As Luis Suarez stretched his arms out wide in Sao Paulo on Thursday, his face contorted with emotion as he realised the enormity of his second goal against England, it was difficult not to ponder whether it was a significant moment in the career of a live-wire yet brilliant footballer.
Significant because he scored the brace that saw his side beat the country in which he played sure, but also because it felt a little like it could be the perfect bookend to his time in England. And in the midst of the possible transfer saga that such a decision would begin, one potential replacement in Karim Benzema is seeing his stock rise almost as emphatically.
After the game with England, Suarez confirmed that the performance was his equivalent of the big two fingers to the English press and perhaps football community in general, who had hounded him throughout his Liverpool career, often through his own questionable behaviour.
“It is something I have dreamt about very often," the striker said when asked how it felt to score against England. "It was one of the best games I’ve played. It’s an amazing moment for me. Maybe a few days ago I thought this wouldn’t be possible.
“Before the game too many people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years. This is a very good time for me. I want to see what they think now.”
How ironic that in Suarez and former Manchester City star Mario Balotelli, two of the Premier League's pantomime villains of recent times sent the national team hurtling home from Brazil with a game left to spare. So easily derided and picked on in the UK press, the two players did what Wayne Rooney couldn't, and made the difference when it mattered. Now of course, it is Rooney's turn to suffer at the hands of the media, many of whom will feel like he had it coming purely because he has been England's best, and best-paid player since he made his debut under Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Of course, given Suarez's goals in Brazil and his subsequent comments, the harassment coming his way is sure to increase next season. Which is why he may be that little more willing to depart to Spain now that he has had the final say on his time in England, and why the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid may be prepared to put up the required amount to convince Liverpool to consider such a deal.
Of course, all of this is mere transfer talk relating to rumours swirling in and out of the shady world of what motivates footballers, something that occurs particularly successfully during international tournaments. It is then that some players fulfil what is expected of them, and others exceed it, but if any club can dig in and say they are not willing to sell someone it is Liverpool - as they so stubbornly proved last summer.