Iwas living in Madrid when Real beat Juventus to win their seventh Champions’ League in 1998 after a 32-year drought. When the match ended, a Madrid friend picked up his phone and dialled the Barcelona prefix, followed by a random number. “Hello?” some stranger in Barcelona answered. “Fuck you!” shouted my friend. “We won!”
There was always hostility between Madrid and Barcelona but, if not necessarily good-humoured, it was...
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