The compartmentalised world of Carlos Tevez means he can be arrested, then48 hours later pull on a Manchester City jersey and score three times and create two more goals.
This was how Barnsley left the Etihad Stadium on the wrong end of a 5-0 hiding. Tevez registered first on 11 minutes, created Aleksandar Kolarov's second for City, completed a first hat-trick for 11 months with strikes on 31 and 50 minutes, then laid on David Silva's closing goal.
After being taken to Macclesfield police station on Thursday for allegedly driving while disqualified, for which Tevez could face a prison sentence, this was an emphatic show of strength.
In Gareth Barry's 16 years of top-level football with City, Aston Villa and England, he has never encountered a player who compares with the ability of El Apache to forget his troubles when on the field.
"I'm trying to think of some cases that have happened," the midfielder said. "I think, in general, as a football player if you have got problems off the pitch then the best place to get rid of them is on the pitch, either in training or in the stadium. It can certainly help take your mind off them for 90 minutes, anyway."
For Barry, there is no surprise at the relaxed Tevez who tore Barnsley apart. "No, not if you know Carlos, because it takes a lot to take his mind off it and get him agitated," he said.
"That is the type of guy he is: nothing really fazes him. Obviously it has been in the papers that he had a few problems, but once Carlos is on that football pitch he doesn't let much affect him."
Tevez, of course, missed five months of last season due to his fall-out with Roberto Mancini. Yet on returning to the team as a second-half replacement against Chelsea last March, he created Samir Nasri's strike in a 2-1 win and he continued this form to prove pivotal in City's charge tothe Premier League title.
Since then Tevez has spoken about being a changed man. He now has 15 goals in 35 City appearances, and fans have long forgotten the fall-out with the manager.
Barry feels no disbelief at how the 29-year-old has spun his City career around. "He was a big part of us winning the title when he came back and our form really picked up," he said. "Everybody knows that in his previous years, not just in England but in Argentina, he proved he was a great player and a great goalscorer, so he is an important part of our team."
Barry, Tevez and Joleon Lescott, who made a first start for a month against Barnsley, all enter the final year of their contracts in the summer. Is there a sense that all are playing for their futures? "Obviously they are the sort of conversations the lads have now and again," Barry said, before admitting that Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, the respective new chief executive and director of football, are carefully assessing who may stay.
"We've got the rest of this season and then one more year, and there have been changes upstairs. Everyone is pretty relaxed because they will take time to have a look at things, the way they are going to go in the future, and the players are pretty comfortable with that too. But it is just important we keep performing on the pitch."
Since joining four years ago, Barry has won the FA Cup and the Premier League and, at 32, he would like to extend his time at City. "Yes, I want to finish my career still challenging for trophies and this is the perfect club to do that," he said. "I'm very settled here. But at the same time I have got a lot of respect for the people who have come in. They are going to have a good, long look at the way they want to go and the players they want to go with, so as individuals we need to work hard when we get the chance."
David Flitcroft's Barnsley now return to the slog of being bottom. "We will be OK when we hit the Championship trail again," he said. "We're not going to come up against a team that's a force like this again in the Championship, no chance. That was a slow death at times. When you give the ball away against this team they're just breathtaking. I'm glad there was only one minute extra time."
Man of the match Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)