Barcelona vs. Manchester United: Breaking Down Player Matchups in CL Final

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Barcelona vs. Manchester United: Breaking Down Player Matchups in CL Final
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Here comes the big one, the biggest football event of 2011: the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United.

While the decision to move the event from the regular Wednesday slot to a more family friendly Saturday evening has been warmly embraced, the not-so friendly ticket prices has not.

Seriously, how family-friendly is it to charge upwards of €250 per ticket for a football match? The average family has around 2.5 kids, so an average family that the event is supposedly catering to would have to shell out somewhere in the neighborhood of €700 – €1,000. I wonder which families the UEFA had in mind, the British monarchy, perhaps.

Nevertheless, this is supposed to be a football match, 11 vs. 11. That’s 22 (multi)millionaires who play football, no more, no less. The world is coming to an end. Unlike the opera, Wembley has no roof.

In comparison, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has reportedly cost $250,000,000 to produce. And even accounting for a 30 per cent 3D extra-charge, the movie goer comes out way cheaper. At this point the movies win. Mermaids AND Penelope Cruz for the price of €13 vs. 22 sweaty dudes and an average ticket price of €200.

Am I the only one thinking something is wrong here?

Then again, I would’ve seriously considered if tickets were available. This could be your favorite teams’ last appearance in a final of any kind.

Since my knowledge of Manchester United is somewhat limited, I’ll go for the most reasonable matchups I can think of.

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