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The greatest Champions League moments

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 10.00CET
Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 10.00CET

The greatest Champions League moments

To mark its 50th issue, Champions – the official UEFA Champions League magazine – gave users the chance to nominate their best moments in the competition since 1992. Jerzy Dudek's heroics against AC Milan in the 2004/05 final came out on top, with Zinédine Zidane's sumptuous volley to win Real Madrid CF's ninth European Cup in 2002 in second. Ole Gunnar Solskjær's winning goal for Manchester United FC in the 1999 final finished third.

Champions will publish their top 50 UEFA Champions League moments in the 50th edition which is out in November, but in the meantime you can browse the top 20 spectacular moments below.

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    21% of votes

    Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) & Jerzy Dudek (Liverpool FC) 

    Jerzy Dudek 

    Liverpool FC v AC Milan, 2004/05 final
    No moment summed up the 'Miracle of Istanbul' better than the keeper's reflex double save to deny Andriy Shevchenko deep into extra time. After that, only one team was going to win the shoot-out.

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    12% of votes

    Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid CF 2002) 

    Zinédine Zidane 

    Real Madrid CF v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 2001/02 final
    Zidane's left-footed waft met Roberto Carlos's deflected cross on the full to crash home arguably the UEFA Champions League's most famous goal at Hampden Park.

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    10% of votes

    Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Manchester United FC) 1999 

    Ole Gunnar Solskjær 

    Manchester United v FC Bayern München, 1998/99 final
    It took two minutes and 17 seconds of stoppage time for Teddy Sheringham, then Norwegian international Solskjær to turn the game on its head to win United's second European crown.

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    7% of votes

    Kaká (AC Milan 3-0 Manchester United FC, 2007) 


    AC Milan v Manchester United FC, 2006/07 semi-final
    Amid a torrential downpour the Brazilian playmaker shone a week after scoring two precious away goals in a 3-2 Old Trafford loss. His 11th-minute volley set the tone for a 3-0 Milan win.

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    6% of votes

    Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC v Olympiacos FC 2004) 

    Steven Gerrard 

    Liverpool FC v Olympiacos FC, 2004/05 group stage
    With minutes left on the clock, the No8's majestic half-volley from the edge of the area sent Anfield into raptures and the Reds into the last 16 at their opponents' expense.

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    6% of votes

    Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 

    Lionel Messi 

    Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona, 2010/11 semi-final
    Barça's No10 cut a mesmerising swathe through four Blancos defenders to score one of the competition's finest individual goals and put one foot in the final.

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    5% of votes

    Éric Abidal (FC Barcelona) 

    Éric Abidal 

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United FC, 2010/11 final
    Two and a half months after having a cancerous tumour removed from his liver, Abidal was given the honour of raising aloft 'Old Big Ears' at Wembley by regular captain Carles Puyol.

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    5% of votes

    José Mourinho & Paulo Ferreira (FC Porto 2004) 

    José Mourinho 

    Manchester United FC v FC Porto, 2003/04 quarter-final
    As Costinha pounced to fire Porto into the semi-finals late on, a blur flew down the touchline to celebrate with the players in the corner of Old Trafford. José Mourinho had arrived.

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    5% of votes

    Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF 2003) 


    Manchester United v Real Madrid, 2002/03 quarter-final
    Sixty-seven minutes, three goals, one standing ovation, 'O Fenômeno' more than lived up to his nickname. The best was kept for last – a ferocious dipping shot from distance.

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    4% of votes

    Dejan Stanković (FC Internazionale Milano) 

    Dejan Stanković 

    FC Internazionale Milano v Schalke, 2010/11 quarter-final
    With his first touch of the match, in an ultimately losing cause, the Serbia midfielder's sublime halfway-line volley was a goal of rare technical quality, unlikely to be equalled.

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    3% of votes

    Vegard Heggem (Norway) 

    Vegard Heggem 

    AC Milan v Rosenborg BK, 1996/97 group stage
    Milan needed a draw to reach the quarter-finals, but Heggem's majestic header secured a famous 2-1 victory for the Norwegian champions and a place in the last eight.

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    3% of votes

    Roy Keane (Manchester United FC 1999) 

    Roy Keane 

    Juventus v Manchester United FC, 1998/99 semi-final
    "It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen," declared Sir Alex Ferguson after Keane hauled United from two goals down to win 3-2, despite knowing he would miss the final.

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    3% of votes

    Patrick Kluivert (AFC Ajax) 1995 

    Patrick Kluivert 

    AFC Ajax v AC Milan, 1994/95 final
    In a tight final, Kluivert delivered the knockout blow five minutes from time as Ajax's young side, whose average age was just 23, matured before the world's eyes.

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    2% of votes

    Sinan Bolat (R. Standard de Liège) 

    Sinan Bolat 

    R. Standard de Liège v AZ Alkmaar, 2009/10 group stage
    Four minutes into added time and with the Rouches needing a goal to qualify for the UEFA Europa League, keeper Bolat rose to meet an inswinging free-kick with a commanding header.

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    2% of votes

    Dado Pršo (AS Monaco FC 8-3 RC Deportivo La Coruña, 2003) 

    Dado Pršo 

    Monaco v Deportivo La Coruña, 2003/04 group stage
    What better way to celebrate your 29th birthday than by scoring four times in an 8-3 rout in Europe's premier club competition. The one-time car mechanic was at his lethal best.

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    2% of votes

    Lars Ricken (Borussia Dortmund, 1997) 

    Lars Ricken 

    Borussia Dortmund v Juventus, 1996/97 final
    A story to melt even the stoniest heart: the 20-year-old midfielder leapt off the bench to score a sumptuous lob inside 15 seconds for his home-town club and secure a 3-1 victory.

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    2% of votes

    Dejan Savićević (AC Milan, 1994) 

    Dejan Savićević 

    AC Milan v FC Barcelona, 1993/94 final
    'Il Genio' was the star of the 1994 final, laying on Daniele Massaro's first, twice hitting the woodwork and netting a delicious long-range lob to down Barcelona's Dream Team 4-0.

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    1% of votes

    Mauro Bressan (ACF Fiorentina) 

    Mauro Bressan 

    ACF Fiorentina v FC Barcelona, 1999/2000 first group stage
    The kick-start to a 3-3 draw, Bressan's 25-metre bicycle kick from a high, hanging ball encapsulated what the competition has to offer – a supreme goal at the highest level.

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    1% of votes

    Fran (RC Deportivo La Coruña) 


    RC Deportivo La Coruña v AC Milan, 2003/04 quarter-final
    Unable to defend a 4-1 first-leg lead, the shell-shocked visitors could scarcely believe they were out after Fran's deflected shot sent Deportivo through 5-4 on aggregate.

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    1% of votes

    Wynton Rufer (SV Werder Bremen) 

    Wynton Rufer 

    SV Werder Bremen v RCD Anderlecht, 1993/94 group stage
    One of the greatest UEFA Champions League comebacks. Rufer was mobbed after scoring Bremen's fifth late on; his side had been 3-0 down after 65 minutes.

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