Erling Haaland, a towering, razor-edged, and relentless striker, seems to burst out from every venomous thwack of the ball into the net with his single-minded determination to be the best in the world.
Many assume the 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker is best suited to Manchester United, Real Madrid, or Paris Saint-Germain, teams that value individualism, celebrity influence and will massage egos if necessary.
But something is alluring about the prospect of Haaland under Pep Guardiola, a clashing clash of styles that, like any other pairing in sport, has the potential to either re-mold each person for the betterment of both - or to clash spectacularly.
To put it another way, Haaland at the Etihad Stadium could emulate Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola's symbiosis or follow Zlatan Ibrahimovic's tale under Pep: "a Ferrari powered like a Fiat," as Zlatan famously said.
Before we look at how Haaland and City might interact, it's important to note that the perceived differences aren't as significant as they seem. Haaland is a conventional nine-digit nation. Moving intelligently into space, sprinting explosively to out-think defenders, and finishing with frightening precision are his main strengths.
Manchester City's Confidence
That's a lot closer to Guardiola's ideal than you'd expect. The goal of Guardiola's patient and carefully choreographed possession football at the Etihad has been to create relatively easy chances from inside the penalty area throughout his time there. City's archetypal goal during their Centurion season was a low cross across the face and a tap-in at the back post, which is still a trend in the way they get forwards in behind, square the ball or recycle the play as much as possible to present an easier chance.
It's hard to believe City Football Group won't pay the estimated €180 million (£150 million/$210 million) purchase price, provided Haaland's value would almost certainly grow in the coming years. And Haaland would be wise to enroll in City. This finishing school will force him to develop his weaker areas drastically.
He isn't the perfect fit right now, but that should excite you rather than worry you. Imagine what would happen if the DNA of Guardiola and Haaland were fused in a lab. It's debatable if Guardiola's rivalry with Zlatan and Haaland's agent, Raiola, is causing problems.