Photographer unknown, picture from goal.com
I file this report at six in the morning, because the beautiful game is worth it. Before I rhapsodise about the superb class act that Barcelona was in the final of the Champions League as they powered over Manchester United to a polished, well-earned victory, can we just take a moment to admire the fineness that is Barca manager Pep Guardiola?
Photographer: Shaun Botterill for Getty Europe
This man, a one-time Barca man himself, rocks the hell out of a suit.
Photo: Getty Images
He is forty, and a father of three. Apart from his melting good looks, I can't think of a forty-year-old man who can work a skinny suit and tie and still look elegant, like he does.
In any case, hugs to Barcelona for their deserved win, and I'm dying to give Lionel Messi (in top pict, right) a friendly cuddle. He's gifted as hell, and he has a scruffy boyish charm that's so earnest, he makes all other footballers look like they are only out for the glory, even if they aren't. No one has his magic feet. Magic feet that delivers. Man U, bless them, never gave up and created some moments for themselves, but they were thoroughly out-classed. Hats off the Man U keeper Edwin Van Der Sar for saving quite a few.
When a team you support wins, it feels like all is well in the world.
Pictures from goal.com, zimbio, kickette