Heading into the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the appeal and hype for the contest was mostly regarding whether or not Brazilian superstar Neymar would make his first start for the Blaugrana.
He didn’t. Instead, the man who Neymar replaced at Barca ironically stole the spotlight early on — David Villa. It took Villa less than 12 minutes to exact a measure of revenge on the club that sold him for a paltry fee of $6.7M — compare that to the $53.5M fee Barcelona paid Valencia to get him just three years ago, and that figure is almost criminal — with this stunning volley:
Think Barcelona fans felt a little bitter about letting Villa go?
Neymar did get on as a second-half substitute, and promptly equalized with his first official goal for the club:
Despite the 1-1 draw in the first leg, both clubs will feel like winners, at least in the summer transfer window.