Football Features

Every 21st century Champions League-winning club’s most iconic goal in print form

By Ben Green

Published: 18:50, 19 December 2020

We all have a favourite goal. That one unforgettable snapshot that has a permanent home in our minds.

For some, that goal is connected to a wider context, cherished because it came at an important juncture in our lives: a first match, for example.

For others, aesthetics reign supreme, the skill, technique, daring improvisation or creative genius that makes a great goal a legendary one.

And few settings in football produce legendary goals quite like the Champions League, a stage essentially tailor-made for legends.

So, Squawka teamed up with The Goal Hanger to create a selection of prints, picking the most iconic goal scored by every club to win the Champions League since 2000.

You’ll find them below, along with the story behind them and why they remain forever etched in football mythology.

Last order dates for Christmas UK delivery on prints: 20th Dec.

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: Divock Origi 79′ (07/09/19)

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Divock Origi relevant match stats: Shots: 2 | Passes completed: 9 | Touches in opp box: 4 | Duels won: 4 | xG: 0.83

Match fact: Liverpool are the first team in Champions League history to progress from a semi-final after losing the first leg by 3+ goals. 

One of the great European nights at Anfield. Having already clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit against Barcelona of all teams, Liverpool had one more trick up their sleeves. With extra-time beckoning, a 20-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold produced a moment of exquisite improvisation.

The academy gem deceptively walked away from a 79th-minute corner kick, lulling the Barca backline into a false sense of security before spotting a certain Divock Origi unmarked and with ample room. In a split second he swivelled, delivered a pinpoint cross and the rest as they say, is history.

Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich: Joshua Kimmich ’63 (14/08/20)

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Alphonso Davies relevant match stats: Touches: 66 | Duels won: 10 | Take-ons completed: 5 (most) | Recoveries: 4 | Touches in opp box: 4 | Assists: 1 | Interceptions: 2 | Clearances: 2

Match fact: Bayern Munich are the first team to score 5+ goals against Barcelona in a single Champions League match in the competition’s history.

This goal was scored by Joshua Kimmich, but it was made by Alphonso Davies. In the quarter-final of the Champions League last season Bayern Munich shocked the continent with one of football’s most ruthless and comprehensive thrashings, an 8-2 mauling against the Blaugrana in Lisbon.

That Hansi Flick’s charges went on to complete a famous treble last term will come as no consolation to the Catalan club, who were embarrassed by the Bavarian behemoth with a teenage Davies running riot on the flank and producing one of the competition’s greatest-ever assists.

Collecting the ball out wide, the Canadian breezed past Lionel Messi, snapped Arturo Vidal’s ankles (metaphorically, of course), skinned Nelson Semedo, before darting into the box and teeing up Kimmich, who put the seal on a phenomenal solo run by his precocious teammate.

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi ’80 (06/05/15)

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Lionel Messi relevant match stats: Shots: 4 | Goals: 2 | Chances created: 4 | Assists: 1 | Take-ons completed: 9

Match fact: No player scored more goals (10), made more assists (5) or completed more take-ons (92) than Messi in the 2014/15 Champions League season.

“Honestly, I would love to see each one of you defending against Messi,” were the words from Jerome Boateng in the aftermath of that Messi run.

Not many players can dribble past the Bavarian bulwark, but Messi did it with such consummate ease that it almost defies logic. But then again, that is Messi.

It’s almost easy to overlook what happened next, as Boateng tumbling to the floor remains an image burned into our retinas, but the finish was just sublime.

Against the world’s best, Manuel Neuer, Messi dinked a delectable chip with his right boot to cap off a world-class goal.

Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea: Ramires ’45+1 (24/04/12)

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Ramires relevant match stats: Take-ons completed: 2 | Tackles: 5 | Clearances: 8

Famous quote (Frank Lampard): “When we went 2-0 down and had 10 men, we had to reshuffle. I thought this could be the worst night of my life. I was thinking towards double figures […] thankfully I had a runner in Ramires to find.”

Managerless Chelsea had done well to sneak a 1-0 win against Barcelona in the first leg at Stamford Bridge in the 2011/12 semi-finals, but as half-time approached in the return fixture at the Camp Nou, they found themselves 2-1 down on aggregate and with only 10 men. Step up Ramires.

A precise through-ball by Chelsea immortal Lampard on the stroke of half-time sent the Brazilian racing through on goal before he produced a dink for the ages. Fernando Torres executed a coup de grace in the dying embers, which brought us Gary Neville’s famous ‘goalgasm’, but it will always be Ramires’ audacious chip that truly fired Chelsea to Munich and, eventually, ol’ ‘Big Ears’.

AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool: Filippo Inzaghi ’82 (23/05/07)

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Filippo Inzaghi relevant match stats: Shots on target: 3 | Offsides: 3 | Corner kicks: 4 | Man of the Match awards: 1

Match fact: Filippo Inzaghi became the fourth player to score two goals in a Champions League final.

He was “born offside” according to Sir Alex Ferguson, but against Liverpool in 2007 ‘Superpippo’ had the timing and precision of a Swiss watch for his goals.

The ultimate poacher netted a brace in the Athens showpiece to avenge the Miracle of Istanbul two years prior, and his second was Inzaghi in microcosm.

As Kaka surged forward, the Brazilian slipped in Inzaghi with telepathic vision before the Italian ‘fox in the box’ lived up to his moniker and made it 2-0.

He nonchalantly rounded Pepe Reina before doing what he does best and finding the back of the net. A man for the occasion. And Rossoneri fans certainly think so.

“Even today, so many Milan supporters thank me for that match,” Inzaghi reflected years later.

Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona: Paul Scholes ’14 (29/04/08)

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Paul Scholes relevant match stats: Shots on target: 2 | Corner kicks: 5 | Goal distance: 25 yards

Match fact: That strike was only Paul Scholes’ second goal of the season.

Paul “he scores goals” Scholes was a long-range merchant, a great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals. And, en route to United’s third European crown in 2008, Barcelona felt the full force of the midfielder’s thunderous right boot, with the man once described by Xavi as the “complete player” hitting a trademark 25-yarder at Old Trafford. Victor Valdes stood no chance and Scholes set up an all-English final in the Russian capital.

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: Gareth Bale ’63 (26/05/18)

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Gareth Bale relevant match stats: Shot accuracy: 100% | Minutes played: 39 | Touches: 16 | Duels won: 3 | Shots: 2 | Shots on target: 2 | Goals: 2 | Chances created: 1 | Take-ons completed: 1

Match fact: Gareth Bale is only the second British player to score a brace in a European Cup/Champions League final after Bobby Charlton for Manchester United in 1968

There’s scoring overhead kicks, there’s scoring overhead kicks in the Champions League, and then there is scoring overhead kicks in the Champions League final. Gareth Bale reached that God tier in the 2018 showpiece against Liverpool with arguably the greatest-ever finish in a final.

Zinedine Zidane would certainly have something to say about that, but then again, he might be happy to take a step back and let Bale mop up the plaudits, as the Welshman delivered him his third European crown in as many years as Real Madrid manager.

Bayern Munich 0-2 Inter Milan: Diego Milito ’70 (22/05/10)

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Inter Milan relevant match stats: Shots: 11 | Shots on target: 7 | Possession: 30% | Passing accuracy: 73.4% | Tackle success rate: 76.5%

Match fact: Jose Mourinho become the third manager in European Cup history to win as manager of two clubs (previously with Porto in 2004).

The archetypal ‘Mourinho masterclass’, Jose completed his famous treble in 2010 after Diego Milito put Bayern to the sword in the final. Louis van Gaal’s side dominated possession in typical Ajax-esque fashion, but Mourinho’s Inter were utterly ruthless when the chances came their way.

Milito’s second was simply world class as well. Daniel Van Buyten was walking through treacle and leaden-footed as Milito elegantly sauntered past him before instinctively firing past Hans-Jorg Butt. Never in doubt once he raced through.

Monaco 0-3 Porto: Deco ’71 (26/05/04)

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Match stats: Shots on target: 4 | Possession: 45% | Corner kicks: 4

Match fact: Three goals gave the Portuguese side the trophy for the second time in their history, following their first in 1987.

Deco was sensational in the run-up to the 2004 final, and he put the gloss on his scintillating campaign with a quite breath-taking strike against Monaco.

He sent Flavio Roma, and half the Monaco defence, the wrong way with a deceptive finish. That strike launched Mourinho, Deco and Porto to stratospheric stardom.

For his part, Deco claimed a Man of the Match award in front of 53,053 fans in Germany, and was named Uefa Club Footballer of the Year.

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