Confirmation that Lionel Messi had completed a transfer to Segunda Division B side Burgos CF would have come as a shock to most that saw it on Tuesday evening.
There have been tenuous rumours of a potential move to Manchester City, speculation that he is discontent at Barcelona, but dropping down two divisions? Surely not.
Burgos CF caused a stir when their official Twitter account claimed that Messi's arrival was "Oficial".
Vaya, está madrugada nuestro perfil ha sufrido un hackeo que ya ha sido controlado y neutralizado.— Burgos C.F. (@Burgos_CF) August 23, 2017
Disculpad las molestias. �� pic.twitter.com/ezU9NuuI5W
Unfortunately, though, it was not the most impressive coup in football history, but the work of a hacker.
That might have disappointed some of the more trusting Burgos fans, although it's hard to believe that anyone could have seen the Tweet and not treated it with scepticism.
"Wow, it's early morning our profile has suffered a hack that has already been controlled and neutralised," the club's official account clarified. "Sorry for bothering you."
Burgos may not require the services of the Argentine great after all. They opened their season with a 1-0 win against Caudal Deportivo as they look to challenge for promotion.
Still, there might be an underlying resentment that Messi is never likely to represent the club at the modest Estadio El Plantío.