CAN WE ALL JUST AGREE THAT BARCELONA IS THE BEST TEAM OF ALL TIME?

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[Barcelona]–Last night was proof of what we had all known for a long time. It was the manifestation of one of the most undisputable facts in human history, right up there with the laws of physics. It only served to remind us of a phenomenon which every thinking, breathing human would acknowledge: that Barcelona is one of the wonders of the world.

If for some reason, you were one of the carnal sinners who doubted the majesty of the holiness that is Barcelona before last night’s baptism of goals, you are forgiven. As long as you admit that you were wrong, we forgive you.

Obviously, what you have been reading so far is a fan-boy’s orgasmic response to a climactic event which will go down in history as one of the most shocking comebacks in the game of football.

However, the fact of Barcelona’s supremacy goes beyond its triumph over Paris Saint German. Over the years, since 2009 when the formidable trio of Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o became the benchmark for measuring how great an attacking squad is, Barcelona has maintained a stellar record of being the most talked-about club in the world. Of course, this is largely due to the presence of Lionel Messi, a legend who does not seem to be waning in his dominion over the sport. But it is much more.

Barcelona has become something beyond just a mere football club. It has become the perfect mirror on which all football fans project their feelings. WhIle having arguably football’s most diverse and loyal fans, they have much higher demographic of fans who hate them just because they are Barcelona. Their inhumanly endless streak of successes and accumulated prestige has drawn the ire of many football watchers who want nothing but their downfall. This does not in any way imply that those fans are terrible people who just want to see the failure of others. Rather, they are quite rational beings who see Barcelona’s victorious ascension to the peak of the footballing world as unnatural. Since 2009, the club has won the Champions League three times (that is nearly once every two years) and got the semi-final virtually every year. Within that time, Messi has won the biggest individual award in the game a record of five times. They have won the once-impossible-seeming treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey and Chamipons League) twice, becoming the first side to do so in European history. In 2010, all finalists for the Balloon D’Or Prize were players of the club.

It is clear that not many teams can come back from a 4-0 first leg deficit to then return with a 6-1 response.  In fact, no other team can. It is the first of its kind in Champions’ League history. Whether we like it or not, we are watching the greatest footballing team of all time.

While we all watched the match, tensions rising spiritually to the edge of our nerves, the noise around deafening, the stadium ablaze with the thrill of suspense, watching as the devils from Spain bedazzled us with the true definition of skill mixed with the right amount of composure, we all knew – we had to know – that we were not watching an ordinary team. We were watching a miracle. We were watching Barca!




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