Juventus look to complete an historic treble on the very ground -- Berlin's Olympiastadion -- upon which Italy won the 2006 World Cup as they take on Barcelona in Saturday's Champions league Final on FOX at 2 p.m. ET. Barcelona will not be pushovers as they look to repeat as treble winners behind the highest-powered offense in the game. Here are the key players you need to know.
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Andrea Pirlo, Juventus (MF)
The ageless midfield maestro pulls the Old Lady’s strings, and is looking to add a third European Cup to his trophy cabinet, and his first with Juve. The deep-lying playmaker is also one of the game’s best dead-ball specialists, and he hopes to leave Turin on a high note: he has been widely linked with a move to MLS’s NYCFC this summer.
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Arturo Vidal, Juventus (MF)
The hard-nosed Chilean made his name at Colo Colo and Bayer Leverkusen, but burst onto the world stage with two man-of-the-match games against Real Madrid in this year’s semifinals. Widely coveted by Premier League teams, this box-to-box midfielder is likely to be a key to Juve’s success on Saturday.
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Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus (GK)
One of the greatest goalkeepers ever to grace the game, Buffon is hoping to collect the one trophy that has so far eluded him this Saturday. In the twilight of his career at 37, Buffon is no longer the brilliant athlete of his youth – but he remains a master tactician and is the key to Juve’s stout defense.
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Luis Suarez, Barcelona (ST)
The controversial Uruguayan has been at the heart of one of the most potent attacks in soccer this season, with three Barcelona players combining for an astonishing 120 goals across all competitions. Suarez is responsible for 25 of them in the major competitions, but he has also been an invaluable provider for Messi and Neymar with 20 assists despite having his season shortened by suspension.
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Lionel Messi, Barcelona (F)
The inarguable number one player in the world game, Messi brings in an astonishing goal haul – 60 across all play including ten in the Champions League – into this game. Containing him, as Athletic Bilbao found out on the weekend, is nearly impossible and it will be interesting to see how Juventus choose to mark him. Messi tends to draw multiple defenders, but in doing so, he frees up space for his strike partners up top, and you can’t double-team them all …
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Neymar, Barcelona (F)
The Brazilian starlet brings creativity, accuracy and a bit of bite to Barca’s attack, able to draw fouls as easily as he can score goals. And he scores a lot of them: 42 this year to be exact. He’s almost as difficult to stop as Messi, the one difference between the two being his versatility: while he is the engine of the Brazilian national team, he is second fiddle to Messi, and less able to create from open play. He’s still part of the best Barca offense ever assembled.