Some of the best UEFA Champions League final matches live rent-free in our heads. They provided a lot good memories and interesting sceneries.
Although not all UEFA Champions League final matches are so thrilling, here, we’ll highlight some of the most thrilling finals of all time.
1. Liverpool 3 – 3 (2-3P) AC Milan | 2005
This is an obvious one. Liverpool’s miraculous comeback in the 2005 final is not just the best UEFA champions league final match but the greatest Champions League match ever.
AC Milan led Liverpool 3-0 at halftime but Liverpool incredibly scored 3 goals in the second half to level up the game and force extra time and Penalties.
Long story short, Liverpool won the penalty shoot and lifted the Champions League trophy.
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2. AC Milan 4 – 0 Barcelona | 1994
This is probably one of the most shocking Champions League final match.
After winning La Liga, Barca were firm favourites to beat AC Milan to the Champions League trophy.
In addition, AC Milan star striker, Marco van Basten, who is injury-prone, was out injured again and a couple of the important players were not available for AC Milan in the final match.
It was supposed to be a smooth ride for Barca. But Fabio Capello and AC Milan had other ideas.
In the end, Barcelona was soundly beaten by the underdogs and that match remains one of the most shocking and best Champions League final matches.
3. Chelsea 1-1 Bayern Munich (P4-3) | 2012
Now, this is one of the most dramatic Champions League final match.
The match, although interesting since kickoff, was goalless until the 83rd minute when Muller gave Bayern Munich the lead.
It was meant to be the only goal of the match. But that was not the case.
Just 5 minutes later, Didier Drogba level matters for Chelsea and forced the match to extra time and penalties.
Eventually, Drogba scored the deciding penalty that ensured Chelsea were crowned the Champions of Europe for the very first time in their history.
What a glorious moment that was for Chelsea fans!
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4. Ajax 1-0 AC Milan | 1995
AC Milan were on course to win the 6th Champions League crown in 1995.
However, despite being favorites, Milan lost to a young Ajax side in a thrilling, yet shocking match.
Interestingly, the match was goalless until the 83rd minute when 18-year-old Patrick Kluivert broke the deadlock.
Given the shock and scintillating performance from both teams, the Ajax vs AC Milan match has to be one of the best Champions League final match ever.
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5. Bayer Leverkusen 1 – 2 Real Madrid | 2002
It was Bayer Leverkusen’s first Champions League final match. No one really expected them to win.
But the German team really dragged the almighty Real Madrid, and at some point looked like winning.
After Raul’s goal in the 5th minute, Leverkusen responded almost immediately – 5 minutes later.
It took Zidane, a world class left footed volley, to down the resilient Bayer Leverkusen team.
6. Real Madrid 4-1 (AET) Atletico Madrid | 2014
The 2014 Champions League final match was atypical. It looked destined for a penalty shootout until 3 crazy Real Madrid goals in the extra time ended the contest.
Another one unique thing about the match is that it was a derby match. It was quite fierce and evenly contested until the extra time changed the direction of the match.
No doubt, the 2014 UEFA Champions League final match has to be one of the best the competition’s history.
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7. Borussia Dortmund 3 – 1 Juventus | 1997
In reality, no one expected BVB to beat Juve in the 1997 Champions League final.
However, Borussia Dortmund won Juventus 3 – 1.
The German team were leading 2-0 until the 65th when Del Piero’s goal looked like the beginning of a Juve comeback.
Lars Ricken’s 71st minute goal all but ended Juve’s dream of winning the match.
8. MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 BAYERN MUNICH | 1999
This is one of the most dramatic Champions League final match ever.
Bayern Munich took the lead in the 6th minute and it looked like they would win the match until the 91st minute.
Two late goals from Manchester United changed the fate of the German club.
Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored in the 91st and 93rd minute respectively to earn Manchester United an unlikely win.
The scenes that night were crazy. It was one of the best Champions League match ever.
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9. Manchester United 1 – 1 (P6-5) Chelsea, 2008
This is one of the few matches where Cristiano Ronaldo is becoming a hero and a villain in the same match.
Ronaldo gave Manchester United the lead in the 25th minute, but Lampard equalized on the stroke of halftime and dragged the match to extra time and penalties.
Although Manchester United won the Penalty shootout, Ronaldo was the only United player who didn’t score the shootout.
Overall, the match was really entertaining and full of suspense.
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10. Inter 2-0 Bayern Munich | 2010
The 2010 Champions League final is another interesting game. It can otherwise be called “the Diego Milito show”.
Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan defeated Bayern Munich thanks to Diego Milito double (in the 35th and 70th minute.)
Bayern Munich were favorites to win the match but Jose Mourinho’s men proved to be the better side defensively and in front of the goal.
Inter Milan’s victory ensured they clinched their first ever treble.
Indeed, the 2010 Champions League final match is one to never forget because it is one of the best in the competition’s history.
What Is the best Champions League final ever?
Now that we’ve highlighted 10 of the best Champions League final matches, you may wonder which is the very best.
Well, without any doubt, the 2005 Champions League final match is the very best.
Liverpool’s miraculous comeback is one that has never been seen in a Champions League final match.
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What Does It Feel Like to Win A Champions League Final Match?
It’s best to save the answer for a player who truly experienced winning a Champions League final match.
Steve McManama states how exhilarating it is to be crowned Champions of Europe.
Most definitely, other Champions-League-winning players today and in the past would feel the same way.
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