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1 Juventus 87
2 AS Roma 70
3 Lazio 69
 By Michael Cox

Champions League battles: Javier Mascherano vs. Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano have a lot of history together.

Barcelona and Juventus haven't played each other for 12 years, which is partly what makes this season's Champions League final so intriguing. In a competition packed full of "repeat" ties, this is a genuinely new tactical battle to get excited about.

Nevertheless, various players on opposing sides have faced one another before, when playing for other clubs, or at international level. It means various individual duels are also fascinating -- here are three of the key battles.

Javier Mascherano...

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Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon says Lionel Messi 'an alien'

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he may never have a better chance to win the UEFA Champions League.
ESPN FC's Martin Ainstein recaps the latest news from the Juventus camp in Turin ahead of the UEFA Champions League final.
Former Juventus captain Gianluca Vialli recalls his 1996 Champions League winning side and discusses Juventus chances this year.
Barcelona players preview the Champions League final against Juventus, while Javier Mascherano praises Luis Enrique for embracing and embodying Barcelona's philosophy.
Barcelona players Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique all praise Lionel Messi for his individual skill and his unparalleled football ability.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said his club will be up against "an alien" when they face Barcelona in the Champions League final on Saturday, part of his high praise for the Argentine striker.

'Messi is an alien that dedicates himself to playing with humans," the Juve captain told The Guardian. "The only hope is that this Saturday he will be from earth, like the rest of us."

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Buffon said that the Barcelona strike force of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez was "the strongest in the world" even...

Buffon and Ter Stegen are the rocks at the heart of Juventus and Barcelona

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reckons Barcelona will have too much for Juventus in the Champions League final.

As Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen clasp hands in Berlin on Sunday for the traditional show of solidarity before a big game, the wonder is whether they will talk about the one piece of common ground between them, beyond the fact they're gracing a stage like the Champions League final.

They're not just at opposite ends of the pitch; they're at opposite ends of their careers, with totally opposing circumstances. It's difficult to think of a contrast between...