Juventus in the early 2000s were nothing short of magnificent, with FIFA cover stars everywhere.
Their run to the Champions League final in 2002/03 was arguably their pinnacle, even though their defeat on penalties to AC Milan in the final isn't exactly remembered fondly.
The Bianconeri met Barca in the quarter finals, and after a 1-1 in Turin, Marcelo Lippi brought his Italian galacticos to the Nou Camp. This is one of the few examples in history where Juve were markedly the superior side, with Barcelona in something of a transitional phase, under manager Radomir Antic. That being said, when has it ever been easy to win at the Nou Camp?
Pavel Nedved was the true star of the show, and indeed the whole season, for Juve. He scored the opener early in the second half, with a graceful cut in and finish past Roberto Bonano, before fellow future legend Xavi (playing on the right flank of all places) equalised for Barca.
Dreadlocked midfield pitbull Edgar Davids was as impassioned as ever, but he received his marching orders, after spending nearly 80 minutes being Edgar Davids in a competitive match.
Remarkably, Juve not only took the game to extra time, but found a way to win at the Camp Nou, as the lesser spotted Marcelo Zalayeta got on the end of a cross from fellow sub Alessandro Birindelli, to give the Bianconeri the victory.
Another classic would follow for Juve, as they overcame Real Madrid in the semis, with Nedved imperious once again, before tragically picking up a yellow card that would force him to miss the final. The Czech maestro would win the Ballon d'Or at the end of 2003, but he was greatly missed in the final against Milan, and many Juve fans wonder, to this day, what might have been.