READ about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Sunday, May 29, 2011.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: Manchester United’s European Cup dream was destroyed by Lionel Messi at Wembley last night. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his side were “given a hiding” by Barcelona’s brutal brilliance as his Champions League dream died at Wembley.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Lionel Messi proved why he’s the best footballer on the planet as Barcelona outclassed England’s finest to lift the European Cup last night. Also: Pep Guardiola inspired a football masterclass as Barcelona proved they are the best team in the world last night.
THE PEOPLE: Lionel Messi handed Manchester United a sound Champions League final beating - then kicked a TV microphone to celebrate. Also: Chelsea will have to pay a £15million ‘transfer fee’ to take Harry Redknapp away from Tottenham - as their bid for a new boss runs into major snags.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Manchester United’s Champions League dream was destroyed by a Barcelona wonder show at Wembley last night. Also: Man United’s unbeaten record in this season’s Champions League came to an end in the one game they couldn’t afford to lose.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Leo Messi destroyed Manchester United’s hopes of a third European Cup with a sensational goal that delivered the trophy to Barcelona at Wembley last night. Also: West Ham will appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager tomorrow after changing the 56-year-old former Blackburn Rovers boss’s mind about turning his back on English football management.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Barcelona were duly crowned champions of Europe last night - thanks to the best player in the world. Also: The carousel which is Barcelona’s glittering football tossed Manchester United aside last night like discarded baggage to break English hearts.
THE OBSERVER: There was no repeat of the 1968 Wembley euphoria for Manchester United in their bid to lift a fourth European Cup, just an unwelcome reminder of how it felt to be outplayed in 2009 in Rome. Also: So Lionel Messi has finally scored for Barcelona on an English pitch. And how typical that it should have been conjured out of nothing.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Manchester United’s squad went to watch Jersey Boys on Thursday, hoping to round off their Saturday with ‘Oh, What A Night’. Instead the most appropriate theme for an entertaining Champions’ League final was the old hit by the Manchester band The Hollies, “On a Carousel”. Barcelona’s passing carousel, as Sir Alex Ferguson once delineated it, designed to make opponents dizzy, did just that to achieve a victory as comprehensive as in the 2009 final.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Barcelona confirmed their billing as the world’s best club side by lifting the European Cup for the third time in five years after sweeping aside Manchester United in a thrilling final at Wembley. Also: For the fourth time, with their habitual ensemble brilliance, via verve and elegance, through a genius called Messi, Barcelona are European champions.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Beneath the soaring Wembley arch, Barcelona ascended to new heights. Inspired by an exhilarating Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola’s team swept past Manchester United in a thrilling performance and, with their third Champions League title in the last six seasons, they earned the right to be called one of the very greatest club sides in the history of the game. Also: Tomorrow night Rio Ferdinand and Fabio Capello will meet for the first time since the Manchester United defender lost the England captaincy to John Terry.