Barcelona’s misery continues as the European super club was condemned to the Europa League for the first time in 20 years.
Their fate was confirmed via a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich. The bridge in quality between the two sides was evident from kickoff.
An image that emerged following the conclusion of the game perfectly summed up the David and Goliath circumstances.
The image doing the rounds on the internet features La Masia graduate Riqui Puig competing for the ball alongside Bavarian centre-back Niklas Sule.
The difference in height is specifically what caught the eye of fans online, the pair are almost a foot apart, with Puig standing at a paltry 5ft 6 in comparison to the towering German standing at 6ft 5.
Understandably, fans found the picture difficult to fathom initially, simply due to the staggering difference between the pair’s stature.
The image perfectly encapsulates the game, which was truly a men vs boys affair.
Riqui Puig vs. Niklas Süle 😳 pic.twitter.com/krFRMrcJLM— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 9, 2021
The embarrassing defeat perhaps won’t be of great concern to Culers considering their humiliating demotion to the Europa League.
Barcelona Manager Xavi in his post-match presser suggested that the result was no more than what his side deserved, he stated, “today we did not compete with a top team and our reality is that we are a Europa League team.”