The greatest Barcelona team of all-time? UWCL finalists can match Messi-era men’s history-makers

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When Barcelona's women's team walk out at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven on June 3, they'll be making a fourth appearance in a Champions League final in just five years. It’s a rate that the men’s team couldn’t even produce during the golden era between 2006 and 2015, when they were European champions four times.

Win the game, to be played against German giants Wolfsburg, and it’ll represent a second title in three years - matching the achievements of Pep Guardiola, Lionel Messi and co. from 2009-11. It'll put them in the conversation as the greatest Barca team of all-time.

Despite missing two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas for most of it, this season has been another insane one for the Catalans’ women’s team. But for defeat on the final weekend to Madrid CFF, it would’ve been another invincible one.

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Still, their record in Liga F this term remains sensational - with 28 wins out of 30 games and 118 goals scored along the way, with just 10 conceded. It’s form that has continued in Europe, too, where they’ve also only failed to win twice. One more victory is all they need now to cap it off in style.

The last time Barca won two European titles in three years, Messi was the star, though he had a sensational supporting cast, too. Be it the dreamy midfield trio of Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta or the attackers either side of the Argentine, Pedro and David Villa, the team that beat Manchester United in the 2011 final is a memorable one.

So, who have been the pivotal performers for a Barca Femeni side on the brink of equalling their accomplishment? Partnered with Heineken's Fresher Football, GOAL takes a look...