Even supposing the gang degree draw for the Champions League used to be the standard lengthy drawn out procedure, it did throw up, as all the time, a handful of tasty ties.
Most likely none extra so than the Barcelona v Juventus match-ups, which can see Cristiano Ronaldo pitch up in opposition to outdated foe Lionel Messi over again.
Within the lead as much as the ones two video games particularly, there’s sure to be the standard feedback as to who’s higher, and why, however that age-old argument is moribund now.
Each and every are global magnificence in their very own proper and deserved to be celebrated as such.
And the truth is that those two suits may just very most probably be the ultimate time that the pair face every different in elite degree battle until the footballing Gods occur to be smiling down on us once more someday.
It’s about time we sat again and loved what each convey to the desk somewhat than pore over the trivia.
Like Federer v Nadal, Borg v McEnroe, Hearns v Hagler and Ali v Frazier, this particular person fight writes the narrative, sure.
Then again, this actual time round will have to be savoured and now not used for level scoring through the pro-Cristiano or pro-Messi teams.
It is going to remove from the joy of what’s anticipated to be one ultimate curtain name.
Drum roll please…