Arda Turan pretty much sealed Barcelona’s victory in the Super Cup when his 10th minute goal put the Spanish champions 3-0 up on aggregate against Sevilla.
Even Jordi Alba knew as much.
The Barcelona defender on the bench for the second leg and when Sevilla won a penalty in the 33rd minute, Alba didn’t fear a comeback.
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In fact, he was so confident that Barcelona would keep a clean sheet that he turned around and bet Gerard Pique €20 that Claudio Bravo would save the spot-kick.
Footage, captured by TV channel Cuatro, shows the moment Alba turns around to his teammate and offers the bet. Lip-readers claim the left-back was utterly convinced that the Chilean would keep Vicente Iborra’s effort out.
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Which, of course, he did. Bravo guessed correctly, diving to his right to deny Iborra.
Alba and Pique's bet
Bravo's penalty save
No doubt Catalonians will be asking Alba to predict this week’s lottery numbers.
Barcelona got their season off to the perfect start with an assured victory over the Europa League winners, Turan and Lionel Messi completing the rout.
It was Messi’s 29th trophy for Barcelona and came just days after it was confirmed he will continue to play international football after originally announcing his retirement following Argentina’s Copa America final defeat in June.
“Many things went through my head the day of the last final and I seriously thought of leaving, but I love this country and this shirt too much,” the 29-year-old said in a statement.
“I’m grateful to all the people who wanted me to continue playing with Argentina, hopefully we can give them something to cheer about soon.”
Ballon d'Or hunt
So Messi’s summer ends on a high after he endured one of the more forgettable stretches in his career from June to July.
Defeat to Chile in the Copa America final - in which he missed in the penalty shootout - was compounded when Messi was handed a 21-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud.
Those two events, combined with Cristiano Ronaldo’s success with Portugal at Euro 2016, means Messi is unlikely to make it six Ballon d’Or wins at next year’s ceremony unless he does something truly incredibly in the opening months of the 2016-17 season.
Which, let’s face it, isn’t entirely impossible.
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