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Lionel Messi and his Argentinian compatriots came up just short in the World Cup Final, but just about everything else has been coming up rosas for the famed striker. After being awarded the Golden Ball for the Cup’s best player, he’s wiled away his time on a luxury yacht off the Italian island of Capri with girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo and their 20-month-old son.

Now Messi is back in Barcelona to begin training for the 2014-15 La Liga campaign. Adidas heralded his return with the release of a captivating ad showing Messi running through the night-lit streets before transforming into a big cat. Olé!

As for the quality of his latest signature Adizero F50 cleats, we’ll have to wait for a new review. In the meantime, here’s a take on their previous incarnation.