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Top 10 Champions League final goals

With the 2022/23 Champions League final just around the corner, we have picked out 10 of the best goals to have been scored in Europe's top competition.

Treble-chasing Manchester City will be going in search of their first Champions League crown when they take on Inter Milan at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul on 10th June.

Pep Guardiola's side are 2/5 in Full Time Result, the draw is priced at 4/1 and the Nerazzurri are 6/1 to stop the Citizens from landing the trophy for the first time.

WhatManchester City v Inter Milan
WhereAtaturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul 
When20:00, Saturday 10th June
How to watchBT Sport 1 & BT Sport Ultimate
OddsMan City 2/5, Draw 4/1, Inter Milan 6/1

Having delved through the archives since the European Cup was rebranded to the Champions League in 1992/93, here is our selection of the 10 best goals in the finals.

10 - Carlos Alberto (Porto) 2003/04

Porto claimed Champions League glory in 2003/04 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Monaco at the Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, and they were set on their way by a great strike from Carlos Alberto.

With the scores locked at 0-0 approaching half-time, Alberto produced a powerful right-footed volley into the top-right corner after the ball had broken kindly to him in the area.

9 - Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) 2004/05

Liverpool produced their own Champions League miracle in 2004/05 when they came from 3-0 down against AC Milan at half-time to eventually win the encounter at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on penalties.

The Reds' comeback started with a great header from Steven Gerrard, who generated fantastic power from a standing jump to fire the ball across the keeper and into the far corner.

8 - Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 2013/14

Real Madrid ended up thrashing rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the 2013/14 Champions League final, but it could have been so different had Sergio Ramos not landed a last-gasp equaliser for Los Blancos.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the dying seconds, Ramos popped up with a powerful header in the penalty area to take the game into extra-time. The rest, as they say, is history.

7 - Lars Ricken (Borussia Dortmund) 1996/97 

Borussia Dortmund's only Champions League trophy came back in 1996/97 and they produced a fantastic performance in the final to defeat Juventus 3-1 at the Olympiastadion, Munich.

Leading 2-1 after Alessandro Del Piero's lovely finish had got the Old Lady back into the game, Dortmund substitute Lars Ricken was sent through and he proceeded to curl one over the keeper from around 25 yards out to secure the victory.

6 - Didier Drogba (Chelsea) 2011/12

Chelsea's first Champions League success came against Bayern Munich in 2012 and they were indebted to the performances of Didier Drogba, who ended up scoring the winning penalty after the scores were locked at 1-1.

But it is the Ivorian's equaliser in the 88th minute that lives long in the memory. He showed great desire to get to a cross that was whipped in from the corner before firing a bullet header into the back of the net.

5 - David Villa (Barcelona) 2010/11

There was more European success for Barcelona in the 2011 final as they again overcame Manchester United, this time running out 3-1 winners at Wembley Stadium.

Leading 2-1 at the time, David Villa trapped the ball on the edge of the box before curling a superb shot into the top-right corner to wrap up the win for the Catalans.

4 - Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 2008/09

Lionel Messi has scored many memorable goals in his career but his strike in Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final is somewhat of a collectors item.

Granted he was unmarked in the box, the Argentine still had a lot of work to do as he rose like a salmon on the edge of the six-yard box to head across the keeper, showing superb technique and ability.

3 - Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) 2016/17

A goal which was ultimately in vain as Juventus went on to succumb 4-1 to Real Madrid in the 2016/17 Champions Final in Cardiff, Mario Mandzukic's outrageous overhead kick will still forever be etched in the memories of football fans.

With Max Allegri's side trailing holders Real Madrid 1-0 in the first half courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo opener, Croatian Mandzukic chested down a pass from teammate Gonzalo Higuain from just inside the box before acrobatically volleying past Keylor Navas to send Juventus supporters into raptures.

2 - Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) 2001/02

One of the most famous goals in European history is Zinedine Zidane's sublime match-winning volley for Real Madrid in their 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

Roberto Carlos lobbed a high ball into the penalty area that Zidane watched drop down from the sky before firing in a sublime left-footed volley into the top-left corner.

1 - Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 2017/18

The now-retired Gareth Bale produced a moment of brilliance in Real Madrid's victory over Liverpool in 2018 at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv.

With the score level at 1-1 after the hour mark, Bale produced a sensational overhead kick to put Los Blancos ahead before he then grabbed a second later on to wrap up the win.

The win meant Madrid became the first team to win three back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.

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