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Kingsley Coman’s second-half goal gave the German champions their sixth title in European soccer’s biggest club competition.

Kingsley Coman with the trophy that his goal helped to deliver. Kingsley Coman with the trophy that his goal helped to deliver.Credit…Jose Sena Goulao/EPA, via Shutterstock Rory Smith

  • Aug. 23, 2020Updated 7:39 p.m. ET

In that moment of elation, the cameras hunted for despair. They found it in the slight, forlorn shape of Neymar, sitting on Paris St.-Germain’s bench, a perfect picture of heartbreak. Neymar, with tears in his eyes. Neymar, staring into the middle distance. Neymar, with his head in his hands.

Here, in tight focus, was the shot, the story. No player fits so neatly as an avatar for their team as Neymar. He is the most expensive player in the world, and his club is the richest project soccer has ever seen. His career has been shaped by money, and the club’s ambitions are fueled by it. He is the star concerned only with his own light. He is the princeling who yearned to be king. He is the modern P.S.G. made flesh.

His quest is his club’s quest: to win hearts and minds, to prove their greatness and their worth and, in doing so, to gain recognition and acceptance. Both see the Champions League as the only stage on which that can be achieved. Both had failed at the last step…

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