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10 Greatest Champions League Final Goals


This weekend, two of the world's footballing giants will do battle for the 2015 Champions League Final.

So to celebrate the fact Barcelona and Juventus will meet in Berlin on Saturday night (ITV from 7pm) we've picked the very finest net-bulgers from the biggest event in club football.

Let’s hope the big night serves up some goals half as special as these:


Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid vs Bayern Leverkusen, 2002

Let’s just get it out of the way, shall we? Because, frankly, this gravity-defying Zinedine Zidane pivot and volley, repaying every penny he cost with one majestic swivel of the hips before sending the ball into the top of the Bayern Leverkusen net, is very unlikely to be bettered in any final. Ever.


David Villa – Barcelona vs Manchester United, 2011

‘Can we call it a draw?’ – the consensus for Manchester United fans when, for a second European final in a row, FC Barcelona tika-taka’d Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to death, plunging the final dagger into the corpse with this exquisite punt from David Villa, making it 3-1 to the Catalonians. Little back-lift, lots of zip, he made it look effortless.


Steve McManaman - Real Madrid vs Valencia, 2000

Over recent years England fans have witnessed many of its big name footballers turn out for Real Madrid - David Beckham, Michael Owen, Jonathan Woodgate (yes, he counts) – but none of these men are held with such high regard to Los Blancos fans than floppy haired winger Steve McManaman is. Much of the reverence stems from 2000’s 3-0 Champions League victory against Valencia, where Macca put in a man of the match performance, scoring the second with this magnificent upright karate kick volley. Chuck Norris would be proud.


Dejan Savicevic – Milan vs Barcelona, 1994

Oh how times have changed for Milan and Barcelona, respectively. In 1994, AC doled out a pummelling of the highest order to their Spanish counterparts, with Dejan Savicevic’s audacious lob providing the icing on the noticeably delicious cake. Launched from nearer the touchline than the penalty spot, it was hit with the assurance of a man who just knew his team were going to win.


Diego Milito - Inter Milan vs Bayern Munich, 2010

Sounds a bit like Mojito, scored a couple of beauties against Bayern Munich to win Inter Milan the 2010 Champions League title – is as fondly remembered as Diego Milito will be in some corners of the continent when he hangs up his boots. If you’ve not seen his famous brace which brought Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan the trophy, it’s the latter of the two strikes, a jinking run and finish, that brought Bayern players to their knees. Literally.


Hernan Crespo – AC Milan vs Liverpool, 2005

Lest we forget 2005’s Hernan Crespo. After racing to a half time 3-0 lead against Liverpool in Istanbul, AC Milan crumbled in the second half, eventually losing on penalties, meaning the Argentine striker’s stunning quick fire double was resigned to a mere footnote. For shame – his second goal, latching onto a grass-singingly accurate through ball from Kaka, was one of the classiest lob the tournament had ever seen, never mind a final.


Fillipo Inzaghi – AC Milan vs Liverpool, 2007

“That lad must have been born offside,” once said Alex Ferguson of serial goal hanger Filippo Inzaghi. Those goal poaching instincts were certainly evident in 2007’s final as he helped Milan to exact revenge against Liverpool, rounding the keeper and wrapping up victory with his second strike in a 2-0 victory. While not the greatest cup final goal in technical terms, because of what it meant to the Milanese side who’d capitulated so spectacularly in the same exact fixture two years earlier in Istanbul, it's now a defining moment in Champions League history.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United Bayern Munich, 1999

If there were one dramatic goal to rule them all, of course, this pouncing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strike, recalled every time Clive Tyldesley harks back to ‘that night in Barcelona’ would surely be it. The baby-faced assassin was in the right place at the right time to clinch Alex Ferguson’s first Champion’s League title and, if you’re anything like Tyldsley, you’re unlikely to ever get bored of it.


Fabrizio Ravanelli, Juventus vs Ajax, 1996

Sassier than his trademark frosted hairstyle, Ravanelli’s opening goal for Juventus (0.18 seconds), was dispatched from a near impossibly tight angle after exploiting an Ajax mix up at the back. No matter how many times you watch it (20 for us), hypnotically, it makes you believe it’s going to be cleared. His team went on to draw the match 1-1, taking the glory with five perfectly placed penalty kicks.


Vladimir Smicer - Liverpool vs AC Milan, 2005

What better way to end this list than with a slicer from Smicer? The likeable Czech international enjoyed his finest moment in a Liverpool shirt when unleashing a wonderful fizzing volley with the outside of his boot and outside of the box to make it 3-2 on the night against AC Milan, in turn becoming part of the rabble who would come back from the brink of defeat, defying the odds to help the Reds claim victory. But don't take our word for it, this piece published by Sabotage Times, pays ultimate odd to this fine goal.



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