For Gareth Bale, read Luis Suarez. English Champions League hopefuls sell their best player to a Spanish team, squander the money received before seeing their former player score the winner in the final? Stop us if you’ve heard this before.
Thirteen months after Bale scored what proved to be the winning goal for Real against neighbours Atletico to win the 2014 Champions League, with Tottenham failing dismally to reach the competition having invested the resultant money foolishly, Suarez repeated the feat.
After going agonisingly close to a first league title in 24 years last season, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side struggled badly this season after Suarez departed for Barcelona in £75 in the summer, with new signings Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic failing to impress and the club not able to reach the Champions League. Events mirror that of North London just a year previous.
Bale departed for Real Madrid for a world record £85m in September 2013, with Tottenham brining in the likes of Paulinho, Vlad Chriches, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado as they sought a return to the Champions League.
Juventus 1 Barcelona 3 player ratings
Juventus 1 Barcelona 3 player ratings
1/22 Juventus: Buffon 7/10
Produced a superb one-handed stop among a series of first half save, but could not stop Barcelona's triumph.
2/22 Lichtsteiner 6
At his best when attacking, he was too often pinned back in defence
3/22 Barzagli 5
In for the injured Chiellini, the defender struggled to contain Barcelona's counter-attacking.
4/22 Bonucci 5
Too often caught out by the incisive passing from Barcelona's front three.
5/22 Evra 6
A steady performance from the veteran left-back before injury forced him off in the latter stages.
6/22 Marchisio 7
Stepped up when his team were most in need, and created his side's equaliser with a wonderful backheel.
7/22 Pirlo 6
Typically cool on the ball, he didn't get the opportunity to influence the game as he would have wished.
8/22 Vidal 4
A first-half liability, his early yellow card hindered his ability to make an impact in midfield.
9/22 Pogba 5
The Frenchman failed to live up to his big reputation on the biggest of stages.
10/22 Tevez 6
Constantly determined, the Argentine just didn't have his eye in this evening.
11/22 Morata 7
Worked hard to reproduce his semi-final heroics with an equaliser, but the celebrations were ultimately short-lived.
12/22 Barcelona: Ter Stegen 5/10
Fine shot-stopping, but failed to convince with aerial balls into the box.
13/22 Alves 7
His non-stop willingness to attack meant he spent much of the evening on the right wing.
14/22 Pique 8
Defensively superb in the second half when Juventus smelt Barcelona blood.
15/22 Mascherano 7
Put a nervous start behind him to produce a determined display.
16/22 Alba 7
Patrolled the left flank admirably, and remained responsible in defence
17/22 Rakitic 8
Scored to start the night off, and proved again what a valuable addition he has been to the Barca midfield.
18/22 Busquets 8
Simultaneously protected his defence while keeping the ball ticking over in midfield.
19/22 Iniesta 9
Always at the heart of Barcelona's best play, he remains a joy to watch.
20/22 Messi 7
Failed to get on the scoresheet, but frightened opponents with every touch.
21/22 Suarez 7
His luck looked out, but he kept his nerve at the vital moment to net the final's decisive goal.
22/22 Neymar 8
The liveliest of Barcelona's front three, he bagged the goal he deserved with the last kick of the game.
Things did not go to plan, with the majority of their new arrivals struggling and the club again failing to finish in the top four. Then they could do only watch as Bale scored the second of Real Madrid’s goals in their 4-1 extra-time victory over Atletico in Lisbon last spring.
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