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The two European Cup finalists are being touted as the best in the world at the moment and with Barcelona having won the domestic double already it is difficult to deny...

Barcelona are preparing to try and complete a unique treble of trophies when they meet Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome after scooping the Spanish league title and the Copa del Rey this term.

Pep Guardiola's outstanding squad have won plaudits from around the world this season and Goal.com takes a look at each of the players that are in line to play in the European showpiece encounter on Wednesday.


Victor Valdes
The Catalan goalkeeper is underrated with many questioning his concentration as he has made mistakes. But the record-breaking runs that the club have enjoyed with him between the posts shows how good he is and so many Blaugrana coaches would not place their faith in a player that was not one of the best in the league. His saves against Chelsea may have been overshadowed by Andres Iniesta's goal and Didier Drogba's antics, but they saw Barca into the final.

Carles Puyol
The archetypal team captain who leads by example both on an off the pitch. May have had a few inconsistent displays this term, but his leadership skills are second to none as he always rallies his players before matches, and on the pitch. Will be crucial in Rome given the defensive absentees in the Barlecona side and the squad will look to him for inspiration.

Gerard Pique
Returned last summer from Manchester United and may felt that he would spend at least one season learning the ropes at the club that he left in 2004. Instead, Guardiola placed his faith in the central defender when injuries required a change at the back and the young Catalan has risen to the challenge.
His technique and calmness has seen him nicknamed 'Piquenbauer' by the local press and earned him a call-up to the Spain squad, where he scored against Turkey.

Yaya Toure
Outstanding as a defensive midfielder, the Ivory Coast star has been one of the most important players for Barca this term as he has protected the back four superbly. Rarely given the limelight he deserves, Toure could be asked to once again step back and play in defence in Rome and he has already proven that he can do that with few problems. It is that versatility that has made him a favourite with Guardiola and the supporters alike.

Sylvinho
If experience is what is required to help win big games and to cope with the pressure and expectations on a side in a match such as the one in Italy on Wednesday, then the Brazilian could be key. Kept on at the club for his ability to mentor youth team players and new signings alike, as much as to provide defensive cover on the left when the situation arises. At 35-years-old, he will be using his head more than his legs to keep United at bay.

Sergi Busquets
Having played under Guardiola at B team level last term, the midfielder was given a chance to taste life in the top-flight just for experiences sake, but instead the unexpected happened. Busquets, whose father Carles played against Manchester United in the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup Final in Rotterdam, took to the first-team with consummate ease. Earning praise from his opening appearance of the season, Busquets was made a regular in the squad all term.

Xavi
Barcelona may have one of the best forward lines in the world, but the playmaking midfielder is absolutely crucial to everything that they do. Compared to Guardiola for his ability to dictate the pace and rhythm of a game, Xavi, who was voted the best player at the European Championships last summer, has been in fantastic form. Barca's coach was asked recently if he would fit into the modern team and he claimed that he would not because they are better than him.

Andres Iniesta
The front three may have been given all the publicity early on, but the adopted son of Catalunya has at last stepped into the forefront of people's affections and realised the potential that so many felt he had. Equally adept at playing in the midfield alongside Xavi as he is manoeuvring down either wing to test and tease opposition full-backs, Iniesta has become a star at Camp Nou. Unassuming and slightly shy, he has been instrumental in Barca's success this term.

Lionel Messi
However many suitors may line up to try and prise the Argentinian away from Camp Nou, Messi knows he is indebted to the club for helping him grow and mature into the player he has become today. Whether he goes on to become one of the best ever may well be decided by how many major trophies he wins.

Thierry Henry
In his first season at Camp Nou, the Frenchman struggled with an existing back problem along with his failure to adapt from London life and living without his daughter Tea. Now settled in the Catalan capital with a new girlfriend, Barcelona supporters have seen the player that so many felt they were signing when he eventually agreed to leave Arsenal in 2007. Alongside Messi and Eto'o, Henry has helped create one of the best forward lines in the world.

Samuel Eto'o
In recent weeks the Cameroonian striker may have struggled to find the goals as regularly as he would have liked, but his performances this season have been fantastic as he has produced another impressive goals tally in both the domestic league and Europe. After being told last summer that he could leave, Eto'o showed determination to win his place at Barcelona back and impressed Guardiola in pre-season so much that the coach called off the search for a new forward.

Jose Pinto
Has bided his time on the bench and was rewarded with a regular place in Barca's triumphant Copa del Rey team this season. After joining from Celta Vigo, the Andalucian keeper knew he would have to be patient and he has been a model professional.

Martin Caceres
Signed for a huge fee last summer from Villarreal after impressing during a loan spell at Recreativo, the Uruguayan defender has yet to show what he is capable of and that has meant that he has been kept in reserve by Guardiola on many occasions.

Seydou Keita
The unassuming midfielder has been a huge success after joining from Sevilla. While Dani Alves' purchase won the headlines, the Mali international snuck in to Camp Nou without much fanfare and has been a superb squad player when called upon.

Eidur Gudjohnsen
Patience has been the Icelandic legend's byword throughout his time at Barcelona, but that now appears to have run out as he saw his regular chances to impress cut short when the hunt for silverware intensified in the last few weeks.

Aliaksandr Hleb
Has struggled both on and off the pitch to adapt to life in the Catalan capital as Hleb has picked up little Spanish and has been unable to impress when given a chance to play by Guardiola. Could leave this summer, but the coach does still like him.

Bojan Krkic
Another superb youth team product who has risen through the ranks at great speed. After enjoying several appearances last term, Bojan has had to wait this time around as Guardiola has been more sparing of his talents and he could go out on loan next term.

Pedro
The 21-year-old is slightly older than some of the other youth players, but he has shown that with some more first team exposure he could become a very good wide player and has deserved his chances at the highest level this season.

Lucas Brown & Juan Lirman, Goal.com

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