The expectation of seeing Lionel Messi line up against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final, of watching Barcelona and Real Madrid fight for supremacy in the ultimate ''Clasico,'' has been all but washed away.
Instead of seeing Spain's two biggest teams play for the biggest trophy in club football, it's much more likely that German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will meet for the title on May 25 at Wembley Stadium.
With Messi still nursing a hamstring injury, Barcelona was completely outplayed by Bayern on Tuesday in Munich, losing 4-0. About 24 hours later, Real Madrid was humbled 4-1 by Dortmund, with Ronaldo scoring his team's lone goal as Robert Lewandowski put in all four for his.
That's German clubs 8, Spanish teams 1. And in terms of European football over the last few years, that's a big deal.
''It's the evolution of football,'' said Andres Iniesta, a Barcelona player who teams with Messi and Xavi Hernandez to make up arguably the most feared midfie...