Barca's current best XI vs 2018 World Cup combined XI: line-ups compared
Who would win in a such game, if they played it today?
Barcelona's current best XI
2018 World Cup combined XI
Who's stronger: none
Why: the backlines are very evenly-matched with neither side having a clear advantage in any position in the defensive third over the other.
Marcelo and Sergio Ramos may have won the Champions League but in domestic fixtures their form has been far from convincing in a number of games. David De Gea has had another brilliant season with Man United but the same words could be said about Marco ter Stegen who is one of the main architects of Barca's impressive record for goals conceded. Joshua Kimich has enjoyed a splendid season at Bayern, but when fit, Nelson Semedo offered the same level of completeness at right back as his German counterpart.
Who's stronger: World Cup XI
Why: Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva's exceptional chemistry, as well as their superb form in the Premier League, give the World Cup combined XI extra edge.
Man City's duo worked like a streamlined engine as Pep Guardiola's team wrapped up the Premier League title virtually as early as in autumn, with Pep later labelling KDB the best PL player of the season. At Barca, in turn, Philippe Coutinho, who is gathering momentum both at club and international level, is yet to realise his full potential plus gain the necessary consistency. With all due respect to Paulinho and Ivan Rakitic, it is hard to see them 'bench' any of the World Cup XI's central midfielders in a probable symbolic team.
Who's stronger: none
Why: given that Leo Messi is a cut above now everyone else including Neymar, who is yet to return to full fitness after being out of action for a long time with injury, it, to some extent, compensates for the World Cup XI's arguably stronger duo in Mo Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo, compared to that of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.
As of now, Ousmane Dembele is the weakest attacker, considering other forwards in both teams' line-ups. Although Salah has had a more brilliant season with Liverpool than Luis Suarez has with Barcelona, it is hard to say whether the Egyptian has fully recovered from his injury that he picked up in the Champions League final. Plus, let's assume that we treat this imaginable super game as a major final, and therefore it would be appropriate to remind you that Suarez has scored in every final he has played for Barca so far.