While fans around the world were glued to their screens to watch the Champions League final – not to mention 65,000 packed into the Estadio do Luz, I had a day with a difference.
I flew out to Ibiza to the Heineken Star Final, and watched the game with Real Madrid hero Fernando Morientes and former Atletico star Luis Garcia.
Legends on either side of the Madrid divide, the two former Champions League-winners were bound to have different takes on the Lisbon showpiece.
After appearing the night before at a beach dinner for hundreds of competition winners, Garcia and Morientes showed off their skills by shooting into a floating goal in the Mediterranean, aided by some truly impressive jetskiing skills.
After proving that I’m better off writing about football than playing it with a spot of beach soccer, I caught up with the two stars to gauge their nerves before the game.
Morientes was predictably hell-bent on Real securing the famous ‘La Decima’ – their tenth European Cup – while Garcia was quietly confident Atletico could do the double over their illustrious neighbours by following up winning La Liga in spectacular fashion and winning the Champions League.
Former striker Morientes left you under no illusion who he thought the bigger team was, saying: ‘La Decima is not life or death, but it’s the most important thing for the club, the city and the supporters.
‘It’s the biggest competition in Europe and Real Madrid are the most important club in the world, so it’s a necessity.