Iniesta and Totti, captains / FCB

The 50th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy will also be the first meeting at the Camp Nou of two of the most emblematic players in the world game. Andrés Iniesta and Francesco Totti are both widely admired not just for their footballing ability, but also for their leadership skills, their exemplary behaviour and their loyalty to their respective clubs, to which they have dedicated their entire professional careers.

At the age of 31 and following the departure of Xavi Hernández, Iniesta is now the first choice captain at Barça. Thirteen years have gone by since he made his debut, and that was after several years before that in the club academy. He is currently tied with Migueli as the player with the third highest all-time number of appearances for the club, 549.

Few players exemplify the Barça style as much as Iniesta, a man who reads the game to perfection and puts the team before any individual targets. He’s won everything at the club, including no fewer than four Champions League titles.

Totti back at the Camp Nou

In days when loyalty to a single club is a rarity, Francesco Totti, known to the fans as ‘Il Capitano’, is a notable exception. He joined the club’s youth system way back in 1989, and made his first team debut four years later when he was just 17 years of age. More than two decades later, the 39-year-old has gone on to wear the famous jersey more than 500 times. A man of huge charisma, his finest hour was winning the Italian league title with the club in 2000/01.

Andrés Iniesta and Francesco Totti have met several times playing for Spain and Italy, but this week sees them face each other for the first time ever at club level. This, however, is not the first time that Totti has appeared at the Camp Nou. He was here in the group stage of the Champions League of 2001/02, playing 81 minutes of a game that ended 1-1.