Two sides that need no introduction, Barcelona and Manchester United will clash for their second Champions League final showdown in three years. The Spanish champions won the day in 2009.
takes a look at the key men in a battle of some of the world’s best attacking players (which will almost certainly guarantee a dull game ...)
These comparisons are not based on individual battles or opposite numbers, more what each player brings to the table for their respective clubs.
This clash will be more than just Rooney and Messi. But, for argument’s sake, let’s start the run-down with Rooney and Messi ...
Wayne Rooney v Lionel Messi
Rooney has hit some of the best for of his career at just the right time. Different to his opposite number 10, Rooney is strong and powerful, but with a football mind to match Messi. His link-up play with strike partner Hernandez could be key to the outcome of the final.
A classic number 10, Messi has revelled in the ‘false 9’ position afforded him by Barca coach Pep Guardiola, scoring more than 50 goals this season. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will surely not allow Messi the space he lapped up behind Carrick and Anderson in 2009.Javier Hernandez v David Villa
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