Where are they today? Heroes of Juventus’ recent victory over...

Tonight (Wednesday, 22:00) will be one of the most intriguing games in recent years in the home leg of the Champions League between Juventus and Barcelona, ​​which was also supposed to be Leo Messi’s first encounter against Cristiano Ronaldo in the home leg, but for that we will have to wait one more round, because That the Portuguese star is still positive for Corona.

The two European empires have met 14 times in history, and the balance is perfectly equal – Barcelona and Juventus have beaten each other five times and split four draws – now they have the opportunity to embark on a new path after a streak of disappointing league results. In honor of the game in Turin, we decided to go back in time and check where all the players who participated in the old lady’s last victory over the Catalans, about three and a half years ago, are today. So Juventus scored a crushing 0: 3 in the Champions League quarter-final with a clutch by Paolo Dybala and another conquest by Giorgio Chiellini.

Juventus

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
Number of group appearances: 672
Current team: Juventus
In the summer of 2018 the legendary goalkeeper surprisingly decided to leave the old lady after 17 years at Paris Saint-Germain with the aim of winning the Champions League for the first time in his life. After a season in the French capital in which he moved between the squad and the bench and was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Manchester United, Buffon returned for a retirement season at Juventus and following the Corona decided to extend his contract.

Right defender: Danny Alves
Number of group appearances: 33
Current group: Sao Paulo
Less than a year after his release from Barcelona, ​​the right-back was given a chance to avenge it with a relegation in the Champions League. However, his tenure at Juventus lasted only one season, due to severe disappointment from the loss in the final to Real Madrid. Since then he has won two championships with PSG and returned to Brazil.

Dani Alves. Returned to the homeland | NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Image

Brake: Giorgio Chiellini
Number of performances in the group: 513
Current team: Juventus
The only player to have won all nine of Juventus’ consecutive championships has left nowhere. But in the last two seasons he has rarely played due to injury and is mostly busy writing books.

Brake: Leonardo Bonucci
Number of group appearances: 412
Current team: Juventus
In the summer of 2017 Bonucci was in charge of one of the most controversial transfers of the last decade, when he chose to sign for AC Milan’s ambitious project. At the end of a particularly disappointing year professionally, the new Chinese owner led the Rossoneri to bankruptcy and the brake returned with the tail between the legs and Juventus.

Left back: Alex Sandro
Number of group appearances: 198
Current team: Juventus
Not much has changed since then for the Brazilian. The left defender continues to maintain the team’s shirt regularly to this day and is considered by many to be one of the best in the world in his position.

Contact: Sammy Penetration
Number of group appearances: 145
Current team: Juventus
Still in the group, but is on a standard stand for quite some time. In the last year of Massimiliano Allegri was pushed to the edge of the rotation, with Mauricio Sari he played even less and also this season with Pirlo has not yet had a chance.

Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini | VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images

Contact: Miralem Pjanic
Number of group appearances: 178
Current team: Barcelona
The Bosnian arrived from Rome that season and managed to become Juventus’ most important link player. After a mutual exhaustion and an unfulfilled dream of Pjanic to play for Barcelona, ​​he left for the Catalan capital in a trade for Arthur and tonight he will meet the ex for the first time.

Offensive contact: Paolo Dybala
Number of performances in the group: 230
Current team: Juventus
Even as he approaches the age of 27, there is still no consensus about his natural position on the pitch. Sometimes he plays on the wing, other times he becomes a second striker or he plays alone on the edge. Against Barcelona he gave the performance that brought him into consciousness when he served as a free agent and finished the game as an outstanding with an unforgettable duo.

Right wing: Juan Cuadrado
Number of group appearances: 131
Current team: Juventus
Even before he was moved to the right-back position, the Colombian, who still belonged to Chelsea, managed to take a permanent place in the wing position. Sari, who wanted Quadrado in the squad, was responsible for the change in function, but was also unwilling to give up on Paolo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain.

Left wing: Mario Mendzukic
Number of group appearances: 162
Current team: Free agent
The transfer of the giant Croatian to the wing position, was revealed as Allegri’s biggest tactical flash that season. Although the amount of conquests decreased, Mendzukic added toughness and defense that helped the pressure game and in the final against Real Madrid he was responsible for one of the most beautiful goals in the history of the factory. With the arrival of Sari, the striker stopped playing, was sent to Qatari non-Duhail, from which he was released last summer and despite hearing a culture since has not yet signed with a new team.

Forward: Gonzalo Higuain
Number of group appearances: 149
Current team: Inter Miami
After a record season in Naples, he was acquired by Juventus for a record amount of 90 million euros and although quite a few raised an eyebrow, provided an excellent debut season of 24 goals in the league and five more in the Champions League. Then the numbers went down, he was loaned to AC Milan and Chelsea, got one last chance under Sari and in the summer left for the MLS.

Higuain and Dybala
Higuain and Dybala. Only one remains | Gettyimages

Get off the bench:
Mario Lamina (Fulham), Thomas Rincon (Turin), Andrea Barzali (Retired)

Barcelona

Coach: Luis Enrique
Goalkeeper: Mark-Andre Ter Stegen
Number of group appearances: 236
Current team: Barcelona
In his third season at Barcelona, ​​the German finally got his first goalkeeper jersey in the league as well after Claudio Bravo was sold to Manchester City. Since then he has become the second most important player on the team and one of the best goalkeepers in the world – but still remains the replacement goalkeeper on his team.

Messi and Luis Enrique. There is no clear worldview like Diego Simeone has
Luis Enrique and Leo Messi | Photo: Gettyimages

Right-back: Sergei Roberto
Number of group appearances: 289
Current team: Barcelona
The 1: 6 hero over Paris Saint-Germain, opened his 11th season in the Barcelona seniors, although no one is yet sure if he should play as a defender or midfielder and in total responsible for ten goals in all competitions.

Brake: Gerard Pique
Number of group appearances: 549
Current team: Barcelona
Long time no see and usually marked as a scapegoat when Barcelona lose, and still Pique continues to maintain his place in the squad, recently managed to rise to sixth place in the club’s all-time appearances table and even extended his contract until 2024 this week.

Brake: Samuel Omititi
Number of group appearances: 549
Current team: Barcelona
Like almost every Frenchman who came to Russia, the injured brakeman has experienced a significant setback in ability since the tricolor won the 2018 World Cup.

Left back: Jeremy Mathieu
Number of performances in the group: 91
Current group: Retired
This is not a mistake, even at such a critical stage of the season Mathieu started in the left-back position in his last season on the team and to understand how serious the situation was, he was the only one to be replaced. He left Spain in the summer of 2017 for Sporting Lisbon and three years later, the Frenchman hung up his shoes.

Jeremy Mathieu
Jeremy Mathieu. He was there too | Photo: Gettyimages

Back contact: Javier Mascherano
Number of group appearances: 334
Current group: Estudiantes
In Barcelona, ​​he moved to the brake position a long time ago, but it was precisely against Juventus that he emerged as a back-up midfielder and Luis Enrique’s attempt to confuse Allegri, the attempt was unsuccessful. In 2018 he left for China’s China and about a year ago decided to return to Argentina after 14 and a half years for a team coached by another ex of Barcelona, ​​Gabriel Milito.

Contact: Andres Iniesta
Number of group appearances: 674
Current group: Whistle Cuba
One of the best connections of all time and part of the golden age of Barcelona and the Spanish national team in the previous decade, he parted ways with his youth team after 22 years to end his career in Japan and since then Barça is no longer the same team.

Contact: Ivan Rakitić
Number of group appearances: 310
Current group: Sevilla
For those who do not remember, two years earlier in the Champions League final of 2015, Rakitić was the one who scored the first goal against Juventus and also in the home stage in 2017, found the net against the old lady, but that evening nothing really worked for the Croatian midfielder. Last summer, he was one of those players who paid the price out of a desire to rejuvenate the squad and returned to Sevilla for a ridiculous amount – 1.5 million euros.

Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano
Iniesta and Mascherano. Barcelona is missed | David Ramos/Getty Images

Right wing: Leo Messi
Number of group appearances: 737
Current team: Barcelona
Since 2009 the captain has not missed a single game in the quarter-finals, but at this point has only scored against Manchester United in the last seven seasons. Against Juventus, he was as usual a standout in the ranks of Barcelona, ​​but the four kicks and three key dedications were not translated into goal or cooking.

Left wing: Neymar
Number of group appearances: 186
Current group: Paris Saint-Germain
About four months before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain and 34 days after excelling 1-6 against the French with a double and two assists, the most valuable player in history failed to face Juventus’ iron defense and came off the pitch in tears, with his picture hugged by Danny Alves Still remembered. In the local arena, too, he was disappointed with the loss of the championship title to Real Madrid. And as is well known, at the end of the season he moved to a new destination for a record sum of 222 million euros.

Forward: Luis Suarez
Number of group appearances: 283
Current team: Atletico Madrid
Although he is in third place in Barcelona’s all-time conquerors table, Suarez is still in an unprecedented fortress of over five years without a foreign goal in the Champions League, so he was also of no use against the Italian champions. This summer, after a relentless rumor mill, coach Ronald Koeman informed the striker that he was not in the plans in a phone call, and the striker found a warm home at Diego Simeone’s club.

Rose from the bench: Andre Gomes (Everton)

Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Messi Neymar and Suarez. there were days | Denis Doyle/Getty Images

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