Lewis Ambrose·4 April 2018
Lewis Ambrose·4 April 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick took the world’s breath away on Tuesday evening but how does it rank in Champions League history?
Well, we don’t know.
Goals are notoriously hard to rank because everyone has different tastes – perfect team play, spectacular individual skill, solo efforts?
Does the goal have to be as unique as possible? That certainly helps.
And the significance? It’s a lot harder to remember group stage goals and scoring when your side is already four goals up is not quite the same but those goals deserve some consideration, even if the weighting works against them.
We’ve done our best to take all of the above into account so, without further ado, here are our 10 best goals in Champions League history.
Here goes nothing…
We can’t think of another goal like this, not on this stage. A forgotten moment of genius and a deft piece of skill.
And yes, he meant it.
En 2006, la única vez que Chelsea y Barcelona se han enfrentado en fase de grupos, los Blues terminaron 1º y los Culés 2º.El duelo en el Camp Nou dejó esta joya de Frank Lampard.📹: UEFA TV pic.twitter.com/A0DSu4X4PA
Volleys are hard and they look great but it feels like there’s so often luck involved, an element of hit and hope.
That wasn’t the case here – López swivelled and simultaneously controlled and smashed the ball all in one touch. All the more better having come from a long pass.
#OnThisDay in 1999, Claudio Lopez scored this fantastic goal for @valenciacf_en against PSV in the Champions League. Wonderful stuff! pic.twitter.com/CP5Nya5EK9
If we were going to include a free-kick (and we were always going to) it had to be one from Juninho.
The master of the dead ball hit his best ever against Bayern Munich and, for bonus points, sent a bewildered Oliver Kahn crashing into his post.
Team goals often get overlooked. They aren’t spectacular enough for some people, we guess. Those people are wrong.
Ronaldo has scored every type of goal imaginable but it’s unfairly forgotten that Mourinho’s Madrid was a breathtaking counter-attacking machine.
This was them at their very best: swift, destructive, elegant, unstoppable.
Jérôme Boateng was the best defender in the world at the time, Manuel Neuer the best goalkeeper and Pep Guardiola was considered the best coach as he returned to Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi made all three of them look absolutely ridiculous.
You can almost hear someone in the distance shout ‘TIMBER!’ as the Argentine sends Boateng spinning before he chips Neuer with his ‘weak’ foot.
The Bernabéu has seen some unbelievable players and even more unbelievable goals but this still seemed to take them by surprise.
Perhaps the most impressive thing is that four players actually get close to Henry but it looks like nobody does. His long stride takes him away from one, two, three Galácticos and he strikes just as a young Sergio Ramos arrives.
For a man who specialised in them, this was probably the best solo goal of his career.
Oh, a halfway line volley? That’s cool.
Yeah it’s cool and it’s even cooler when it comes at San Siro within the opening minute of a Champions League game.
Poor Manuel Neuer couldn’t believe his luck.
Dejan Stankovic's halfway line volley against Schalke, in the champions league…. 😮🙌🏻⚽️ pic.twitter.com/w6ZcJpzB9j
Maybe the best goal of Ronaldo’s 649 career goals to date. Yes, really.
The five metre dash to reach it. The seven foot leap. The connection while almost upside down and still moving backwards in midair. Perfectly into the corner.
All around the stadium, Juventus fans stood up to applaud. That says it all.
A scorer in two World Cup finals, Zidane was a man for the occasion. He lived up to it once again in the 2002 Champions League final.
Roberto Carlos’ cross seems to spend an age in the air as Zidane sets himself, waiting for it to drop.
The most striking thing is just how high the Frenchman gets his leg as he makes contact with the ball.
For many it’s the greatest goal ever scored in European football, but…
At the height of Pep Guardiola’s rivalry with José Mourinho, his greatest pupil secured a place in history. Sometimes you can just sense something special is unravelling right before you and this goal was exactly that.
Like he usually does, Sergio Busquets saw it before the rest of us, stopping the ball dead before allowing Messi to do the rest.
The two biggest and best clubs in the world, the most competitive rivalry in the world, was decided within the blink of an eye.