Liverpool and Manchester United feature among 11 best Champions League final goals

Familiar faces from both Liverpool and Manchester United feature in our list of the 11 best goals scored in the final of the Champions League.

With the Champions League final nearly upon us, we've decided to look back at some of the great goals that have been scored in the showpiece event over the years.

Starting from the earliest incarnation of the competition, this countdown features efforts from both Liverpool and Manchester United and is presented in chronological order.

Pick your favourite three and comment under the article.

11. Dejan Savicevic vs Barcelona – 1994

A sensational bit of improvisation from the Serbian wizard on a memorable night for Milan. Few would have expected Savicevic to attempt an angled lob - but that's just what he did.

10. Marcel Desailly vs Barcelona – 1994

Dismissed by Johan Cruyff in the build-up as a dull signing, this goal showed another side to Desailly's game, which was the icing on a 4-0 win.


9. Alessandro Del Piero vs Borussia Dortmund - 1997

An often overlooked goal, due to Juventus' 3-1 defeat on the night. Del Piero started the game on the bench and left manager Marcelo Lippi looking silly after this inspired finish.

8. Lars Ricken vs Juventus – 1997

A one-club man with Borussia Dortmund, Ricken's career undoubtedly peaked with this superb goal. Having spotted Angelo Peruzzi off his line, the German's shot was perfect.


7.Steve McManaman vs Valencia – 2000

Having moved to the Bernabeu from Liverpool on a free transfer, McManaman capped a wonderful debut season off with a superb goal in their 3-0 win over Los Che.

6.Zinedine Zidane vs Bayer Leverkusen – 2002

Arguably the best goal ever scored by Zinedine Zidane and a contender for the best ever Champions League final goal, it also proved to be Zizou's only European Cup.

5.Hernan Crespo vs Liverpool – 2005

Before Liverpool turned the tide with a sensational comeback, Milan were marvellous with Crespo finishing this chance with aplomb after a superb through pass from Kaka.

4.Vladimir Smicer vs AC Milan – 2005

Steven Gerrard's goal may have given the Reds a glimmer of hope, but it was Smicer's sensational strike that meant it was game on for the Merseysiders in Istanbul.

3.Cristiano Ronaldo vs Chelsea – 2008

Contender for the best header ever seen in a Champions League final, Ronaldo's fabulous guided effect left Petr Cech stranded and gave Manchester United an early advantage.


2.Diego Milito vs Bayern Munich – 2010

Jose Mourinho's Champions League success with Inter Milan owes much to the goals of Milito, with this fine twinkle-toes effort setting the Nerazzurri on their way to a famous win.

1.David Villa vs Manchester United - 2011

In a game that saw Barcelona play at their imperious best under Pep Guardiola, it still took a special strike from Villa to seal the game. Perfectly placed and worthy of seeing again.

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