However, there was only one star of the show.
They had barely kicked off before the match was halted due to a pitch invasion.
No ordinary interruption, this.
No, this was an interruption of the feline kind.
NEWS: First pitch invader of the new season at at the Camp Nou. Or should that be ... Cat Nou (no, it shouldn't). pic.twitter.com/girrGzZHFG
— Eurosport.com (@EurosportCom_EN) August 24, 2014
It gave rise to immediate social media wonderings about how long it would be before the cat had its own Twitter account. Not long, as it turned out.
— Nou Camp Black Cat (@NouCampBlackCat) August 24, 2014
Or, indeed, how long it would be before another club expressed an interest in signing the cat up.
BREAKING: Man Utd table £50m for Nou Camp black cat; impressed by the ground it manages to cover in midfield.
— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) August 24, 2014
Of course, the doom-and-gloom merchants might suggest it's an omen.
But Early Doors prefers to point and laugh at the cat running around the Camp Nou pitch without a care in the world...and hope that it scratched the steward who, after some limp attempts to gather the kitty up, rather cavalierly dispatched it off down the tunnel.
Takes over a minute to get a steward on the pitch to try and remove a stray cat. Lively start for Barca's Liga season!
— Joe Wright (@JoeWright004) August 24, 2014
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