The 10 Greatest Champions League Goals of All Time

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer ISeptember 15, 2010

The Ten Greatest Champions League Goals of All Time

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    GLASGOW, GREAT BRITAIN - May 15:  Zinedine Zidane is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the second goal for Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen played at Hampden Park, Glasgow on May 15, 20
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    Throughout the history of the UEFA Champions League, there have been many goals that stand out as all-time great goals.

    From a goal late in the Champions League final to a goal in the dying seconds of qualification that secured a spot in the Champions League group stage, we have witnessed some fantastic goals.

    With this in mind, here is a list of the ten greatest Champions League goals of all-time.

No. 10 Andy Cole (1998 Group Stage Vs. Barcelona)

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    25 Nov 1998:  Andy Cole of Manchester United takes on Michael Reiziger of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League match at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain. Cole scored as the game ended 3-3. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport
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    In what was one of the greatest groups in Champions League history, Brøndby, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United were all in the same group, with United and Bayern eventually facing each other in the Champions League final at Barcelona's Camp Nou.

    But in one of the top group stage matches that ended in a 3-3 draw at the Camp Nou, Man United's Andy Cole was able to score a beautifully engineered goal that resulted in Cole and Dwight Yorke teaming up with each other on several passes before Cole put the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

No. 9 Hugo Almeida (2005 Group Stage Vs. Inter Milan)

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    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND -  JULY 29:  Hugo Almeida of Porto during the LG Amsterdam Tournament friendly match between Boca Juniors and FC Porto at The Amsterdam Arena  on July 29, 2005 in Amsterdam, Holland.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    Two years after winning the Champions League, Porto found themselves in a group that consisted of Inter, Petržalka, and Rangers with a much weaker squad than the one that won the European Cup several years prior.

    In Porto's 2-1 loss to Inter at the San Siro, Hugo Almeida gave his team an early 1-0 lead with an incredible free kick that had almost no rotation from 30 yards out as it landed in the far top corner.

No. 8 Steven Gerrard (2004 Group Stage Vs. Olympiakos)

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND -DECEMBER 8: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool shoots, only to see his goal dissalowed during the Champions League Group A match between Liverpool and Olympiakos at Anfield on December 8, 2004 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill
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    In the final group stage match of the 2005 Champions League, Liverpool found themselves in a situation that required a victory in order to advance onto the knockout stage.

    But late in a 2-1 match, Steven Gerrard fired an absolute thunderbolt into the back of the net, locking a spot in knockout stage for Liverpool.

    And of course, the rest is just history, as Liverpool went on to win the Champions League final after being down 3-0 to AC Milan in the "Miracle in Istanbul."

No. 7 Dejan Savicevic (1994 Champions League Final Vs. Barcelona)

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    14 Dec 1996:  Dejan Savicevic of Yugoslavia in action during the World cup qualifier between Spain and Yugoslavia in Valencia, Spain. Spain won the match 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
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    In the 1994 Champions League final, AC Milan faced a favored Barcelona side in what turned out to be one of the most one-sided finals in Champions League history.

    However, with the score at 2-0 in Milan's favor in the 47th minute, Milan's Dejan Savicevic scored a brilliant volley after beating Miguel Angel Nadal to give Milan a 3-0 lead and eventually a 4-0 win.

No. 6 Marc Overmars (2001 Group Stage Vs. Liverpool)

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    20 Nov 2001:  Marc Overmars of Barcelona runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Liverpool played at Anfield, in Liverpool, England. Barcelona won the match 3-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior /Allsport
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    In the second group of the 2001-2002 Champions League, Barcelona traveled to Anfield to take on Liverpool in what turned out to be a 3-1 win for the Catalan side.

    But the most memorable part of the match came in the 84th minute when Marc Overmars put away a brilliant pass from Xavi from midfield to get Barcelona the goal.

    However, Barcelona had a great buildup to the goal, as they completed 24 consecutive passes that led up to the goal.

No. 5 Ronaldinho (2005 Round of 16 Vs. Chelsea)

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    LONDON - MARCH 8: Ronaldinho of Barcelona battles with Claude Makelele of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League, First Knockout Round, Second Leg match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on March 8, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Sha
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    In the round of 16 in the 2005 Champions League second leg, Ronaldinho scored one of his most memorable goals ever in one of the most exciting Champions League matches in recent memory.

    In the 38th minute, Ronaldinho was in front of the Chelsea penalty area when he decided to brilliantly toe poke the ball into the net, stunning everyone at Stamford Bridge as he made the score 3-2 in favor of Chelsea.

    Chelsea went on to win the match by a 4-2 score and advanced onto the quarterfinal.

No. 4 Cristiano Ronaldo (2009 Quarterfinal Vs. Porto)

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    PORTO, PORTUGAL - APRIL 15:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Porto and Manchester United at the Estadio do Dragao on April 15, 2009 in Porto, Portuga
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    In the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal, Manchester United desperately needed a goal in order to keep their Champions League hopes alive after a 2-2 draw in the first leg against Porto.

    And in the sixth minute, Cristiano Ronaldo nailed one of the best goals anyone will ever see, as he shot the ball from almost 40 yards out and stunned Helton as the ball went into the net, giving United a 1-0 lead.

    That proved to be enough for United as they advanced onto the Champions League final before losing to Barcelona.

No. 3 Charles Coridon (2004 Group Stage Vs. Porto)

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    Definitely a goal that makes you turn your head wondering what he was thinking, Charles Coridon did a bicycle kick off a cross against the winners of the Champions League the year earlier in Porto.

    Coridon's goal was crucial in PSG's 2-0 win, but PSG failed to advance from Group H.

No. 2 Mauro Bressan (1998 Group Stage Vs. Barcelona)

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    23 DEC 2000:  Mauro Bressan of Fiorentina in action during a SERIE A 12th Round League match between Fiorentina and Verona, played at the Artemio Franchi Stadium, Florence. Alessandro Rossini / GRAZIA NERI     DIGITAL CAMERA Mandatory Credit: Grazia Neri/
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    In the 1999 Champions League, Barcelona traveled to Florence to take on Fiorentina in what turned out to be one of the best matches of the entire tournament.

    In the 14th minute, Mauro Bressan scored one of the greatest goals of all-time as he did a bicycle kick to stun Barcelona and gave Fiorentina a 1-0 lead at the time.

    The match ended in a 3-3, draw and both sides advanced onto the knockout stage.

No. 1 Zinedine Zidane (2002 Champions League Final Vs. Bayer Leverkusen)

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    GLASGOW - May 15:  Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid keeps his eye on the ball as he scores a wonderful goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen played at Hampden Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on May 15, 2002. Real Ma
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    In the 2002 Champions League final, Zinedine Zidane scored the greatest goal in Champions League history when he shot in a high cross by Roberto Carlos into the top corner of the net to give Real Madrid a 2-1 lead at the half.

    Real went on to win their ninth Champions League title as a result of the goal as they won 2-1.


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