Top 10 Champions League final goals


10. Fabrizio Ravanelli; Juventus vs Ajax, 1996

The Silver Fox managed to squeeze this one home back in 1996 against Ajax after a mistake by Edwin van der Sar and Ronald de Boer. They were probably distracted by his Richard Gere style hair. Woosh.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo; Manchester United vs Chelsea, 2008

The rat-tailed one headed in the opener with a trademark leap and nod, like a salmon leaping from spring water. Well, a salmon that's good at heading. Ronaldo haters got their wish later on, though, as he missed a penalty in the shoot-out.

8. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; Manchester United vs Bayern Munich, 1999

Not a brilliant goal by any means, but arguably the most important ever, the Norwegian prodding in as the dying seconds fell from the clock to win it for United in Barcelona. Cue Peter Schmeichel doing a rubbish cartwheel.

7. Lionel Messi; Barcelona vs Manchester United, 2009

The little Barca star proved he has more to his game than just his left-foot with a brilliantly taken header against Manchester United in 2009. Van der Sar is almost paralysed by shock that 3ft 4in Messi has nodded one past him.

6. Dejan Savicevic; AC Milan vs Barcelona, 1994

Back in the mid 90s, when AC Milan owned football, Dejan Savicevic was king. Not literally, but he was pretty darn good. Here he scores a wonderful lob in the 4-0 mauling of Barca in 1994.

5. Hernan Crespo; AC Milan vs Liverpool, 2005

This might be the most beautiful goal ever scored. So beautiful it makes men go weak at the knees just looking at it. Look at that pass from Kaka, and that chip from Crespo. Ohhhh yeeahhh.

4. Steve McManaman; Real Madrid vs Valencia, 2000

Much loved in Madrid Macca scored a wonderfully taken volley in the 3-1 win against Valencia in 2000 for Real Madrid. The name McManaman has since been coined to describe a beautiful volley in Spain. Ok, it hasn't but it should have been. 

3. Lars Ricken; Borussia Dortmund vs Juventus, 1997

A simply wonderful goal this by Ricken against Juve in 1997, scoring with his first touch after being introduced as a substitute with a speculative 40-yard lob. Gol-and-may-I-add-LAAZZOOO!

2.David Villa; Barcelona vs Manchester United, 2011

This was the night when Barcelona reminded United, and the world, that they were the best team on the planet. And possibly in the galaxy. Villa calmly curls this one in from the egde of the area with an almost nonchalent flick. Pfft.

1. Zinedine Zidane; Real Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen, 2002

It had to be Zizou at No.1 didn't it? The technique to wrap his (weaker) left foot around this awkward ball and direct it into the goal is second to none. Ok, he didn't really have a weaker foot, but the sheer audacity of it deserves the highest praise.