After helping his side humble Manchester United to a well dominated 2-0 defeat, Lionel Messi and his team in my eyes confirmed their status as the best team in the world with a phenomenal performance marked with by stunning header from the Argentine whiz kid, whilst another admired player of mine, Cristiano Ronaldo and his side Manchester United looked on visibly frustrated and stunned.
They had the right to be surprised because all the footballing pundits and critics had hyped United to comfortably defeat a visibly weakened Barcelona in the dying moments of the La Liga race and a team that had to utilize a makeshift back-four because of Dani Alves and Eric Abidal suspensions.
United started the better team of the two in Rome, Ronaldo looked strong and focused as he two first hazy runs caused the Barca back-line some headaches. He soon went on to win a free-kick which Valdes saved with difficulty but Pique managed to clear.
Manchester time in the sun only lasted 10 minutes however because on the first Barcelona attack orchestrated by who else but the magical trio of Messi, Iniesta, and Xavi, Samuel Eto'o went on to score a goal totally against the run of play.
The Momentum shifted quickly from Ferguson's Men to Pep's boys and it stayed there throughout the whole game. the phenomenal interplay between, Messi, Busquets, Henry, Iniesta and Xavi was mouth savouring and made a very strong United quatro of Anderson, Giggs, Carrick and Park look elementary.
During the whole remainder of the game i had to stop and count white shirts to see if Manchester had 11 players out there. such was Messi and Barcelona's dominance.
Messi and his team played the way the game was supposed to be played, team work, organisation and hustle were characteristics found in almost every play.
For me Messi didn't have to score that goal in the 60th minute to confirm himself and Barcelona as the best side in Europe the dedication, hard work and entertaining football they put on show was already worthy enough even if Manchester would of managed a Miraculous comeback,
For me FC Barcelona were dubbed Champions because if the beautiful football show they put on in Rome, not the final scoreline. Although the scoreline has a fundamental importance in itself also...the importance of proving that the Catalan's are real champions.