Neymar, who enjoyed a successful season despite Barca's problems on the field this year, was actually named in the Champions League's most talked about XI ahead of the final.
Juventus knocked out Porto, Barcelona and Monaco to set-up Saturday's final against a Real Madrid side attempting to retain the Champions League crown. Every time we've had the chance to fight for a trophy, we've done that. He made mistakes during the season that gave critics reason to question him, but proved his worth in the decisive stages of both the Spanish league and the Champions League, making hard saves at key moments to keep Madrid in contention for both titles. But Ronaldo even has experience with that.
"The final is won by scoring goals. If it preserves the pitch and the show, that's fine", the 39-year-old said.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will be an influential figure in Sunday's Champions League final. He isn't the most technically gifted player but his performance is fundamental.
"I've known the coach for many years".
"I think if you are looking at him coming off the bench, if you are a Juventus defender and you have played really well for 60 minutes and then you see Gareth Bale coming on, what would you be thinking?"
Ronaldo, however, is unlikely to find much freedom against Juventus, a team with one of the best defenses in soccer. And while Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that they are far from friends, he did insist that over the years, they've developed a "cordial" and pleasant relationship.
The Spaniard's distribution lays the platform for Real Madrid's star-studded attack and the 32 year-old regularly chips in with the match-winning goal.
Real Madrid have kept only one clean sheet in 12 Champions League games this season.
"I expect an open game on both sides", he said.
"People think I'm a striker".
Renowned for their defensive discipline, Juventus has one of the strongest rearguards in Europe thanks to Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, and Giorgio Chiellini's flexibility and positioning.
Madrid will be facing a sturdy defence supported by a formidable attacking unit led by Paulo Dybala.
"This is a complicated club to have success in and we know many coaches have come and gone with our team". "It was not just the gift of pure talent". "It's the first time I have celebrated like that. It was the gift of pure talent combined with the will to conquer the world".
"This is my moral imperative for this game and I hope I can manage to do that because our team is very compact and based on collaboration". Dybala joined Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic in a trio sitting just behind Gonzalo Higuain, while Miralem Pjanic has been behind them alongside Sami Khedira.
A sixth consecutive Serie A title has already been won. His previous finals ended in losses to Barcelona in 2015 and to AC Milan in 2003.
"Perhaps we not strongly motivated", Allegri said. "Juventus have improved a lot".
Juventus have lost their past four Champions League finals and six in total - more than any other club. I like to play with more freedom; when we play 4-4-2 I like it more.