By Chris Harris

So which stellar name did you expect to steal the show in Paris? Thierry Henry? Ronaldinho? Samuel Eto'o? Deco perhaps?

In the end, it was a 34-year-old substitute winding down his career before returning to his native Scandinavia who made the difference. Henrik Larsson, take a bow.

The Swede replaced Mark van Bommel on the hour mark and, within 20 minutes, had set up goals for Eto'o and Juliano Belletti to turn the Champions League Final on its head.

It was Larsson's last contribution before leaving Barcelona for his hometown club Helsingborgs this summer. Henry, regarded as a more likely matchwinner, was quick to pay tribute to the man who finally carved open Arsenal.

"You have to remember that Barcelona is a team," he said. "It's not Eto'o, it's not Ronaldinho. On Wednesday, the man who made the difference was Henrik Larsson.

"You have to give him credit for that because when he came on he made some amazing runs around the box and he showed he is a team player.

"You saw two times he fed the ball back to people and that's what I always talk about, he is a team player. He did that against us, even though the first goal was a close offside decision."

Larsson was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) last summer for his services to Scottish football and, specifically, Celtic. To Arsenal's cost, he's now a hero in Catalonia too.

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Chris Harris 21 May 2006