There is no question. Barcelona confirmed and reaffirmed their status as the best soccer club on the planet as they blasted River Plate 3-0 to win the FIFA Club World Cup last night in Japan. The South American champions from Argentina simply had no chance as Lionel Messi and company were just too good.
Lionel Messi poked home a header from Neymar in the 35th minute and Barca were on their way. River Plate put up a valiant fight for the opening half hour, but the Messi goal broke their spirit as the South Americans tired.
The Spanish giants were simply unstoppable from there. Luis Suarez almost doubled the lead on the stroke of half time after Messi played a perfect pass through to the Uruguayan. Suarez ran on to it well splitting the defense, but when faced with the onrushing RP keeper Barovero he rolled just wide of the post.
The fresh legs of halftime introductions Lucho Gonzalez and Gonzalo Martinez could not save River Plate from their fate. It was all Barca after the break as they added two more goals through the talented Luis Suarez. It was all hugs and celebrations as River Plate had no answers for the short passing game of the European power. They were only lucky the scoreline wasn't worse in the end.
The victory leaves no doubt the superiority of Barcelona. Over the last year the club has won the UEFA Super Cup. The La Liga title. The UEFA Champions League. The Spanish Copa Del Rey and now the FIFA Club World Cup. Barcelona become the first team to win the event three times.
They just win every event they enter behind the dominant attack of Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Focus now turns to grabbing a second consecutive UEFA Champions League.