When Ruud van Nistelrooy drew Barcelona out of the pot to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi final, a lot of football fans were delighted at the prospect of Barcelona meeting Real Madrid in the Champions League final at Wembley. An El Clasico to decide the champions of Europe played at the world’s most historic football stadium is a fitting tribute to the sport which is long considered to be the most popular in the world today.
Beyond the obvious political and cultural rivalry between Spain’s two biggest sides, this potential Champions League final overflows with compelling subplots. Two of the world’s greatest players today, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, would have never played in a game with so much at stake. It is entirely feasible that the final could decide the winner of the Ballon d’Or later in the year as well.
Throughout the sport’s long and storied history, there have been few occasions when two players have vied for the title of being called the world’s greatest football player. There have been lots of talk and debates as to who among Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is deserving of such title. Not only do they possess tons of skills and charisma on the field, they also have a lot of great achievements in their football career. Over the last few years, Messi and Ronaldo have ignited European football in a manner few can compare.
The competition between these two superstars only provide more fuel to the fire on who among them is the best in the world. Their rivalry is one filled with respect towards the other player’s skill and talent, and at times it seems that both are equal in all aspects of the game. Competition between peers brings out the best among individuals. And there are other games wherein one can actually compete with others and match skills at the same time.
Poker is one particular game that lets you compete and have fun with friends at the same time. Like football, it has also become a very popular sport, enjoyed by players all over the world. The onset of online poker has coincided with a huge increase in the popularity of poker over recent years.
Most people tend to find learning the game online easier and quicker, as the format allows several hands to be played in a short span of time, with the software taking the burden of calculations and other inconveniences. The same statement can’t be said with regards to the finals of the UEFA Cup, as both the players and managers will be tasked to lead their respective teams to victory.
There are plenty of reasons why the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid has risen to be the biggest in the world of sports, and the idea of an El Clasico in the Champions League final is every football fan’s dream matchup. But first, both teams must get past their respective rivals in the semifinals in order to secure this meeting. Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are both fine teams, but football romantics will hope Real Madrid and Barcelona both triumph in their semifinals to set up what promises to be a brilliant final.