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A quirky threesome would be next in terms of drawing the crowds. The recommendation in my fictional exhibit? The visitors were much fancied.
But Rexach must have been confident. At times around the turn of the century he was impossible to play against, and never more so than here.
The quality of the goals was outstanding, but the context made his performance legendary. Barcelona, clad in their traditional blue and red shirts, got off to the perfect start, the Brazilian maestro giving them the lead from a free-kick after just four minutes.
As his teammates frantically leapt on his back and slapped him around the face, Rivaldo maintained an air of calm, almost grimacing as he made his way back to the centre circle. The talisman knew that there was work still to be done.
With a minute to go until half-time, the Brazilian took a throw-in deep inside the Valencia half, on the right-hand side of the pitch. As the ball went backwards and he ambled towards the centre circle, Rivaldo looked as if he had his mind on nothing more than an orange or two at the break.
After controlling with his weaker right, he double-feinted to avoid the backtracking Valencia midfield before striking an unstoppable drive into the bottom left-hand corner, knocking himself off his feet in the process.
His defenders were just as befuddled. It took a quick kiss of the badge to remind us that this was a team effort. A couple of free-kicks were smashed into what was now looking like a solid blue wall.
Catalonian hopes were diminishing by the minute. Little did we know it, but the Brazilian had one last glorious trick up his sleeve. We all know what happened next of course: Bergkamp needed only three sumptuous touches to take the ball down, bamboozle a young Roberto Ayala and scored past Carlos Roa in the Argentina goal.
Three years on, Ayala had to deal with a completely different kind of de Boer teaser. The Dutchman dinked the ball forward to the edge of the yard box, an area Rivaldo was just leaving, his back to the Valencia goal with two defenders close behind.
The Brazilian arced his body slightly, the ball thumping off his chest and going skywards. The Valencia defenders realised, a second too late, that this was a man who thrived off space and required it to explode into life.
The ball dropped and, still facing his own goalkeeper, Rivaldo launched himself acrobatically in the air, hanging almost upside down before his fabled left peg connected sweetly, as he had always meant it to. Cue sheer pandemonium. Rivaldo, the saviour, had put in one of the all-time great performances, scoring three magical goals to save a famous club about to suffer one of the most embarrassing moments in its recent history.
Of course, he would go on to tarnish that image in Korea and Japan — in English eyes at least — but there are some who still remember.