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The Wall Street Journal has anointed FC Barcelona "the most dominant club of its generation." / GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

All over the world on Sunday morning, groggy-eyed international readers woke up, got a cup of coffee, and went for either their favourite newspaper or electronic device. Whether they were glancing at a front page or a home page, one piece of news was nearly ubiquitous — FC Barcelona’s historic victory in the UEFA Champions League.

It is rare to see a single sporting event make front-page news on multiple continents, but that’s exactly what happened on 7 June 2015, as the Catalan club’s record-breaking Saturday evening had deep appeal from Berlin to Buenos Aires.

Argentina lauded Lionel Messi, Brazil cited the role of Neymar, and scores of other outlets unanimously hailed the team’s unprecedented achievements. 

Here’s a closer look at what several of the world’s most influential papers had to say:

La Vanguardia (Catalonia) — FC Barcelona’s hometown newspaper used the entire front page for an image of Messi kissing the Cup with the title, “Barça of Prodigies.” The subtitle read: “The blaugranes win the Champions League 3–1 over a combative Juventus and conquer their second treble.”

El País (Spain) — The Madrid-based leading newspaper on the Iberian Peninsula, not exactly a bastion of pro-Barça news, featured a prominent image of Xavi Hernández lifting the Cup. “Barça conquer their fifth,” it said, adding, “The blaugranes close out a magical season by taking the Champions League as well after vanquishing Juventus (3–1) in an exciting Final.”

Corriere della Sera (Italy) — “A stellar Barça switch off Juve’s dream,” was how the Italian daily called it.

La Stampa (Italy) — Juventus’ home paper, the Turin-based daily, was humble in defeat: “A warrior-like Juve not enough against Barça.”

Die Zeit (Germany) — “Such wonderful football,” lauded the Hamburg-based weekly, contrasting the Final with the recent scandals engulfing FIFA and declaring that Barça and Juve brought football back for “an evening of dignity and class.”

L’Equipe (France) — In a country where the UEFA Champions League Final went up against the French Open men’s and women’s finals at Roland Garros, the sports daily was unequivocal: “The coronation of a dynasty,” while adding that “Juventus were close to shaking off the best team of the decade.”

Clarín (Argentina) — It was no surprise that the Buenos Aires-based daily newspaper praised the figure of their beloved countryman: “Historic: Messi tops among Argentinians with most titles.”

Olé (Argentina) — This national sports daily further extolled the greatness of Messi, pictured holding the Cup aloft. "Another one! Another one!" ran the headline, while adding a touch of detail: "Barça beat Juve 3–1 in a fantastic final. Messi gets 24th title and 4th Champions League. He and [Carlos] Tévez force two goals. Now the Argentinian stars must move their focus to the Copa América."

O Globo (Brazil) — As was the case with Messi, the Brazilian media had words of praise for Neymar, who scored the final goal of the game in injury time: “Neymar shines in the Champions League with artillery and title.”

The New York Times (USA) — “Barcelona Overwhelms Juventus to Win Fifth Champions League Title,” declared the most prestigious American paper, highlighting the role of Barça’s famed trident: “Behind its three superstar scorers, Barcelona completed a so-called treble, having taken both the Spanish league and the Spanish cup titles.”

The Guardian (UK) — The British daily also cited Barça’s prolific front line: “Suárez, Messi and Neymar too good for Juventus.”

The Wall Street Journal (USA) — This influential American daily, known more for finance than football, recognised the transcendence of Barça’s once-in-a-lifetime squad and didn’t mince words: “Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Juventus for the Champions League title was more than the top team in Spain grinding down the top team in Italy. Barcelona won its fourth Champions League title in a decade to cement its status as the most dominant club of its generation,” it declared.

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