Written by Neil Jensen Porduced by Tifo Studios

When CONMEBOL agreed to move the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final, South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, to Madrid, they not only solved an immediate logistical problem, they also have opened a door that could prove difficult to close.

By taking the final, a high-octane fixture between Buenos Aires’ rivals, River Plate and Boca Juniors, to one of the capitals of European football, they were also raising the profile of the competition.

The game, which had been repeatedly postponed because of civil disturbance, probably benefitted from the negative publicity, even if Argentinian football was tainted by its inability to stage what many people were calling “the final to end all finals”.

There’s no doubt the Copa Libertadores has the potential to become a global event that could enhance the image of South American club football and deliver multiple commercial and sporting opportunities.

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