With less than 30 days to go until the Euro 2016 fixtures are upon us, excitement around the continent is ramping up. National rivalries are soon to be re-ignited and the great spirit of the game will be unleashed for the world to see. Germany face Poland on Thursday the 16th of June - the same day that England go up against Wales. An amazing day of football is surely guaranteed then. Barcelona will have a fair few players featuring in the tournament, but who from the club has been a standout performer for their country in terms of their rival club counterpart?
Elsewhere in defence, the retired Carlos Puyol was a huge player for Barcelona and his native Spain. The centre-back won 100 international caps, with eight of them coming in the Euros. His Euro journey would have been longer for sure, had he not suffered heartbreak in 2012, missing the Championships through a knee injury. The now agent played in the 2008 final guiding Spain to Euro glory.
The main man likely to line up at the back for Spain this summer is Sergio Ramos. Ramos has made slightly more appearances for Spain than Puyol, with his current tally at 131, 11 of those coming at the Euros. The Real Madrid man also starred in the 2008 final, and the 2012 final. He helped his side sail to the final, in the last tournament, with a cheeky 'Panenka' penalty against Portugal. It is a close call between the two, as Ramos is indeed a talented player, however he often lacks consistency over matches and as such the winner here is Puyol – 2-0.