Marvel at Zidane's breathtaking volley

Zinédine Zidane reflects on his sumptuous strike against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final, a volley you can vote for in UEFA's best goal poll.

One of the most spectacular goals in UEFA Champions League history, this wondrous volley from Zinédine Zidane earned Real Madrid CF a 2-1 final victory against Bayer 04 Leverkusen and a place in competition folklore.

"To score in such a way in the [UEFA] Champions League, if it has to happen once in a lifetime, well it happened that night in the final," said Zinédine Zidane of his breathtaking volley in the 2002 decider at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

A stadium that had played host to the famous 1960 showpiece – when Madrid's Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás struck seven times between them against Eintracht Frankfurt in a dazzling display of attacking football – was the stage for the Whites to outwit another German side, Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

That they did was in large part down to Zidane, who majestically scored the clincher in a 2-1 Merengues success. Unsurprisingly, it is a leading contender in UEFA's best goal poll.

The playmaker was sauntering into the Leverkusen penalty area when Roberto Carlos made one of his trademark runs down the left, hooking a cross back to the edge of the box. Eyes fixed on the dropping ball, concentration personified, Zidane watched it on to his left foot, hammering a shot past Jörg Butt.

"That volley was a great moment for me, as I had not won that trophy before," said the former French international. "So yes, it is one of my great memories, along with lifting the [FIFA] World Cup [in 2006] because, as a player, your dream is to play in it. When you win it and lift the trophy it's such an extraordinary moment."

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