Every twenty years or so Ajax Amsterdam produces a wondrous side which is then rapidly decapitated when the big boys come a-buying so there is the briefest of windows to savour their football.
I’m old enough to recall the 70s side that won the old European Cup three years in succession beating Juventus in one final.
Their academy produced European footballing royalty with the likes of Johan Cruyff, Frank Rijkaard, Marco Van Basten, Edwin van der Sar and Denis Bergkamp and now a new crop takes centre-stage having disposed of Real Madrid.
He is off to Barcelona for €70 million.
It was a marvellously-fluid performance against the canny Juve who, even without Giorgio Chielini, were defensively so well organised.
Juve now need to stop Ajax from scoring in the return tie to qualify.
Ajax did win in the Bernabéu but I feel another away win will be beyond them. So the team will be broken up and we can only hope the Academy conveyor belt produces some more.