Four years have passed but we all remember proudly how Andrés Iniesta’s extra-time goal in Johannesburg earned Barça a resounding victory over the rest of the world. Barça’s captain Carles Puyol will hand the trophy back to the organisers shortly before tomorrow’s World Cup Final at the legendary Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, but at the end of the game the prize could be back in Barça’s hands if Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano have their day.
Barça’s supremacy in the universe is accentuated by the disastrous World Cup from closest rivals Real Madrid. From the moment Marcelo scored the tournament’s first goal in his own net Madrid have been struggling with blunders from Casillas, Alonso and Ramos adding to the calamity. Pepe did little to help by getting himself foolishly sent off while Ronaldo’s finishing again let him down. Madrid’s final humiliation came with Marcelo’s awful performance in the humiliating 7-1 elimination.
Tomorrow at the Maracana and all around the planet watching on television, people will be wearing the number ten shirt of Leo Messi in the blue and white stripes of Barça’s 2014/15 second kit. History is waiting to be written (and subsequently rewritten), let’s hope Leo and Jefecito Mascherano can bring the cup home!