Football is a team sport. That goes without saying. And the best team will almost always triumph over the best group of individuals.
That said, when a collection of highly skilled footballers buys into their manager’s system, and into their club’s overall cause, special things can happen.
Over the past few months, both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have done exactly that, and it’s no accident that they’ll be the two sides contesting the Champions League final on Saturday.
The following slideshow will rank the players from the Spanish capital according to their individual contributions in the Champions League so far.
But don’t be surprised if, come the weekend, a good many of them sacrifice individual glory for the greater good of the team.
(Statistics courtesy Squawka)