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The eleven players who have played for both River Plate and FC Barcelona. / FCB PHOTOMONTAGE

With Sunday's Club World Cup Final between FC Barcelona and River Plate set to be the first official match between the two sides — who are separated by the 10,000 kilometer-wide expanse known as the Atlantic Ocean — it's worth taking a closer look at the relationship between the two clubs. Why? Because throughout history there have been eleven players who have played for both teams.

Of the eleven players listed below, Luis Cubilla, Juan Carlos Heredia and Juan Antonio Pizzi all went straight from Barça to River, while Roberto Bonano, Javier Saviola and Maxi Lápez all did the opposite, going directly from River to Barça. Saviola, moreover, is back with the team from Buenos Aires and, as he recently recognised, is about to face "one of the best teams in history."

Here's a look at the full list:

The 11 who have played for both River Plate and Barça
PLAYER NACIONALITY POSITION YEARS AT RIVER PLATE YEARS AT BARÇA OFFICIAL GAMES AND GOALS WITH BARÇA
Florencio Caffaratti Argentina Midfielder 1939-40 1947-49 15 (7)
Miguel Loayza Perú Forward 1966 1959-60 2 (2)
Luis Cubilla Uruguay Forward 1964-68 1962-64 25 (4)
Juan Carlos Heredia Argentina Forward 1980-81 1974-80 108 (29)
Juan Antonio Pizzi Argentina Forward 1998-99 1996-98 74 (19)
Roberto Bonano Argentina Goalkeeper 1996-01 2001-03 75
Javier Saviola Argentina Forward 1998-01 2001-04; 2006-07 177 (74)
Juan Pablo Sorín Argentina Defender 1996-99 2003 15 (1)
Maxi López Argentina Forward 2001-05 2005-06 20 (4)
Alexis Sánchez Chile Forward 2007-08 2011-14 142 (47)
Javier Mascherano Argentina Defender / Midfielder 2000-05 2010- 252

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