It’s an all-German affair in the Champions League final this weekend, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund doing battle for the most coveted football in Europe. To whet our appetites for what is likely to be real feast of football, I thought we’d have a look at some of the extraordinary goals scored in the Champions League this season. It really has been a fantastic year, with a lot of twists and turns and a whole lot of surprises, and of course, some great goals. In fact, there have been so many great goals that it was very difficult to decide on a top 5, and no doubt there will be plenty who disagree with my choices. However, I urge those dissenters to put down their pitchforks and just enjoy some truly great Champions League moments.
5) Cristiano Ronaldo v Milan
Almost no “top 5” list is ever complete without the great Ronaldo, and this goal is a beautiful illustration of the incredible control he has over the ball. The Portugese maestro takes one touch from a great through ball, and that touch allows him to control the ball whilst teeing it up for what he does next. As the goalkeeper comes to challenge, Ronaldo delicately chips the ball over his head with his left foot. If you’re a sucker for a chipped goal, then this is the goal for you.
4) Michael Carrick vs Galatasaray:
Despite them enjoying a walkover in the Premier League this season, many have criticised this current United side for their lack of flair. However, this goal from Michael Carrick shows flair in abundance as Man Utd show Barcelona how it’s done with some delightful tiki-taka before Carrick expertly rounds the goalkeeper. Bonus points are awarded to Carrick for not going to ground following the keeper lunging at his leg.
3) Robert Lewandowski v Real Madrid:
This man is seriously hot property and this compound of close control and deadly finishing shows exactly why. He picks up the ball with a gaggle of defenders around him and manages to drag the ball out from under his (and their feet) and unleash a rocket that smashes into the roof of the net. Sublime.
2) Messi vs Milan:
We said that no “top 5” list is ever complete without Cristiano Ronaldo, and the same is true of the diminutive Argentinean. Barcelona were in trouble after a first leg against Milan that left them an awful lot to do. Enter Messi. With less than 5 minutes on the clock in the second leg, some beautiful close passing that has become characteristic of Barcelona culminated in an unstoppable finish from the king of Catalan.
1) Oscar vs Juventus:
Chelsea were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages so this is hardly the most important goal they scored all year, but this effort from Oscar is just an absolutely fabulous goal. A great pass from Ashley Cole results in Oscar in possession with his back to goal. With one exceptional touch and turn he bamboozles two defenders before curling a magnificent strike into the top right hand corner.