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Champions League final: Top 10 goals

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

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Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid will go in search of a record-extending 15th Champions League title when they take on Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on 1st June.

Dortmund have defied the odds to make it to the Champions League final, navigating past PSV, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout rounds, and the Germans will once again be underdogs against Los Blancos in London.

To whet the appetite ahead of the 2023/24 Champions League final, we have delved through the archives to explore the top 10 goals in this fixture since the rebranding of Europe's premier club competition back in 1992.

10) - Carlos Alberto v Monaco (2004)

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 v Milan (2005)

Liverpool produced their own Champions League miracle in 2004/05 when they came from 3-0 down against 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 v Atletico Madrid (2014)

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 v Juventus (1997)

Borussia Dortmund's only Champions League trophy came back in 1996/97 as 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 v Bayern Munich (2012)

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

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 v Man Utd (2011)

Barcelona produced an epic performance in the 2011 final as they overcame Manchester United 3-1 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 v Man Utd (2009)

Lionel Messi has scored many memorable goals in his career but his effort in Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final is somewhat of a collector's 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 v Real Madrid (2017)

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 v Bayer Leverkusen (2002)

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 v Liverpool (2018)

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, substitute Bale produced a sensational bicycle kick to put Los Blancos ahead before he proceeded to grab 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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