Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi & 6 Great Champions League Goals From Very Long Range


You’ve all seen it by now, and Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi is likely to be seeing it for the rest of his life.

The right-back’s stunning long-range effort which sailed over Marc-Andre ter Stegen and found the net last night is already a strong contender for the best Champions League goal of this season, but is it one of the best ever?

We’ve rounded up six of the best from very, very long range* to challenge it.

*about 30 yards out plus, basically

 

Cristiano Ronaldo, Porto vs. Manchester United, 2009

The inaugural winner of FIFA’s Puskas Award for the best goal in the world that year, this Cristiano Ronaldo strike for Manchester United at Porto in 2009 seemed to defy physics.

How can the ball travel that fast for that long?!

 

Dejan Stankovic, Inter vs. Schalke, 2011

Scoring from the halfway is one thing, but scoring from the halfway line, on the volley, in the first couple of minutes of the game in a big Champions League clash?

Dejan Stankovic must be some sort of wizard.

 

Lars Ricken, Borussia Dortmund vs. Juventus, 1997

Right, you’ve come on as sub with your team leading 2-1 in the Champions League final, maybe keep it simple for a bit, pick out a couple of easy passes and don’t do anythi… Oh.

Lars Ricken: super sub.

 

Ronald Koeman, Barcelona vs. Porto, 1994

Before he became the manager of Southampton, Ronald Koeman carved out a football career as a defender who specialised in scoring quite ridiculous goals.

This one against Porto was one of the best, during a 1993/94 season when he amazingly finished as the joint-top scorer in the Champions League.

 

Gheorghe Hagi, Galatasaray vs. Monaco, 2000

One of the greatest players of his generation, there aren’t many footballers who would have thought to shoot here – but Gheorghe Hagi wasn’t like many footballers.

The Romanian legend, then 35, rolled back the years with this cracker against Monaco.

 

Mauro Bressan, Fiorentina vs. Barcelona, 1999

Okay, so it’s not as far out as the others on this list, but no recollection of Champions League goals is complete without recalling this moment of outrageousness from Mauro Bressan in 1999.

Why did he even think to shoot?!

 

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