It is fair to say that Fernando Torres' 2013-14 season has been another in stark contrast to those earlier in his career.
Finishing the campaign with 11 goals in 41 games, and only 5 in the Premier League, the former Liverpool man continued to struggle to offer the goal threat Chelsea needed, and expected from a £50 million striker.
Despite once again offering plenty of determination and teamwork for the Blues, Torres is very much likely to be a disposable squad member if Roman Abramovich can recoup a sizeable fee for the Spaniard.
Such a goalscoring drought has inevitably impacted Torres' opportunities with the national team, dropping from a vital part of Spain's all conquering side to that of an after thought.
Last night's friendly match with Bolivia may just have done the 30-year-old more good than harm though, as Torres gave a reminder of both good and bad aspects of his game, netting a penalty for his first international goal in 12 months, before missing a glorious chance when put through by Andres Iniesta.
Despite his mixed performance in the 2-0 win, Vincent Del Bosque seemed to indicate Torres may just make the cut for Brazil, despite it originally looking likely he would only do so if the man that may replace him at Chelsea, Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, failed to recover from a hamstring injury.
Everton's recently departed loan star Gerard Deulofeu also made his international debut for the World Cup holders.
The Barcelona winger, who is set to be part of Luis Enrique's first team plans next season, took to the field in the 80th minute, in what is likely to be the first of many caps the 20-year-old earns for the national team.
Deulofeu justified the hype surrounding him at times for the Toffees this season, and returned to the Nou Camp with 4 goals and 5 assists in 29 games. It will be touch and go for both him and Torres on whether they make the Spain squad, with Del Bosque set to confirm his 23 later today.