Monaco's grand plans to turn a second-tier club into a global superpower gathered pace as its new star signings, Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez were put through their paces at St. George's Park.
A stellar team deserves stellar facilities, and football's new galacticos looked right at home on SGP's Desso pitch, as they kicked off their week-long pre-season training camp at the national football centre.
Monaco had languished in Ligue 2 for two seasons but the arrival of the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has revived the club, and a £110m transfer splurge leaves them among the favourites to challenge PSG in the French top flight this season.
Managed by former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, Monaco will utilise SGP's state-of-the-art training and rehabilitation facilities, as well as taking on Leicester City in a friendly match at King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Monaco's players began their first session with some light ball work, with Ranieri calling the shots out on the training ground.
The France international midfielder Jeremy Toulalan (below) showed off his ball skills to his new team-mates after joining from Malaga this summer.
Falcao (below left), this summer's most expensive signing at £50m from Atletico Madrid and one of the best players in the world, lined up alongside his fellow Colombian, Rodriguez, and the Portugal midfielder Moutinho.
Rodriguez and Moutinho cost a combined £95m from Porto this summer, while the young Brazilian defender Fabinho (far right) completed the quartet.
Falcao (below) showed impressive chest control during the session.
Mountinho (below), meanwhile, demonstrated his array of no-look passes.
The session then progressed to a small-sided game in which the players were restricted to just two touches. Two mini-goals were brought in to test the precision of the players' shooting skills.
Ranieri was hands-on throughout the morning, speaking in Italian, French and English.
To watch highlights from the session, please click on the video player at the top of the page.