All of that and it comes to this. The game that had everything, on the weekend that had it all, had its ending too. Mestalla, so loud your ears hurt, fell quiet for the first and last time.
Atletico Madrid slumped to their first defeat of the season on a miserable afternoon in Seville with a display that was as torrid as the weather. The 1-0 scoreline, courtesy of a fine goal from Steven N'Zonzi, was more than deserved as Jorge Sampaoli's side dominated from start to finish in the torrential rain.
Vitolo will line up in the white of Sevilla when they host Atletico Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday, but he could just as easily have been taking to the field in the black away shirt of the visitors if things had gone differently this summer.
Real Madrid host Athletic Bilbao in the Bernabeu on Sunday in a match that will truly test the mettle of Zinedine Zidane's Plan B in the absence of injured key players Sergio Ramos, Casemiro and Luka Modric.
A Mundo Deportivo report linking Borussia Dortmund and United States teenager Christian Pulisic with Barcelona has drawn plenty of attention but, while the interests of the Liga giants are understandable and in-keeping the club's policy to sign promising young players, the move does not make as much sense for Pulisic himself.
Between them, they have won the last 16 league titles and 80 of the 85 in Spanish football history. They account for the last 10 Copa del Rey winners and 18 of the last 20 finalists, only Getafe getting in there with them eight long years ago.
Atletico Madrid's hard-fought win over Rostov on the face of it might mean three points, top spot in Group D and an almost certain place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but in reality it is so much more than that.
Atletico Madrid were made to work hard but they broke Rostov's stubborn resistance and secure a deserved 1-0 win to cement their place at the top of Champions League Group D. Yannick Carrasco was once again the star man, threatening the Russian side's defence all night and eventually making the decisive contribution to make it three wins from three in this season's competition.
There was no sign of Lionel Messi's mate. The first time that he met Sergio Agüero, they were still teenagers, brought together in the Netherlands more than a decade ago. Sitting at a table in a dining room, Agüero looked at the kid opposite him, no idea who he was.
Pep Guardiola has insisted that he has not tried to sign Lionel Messi for Manchester City but said that if the Argentinian ever decides to leave the Camp Nou, he will be among those waiting in the queue for him.
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Selecting a term
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