It was another historic night at Berlin as Barcelona defeated Juventus 3-1 in the Champions League final. While Barcelona become the first team in history to complete the treble on two separate occasions (2008/09 & 2014/15), Juventus made history of their own by becoming the first club to lose six Champions League finals.
In a game that was more open than many predicted, the Catalans overcame the Italian champions owing to their superior quality. Their movement and skill seemed to always give them an edge over their opponents and it could have been even more. Here are the player ratings from this enthralling encounter from Berlin.
Marc-André Ter-Stegen (6/10): Nothing much for the German to do in the first half with only one shot on target from the Italians. Not the most convincing of displays though when he was called upon after the break.
Dani Alves (7/10): Nearly doubled the Catalans’ lead and supported Messi well down the right. Cool in defence.
Gerard Piqué (8/10): Won nearly everything in the air as he should against Carlos Tevez. Had a good chance on the turn to put the final nail in the coffin but missed.
Javier Mascherano (7/10): A very wobbly first couple of minutes, but came good as time wore on. Did well with his task of keeping tabs on Morata.
Jordi Alba (8/10): Great touch to set up the first goal. Had very little to do as Juventus lacked much width on the right. His only blemish was when he was taken out by Marchisio’s back heel.
Sergio Busquets (7.5/10): Never does quite draw attention on most ocassions, and neither did he do so tonight. But he knows how to keep the Barca midfield ticking, which he did impressively as well.
Ivan Rakiti? (7.5/10): Man on the spot to give Barcelona the early lead. He was at the right place at the right time as Iniesta hopped into the box.
Andres Iniesta (8/10): Coolness personified at the middle of the park. Poise and class evident with the way he set up the opening goal.
Neymar (8.5/10): Had a few bright moments in the opening minutes and looked really sharp as he troubled the Juve defence with his movement. Should have put the game to bed when he had nothing, but finally scored late on deep into injury time.
Luis Suárez (8/10): Johnny on the spot to slot the ball home after Buffon had palmed away Messi’s initial shot. Tonight, he was tasked with not only playing off of the last defender’s shoulder, but also the man given the responsibility to keep Pirlo off the ball whenever Juventus were in possession.
Lionel Messi (8.5/10): Started more as a winger, playing down the touchline. This really helped stretch the Juventus defence and keep Patrice Evra from going on the front foot. While the Argentine didn’t get his name on the scoresheet, the diminutive southpaw had a part to play in Suarez’s goal.
Xavi (7.5/10): Came in and calmed it down at the middle of the park when Juventus were beginning to get a stronghold on the game. His 25th trophy with the club. What a way to say goodbye.
Pedro (7/10): Came in late to set up Neymar’s goal on the counter-attack to put the game out of reach.
Jeremy Mathieu (NA): Brought in late just as an insurance policy.