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.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL (JUNE 6, 2:45 ET / 6:45 GMT)
- Marcotti: Juve and Barca offer a final to savour
- Moreno: Barcelona have the edge over Juventus
- Hunter: Ter Stegen was Barcelona's real hero
- Horncastle: Berlin final was destiny for Juventus
- Corrigan: Juve overcome shaky start, go through
- Delaney: Neymar's first-half goals doom Bayern
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."
Buffon said that the Barcelona strike force of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez was "the strongest in the world" even...
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...