Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is a living legend with a soft spot for West Ham
They may be shorn of star midfielder Paul Pogba by then but Juve are bolstered by the £75 million signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli and boast almost the entire Italian national team's defence at the back.
Passion: Buffon has always admired Hammers fans
That includes Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon, one of the best goalkeepers of all time, and an avid West Ham fan.
In his book Buffon said that the Hammers were one of five teams he would love to play for.
“West Ham: Because of the supporters: I knew the West Ham supporters during my time as a supporter (Ultra)," Buffon wrote in his book when discussing his favourite teams.
West Ham fans under the Champions statue before the last match at their beloved Boleyn Ground
"Those guys (West Ham supporters) follow the Hammers with an extraordinary energy. And because of the logo (club crest): Two crossed hammers. Almost communist, if I think about it.”
Packed Olympic Stadium proves Buffon right
Buffon will see first hand just how passionate the Hammers fans are when a sell-out crowd greets him at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
West Ham's new Olympic Stadium home
Indeed West Ham are now officially the second-best supported club in England behind only Manchester United after selling out 52,000 season tickets.
Buffon is one of those rare players who is seemingly loved by football fans the world over.
A true gentleman, as well as a living legend, Hammers fans will take great pride in his comments about them and are sure to give him a warm reception when he comes to London this weekend.