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UEFA Champions League Group G: Barcelona - Juventus Player Ratings

Juventus traveled to Barcelona to take on the Lionel Messi-led Blaugrana in what possibly could be the final matchup of two of the greatest footballers to ever play the sport. The Cristiano Ronaldo-led Bianconeri defeated the home club handily serving a 3-0 win for the Turin side to win the top spot in Group G. The victory also marked the first defeat for Barcelona in 38 games at Camp Nou in UEFA Champions League play, the last loss was in May of 2013. A strong accomplishment for a young Juventus club


Notice: All ratings are calculated through a stringent process utilizing statistics and the eye test called My Opinion and are most certainly incorrect.


Starters


Gianluigi Buffon - 8

A living legend. The Bianconeri had two GOATs on the pitch for the match against Barcelona and The G(K)OAT himself showed early in the first half exactly why he is regarded by many as the greatest goalkeeper of all time. Multiple deflections tallying in three saves in the first half and two in saves from in the box in the first half alone. At the 65’ Buffon had another one of those miracle saves that longtime Juventus and Azzurri fans know and love him for. The Italian legend was a brick wall that refused to allow any of Lionel Messi’s shots past his reach. Buffon accounted for seven saves, two saves from inside the box, five accurate long balls, and thirty-four touches. Not bad for the Old Lady’s old man.


Leonardo Bonucci - 6

Not the strongest performance for the Juventus captain, but the defense held and anytime a Juventus defense turns in a clean sheet is a day to be celebrated. Bonucci had what appeared to be the fourth Juventus goal of the match at the 74’ called back after VAR determined the Italian captain to be offside for Ronaldo’s pass. Bonucci accounted for two clearances, one tackle, one ground duel won, one aerial duel won, and three accurate long balls.


Matthijs De Ligt - 7

After somewhat of a down performance against Torino, the Dutch defender returned to form as the human wall Juventus fans know and adore. De Ligt was clutch on multiple blocked shots from Lionel Messi that otherwise had a high percentage of finding the back of the net. Very few defenders have the combined awareness and physical abi