Red Star played defensively only in the final. Outside of that final we were one of the best teams in Europe offensively. Sorry, just had to point that out given that we'll never be given the credit we deserve. There's a reason our players finished 2nd and 3rd in the Ballon d'Or voting that year, second and third to a Frenchman who was probably a little bit favored by L'Equipe.
Also, for your best club football comment; in the truist sense of football creativity, yes, this probably is the fastest, most breathtaking football we've seen. But at the definition of sport, not just football, is also the element of competition, and once you've killed the competition element, the sport has run its course.
Why do I want to watch Juventus, Bayern, Real, Barcelona, Manchester City, and these artificial super clubs just wallop teams the entire season? Your counter-argument will be because those teams come head to head in the Champions League for the greatest clashes ever in history. That's fine if you're content to limit your entire football watching calendar for 1-2 months of the entire year.
Football, pre-Bosman rule and especially pre-Abrahmovich meant something more than just which oligarch or oil company can pay 11 players the most and put them out onto the pitch; there was much more competition involved as well as a larger element of cultural identification with the 11 on the pitch. That's why such incredible stories will never be forgotten, the last of which is possibly Mourinho's FC Porto. And that is why people consider the late 1990's the 'Golden Age of Football.'
Imagine having a Serie A title race between Roma, Lazio, Juventus, Milan, Inter, Napoli and Fiorentina (yes, at the same time) or having 2-3 clubs in Spain every season challenge the big two such as Valenica, Real Sociedad, Villareal, Sevilla, i.e. whoever is playing well that season? Imagine Werder Bremen (yes, that Werder Bremen who are crap) challenging the likes of Bayern and Dortmund once again. That is something much more entertaining, than what we currently have, and this is not even getting into the cultural element, where I believe, outside a few exceptions, club football has become a joke.
I don't disagree with you regarding the dominance of a handful of teams making for less exciting competitions. I was just pointing out the fact that there are other things in club football compensating for the relative lack of competition. I remember well the times when Serie A had exciting title fights with seven teams involved. The best players in the world played in the league. But for all that, the football was less entertaining than what we see now. More defensive, more cynical, more stoppages, less exciting. Ideally, of course we'd have great football AND parity in competition, but that's not going to happen in the foreseeable future.
About the cultural element, I can't agree with that. In some countries, like Italy, football culture has deteriorated. In others, like Germany, it has improved. But overall, club football still has a huge place in Europe and South America.
Anyway, things can change surprisingly quickly, and not only due to the potential of rich owners buying clubs and pumping money into them. Atletico Madrid is a very good example of that. It's not that long ago that they had no prospect to fight for any titles. Hell, they played in the Segunda to start this century. Successful recruiting and coaching allowed them to get some financial assets and now with the new stadium they can be counted as an elite club in Europe. There are many clubs in the major leagues of Europe with large fan bases that could achieve the same thing. And you never know what will happen to current elite clubs with ownership changes etc. Chelsea, Man City, PSG...all of these teams could easily fall down the rank once the money runs out.