More than 100 charges hang like a massive asterisk over City's latest title win.
Manchester City have lodged legal challenges against the Premier League over the 115 charges of alleged rule breaches, according to reports.
The reigning Premier League champions are believed to be disputing both the legality of the charges brought against them and the barrister in charge of the process.
All this comes as City were crowned at the Eithad Stadium as winner of the Premier League for the 3rd season running. A feat matching that of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United.
On the one hand, Guardiola's team are arguably the best the Premier League has ever seen. They decimate opponents with ruthless consistency, playing a brand of football that makes them unbeatable on their day. Just ask Real Madrid, the reigning European champions, who were destroyed in a 4-0 Champions League semifinal second leg last Wednesday.
But City are also under the cloud of those Premier League charges for allegedly breaching financial regulations.
The club denies all charges, but the charge sheet is so lengthy and comprehensive that nobody outside of the Etihad is prepared to toast Guardiola's team as being simply the best.
City are accused of 50 breaches of providing inaccurate financial information, eight breaches in relation to manager remuneration from 2009 to 2013, 12 breaches in relation to player remuneration from 2010 to 2015, five breaches linked to UEFA financial regulations, 25 profitability and sustainability breaches and 30 breaches of assisting the Premier League investigation, which dates back to March 2019. If found guilty, City face punishments ranging from fines and points deductions to expulsion from the league, making the stakes incredibly high.
Man City's on-field accomplishments are indisputable, but until their off-field charges with the Premier League are resolved, it's hard to know how to measure what this team has accomplished.
If they go on to win the FA Cup and Champions League this season -- completing the treble -- Guardiola's team will earn their place in the history books while hoping that an asterisk is not applied to them in the years to come.