A decision in time sends history down two very different tracks.
In 1998, a Hollywood film starring Gwyneth Paltrow catapulted the term ‘Sliding Doors’ into popular lexicon.
Ten years later, football had its own Sliding Doors moment.
In the summer of 2008, Barcelona – managed by Frank Rijkaard – were a club stalled and set to fall.
A second trophyless season in succession had ended with Barca third in La Liga and suffering ignominy at the Bernabeu.
With Real Madrid confirmed as champions in the days before, Barcelona had to give their arch-rivals a guard of honour on to the pitch before their league meeting.
The embarrassment didn’t stop there. A 4-1 thrashing followed, with the Madrid fans chanting “Laporta please stay!”…