In 2000, Boca Juniors beat Actual Madrid within the now-extinct Intercontinental Cup last. President Florentino Perez reportedly gave each barrels to his misfiring Galacticos within the aftermath – however extra due to the business alternatives {that a} pancontinental cup last loss had scuppered than the embarrassing outcome.

Flo noticed the match as an opportunity to increase his model to Asia, with a brand new millennium beaming extra soccer matches than ever: however not even he may envisage what this new century would deliver. The web would create stars – it will break them, too – the Champions League would develop in status, whereas scientific and technological developments (to not point out teaching evolution) would make this recreation virtually unrecognisable from the one which Perez grew up eager to tame as his personal.