The Best 10 Champions League Final Goals
Thu, Sep 23.21
There's been some ridiculous goals in the UEFA Champions League. So many good ones that it's hard to narrow down to the best ten ever - but we think we've done it.
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10. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vs Bayern Munich 1999
Whilst not the most beautiful goal ever, Solskjaer’s winner in the 1999 Champions League final was one of the most iconic. Bayern Munich looked like they were heading for their first European Cup since 1976. A stoppage-time equaliser from Teddy Sheringham gave united hope and then Solskjaers winner in the 93rd minute completed an injury time miracle.
9. Hernan Crespo vs Liverpool 2005
In one of the best champions league finals of all time, the third goal was produced by one of the greatest assists of all time. Kaka in his special edition Predator Pulses played a defence splitting pass which took out three Liverpool defenders in one move. Hernan Crespo got on the end of the ball and dinked it over Dudek, putting AC Milan 3-0 up.
8. Lionel Messi vs Manchester United 2011
It was 1-1 in the Champions League final in 2011 after Wayne Rooney scored a beauty to equalise. In search of a winner, Iniesta played the ball square to Lionel Messi who drove forward, getting to the edge of the box before firing it into the bottom corner in the iconic 2011 adidas f50.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo v Chelsea 2008
In his first Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo rose to the occasion, heading home to give Manchester United the lead in 2008 against Chelsea. The ball came in from the right from Wes Brown and Ronaldo rose above Michael Essien to nod home. He missed a penalty in the shootout, but he still ended the night with a winners' medal.
6. Steven Gerrard vs AC Milan 2005
Liverpool were down and out in the 2005 Champions League final, 3-0 down at halftime. John Arne Rise whipped a ball into the box, finding captain Steven Gerrard who looped a header over Dida into the top corner. The goal was the catalyst for one of the greatest comebacks in football.
5. Didier Drogba vs Bayern Munich 2012
Thomas Muller had seemingly scored the winner in 83rd minute of the 2012 Champions League final. Chelsea had one last chance to send the game into extra-time and up stepped Didier Drogba meeting Juan Mata’s corner and heading home to keep Chelsea alive. Drogba went on to score the decisive penalty in the shootout, winning Chelsea their first-ever Champions League trophy.
4. Mario Manduzkic vs Real Madrid 2017
The 2017 Champions League final didn’t go Juventus’ way but they undoubtedly scored the best goal of the match. Alex Sandro volleyed a ball into the box which Gonzalo Higuain played into Mario Mandukic who took one touch with his chest before putting it top bins with a bicycle kick.
3. David Villa vs Manchester United 2011
After Messi had put Barcelona 2-1 up, it was David Villas turn to get in on the action. Another brilliant run from Messi, completely taking Nani & Evra out of the game before united recovered and the ball ended up with David Villa on the edge of the box. Villa put his foot on the ball, stopping it dead before curling in a stunner to seal the win.
2. Zinedine Zidane v Bayer Leverkusen 2002
In the 2002 Champions League final, it took something special to separate the two sides. Roberto Carlos looped a seemingly harmless ball into the box which was met with a Zinedine Zidane thunderbolt, volleying one into the top corner. The goal proved to be the winner as Real Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.
1. Gareth Bale vs Liverpool 2018
In 2018 Real Madrid was one win away from the champions league final wins in a row. Marcelo had the ball out on the left, shaping to cross, switching on to his right and floated a ball into the box. The ball was met with a stunning bicycle kick which just dipped under the bar, giving Real Madrid the lead. Gareth Bale went on to score again leading Real Madrid to a 3-1 win.