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Data Reveals The Most Iconic Champions League Final

380 million people tune in each year to watch the top European football teams battle it out for the infamous champions league title. We’ve seen Late comebacks in Istanbul and underdog stories in Munich, but which of these galactic finals is the fan favourite?

10. Real Madrid 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen 2002 (2.3 Million Views)

At first glance, it might come as a surprise that this matchup ranks so highly on our list of 67 finals, but this game had one of the best champions league goals of all time, if not one of the best football goals of all time. A cross by Roberto Carlos to Zinedine Zidane who half volleys it into the top corner gifting Real Madrid the win. A moment of absolute magic that only Zidane could pull off.


9. Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool 2018 (2.4 Million Views)

The 2018 final saw The Spanish Galacticos meet the English Reds. An early injury to Mohamed Salah, an outrageous overhead kick from Gareth Bale and a disasterclass from the Liverpool goalkeeper Lloris Karius saw Liverpool lose the game 3-1. Real Madrid’s experience and composure were enough to beat Liverpool on that day, but will it be enough in 2022?


8. Inter Milan 2-0 Bayern Munich 2010 (3.2 Million Views)

In style=”color: blue;text-decoration: underline;” this galactico level matchup, the Bundesliga Champions face the Seria A Champions. The Special One José Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 faces up against Louis van Gaal’s 4-2-3-1. Diego Milito scores one in each half to win the game and bring Big Ears to the San Siro to complete the treble for the first time in their history.


7. Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (6-5p) 2008 (3.3 Million Views)

Th style=”color: blue;text-decoration: underline;”e first all-English European final was to feature two of the greatest sides featuring players like Ronaldo, Lampard, Scholes and many more. The first 90 minutes ended one apiece with goals from Ronaldo and Lampard. The game goes all the way to penalties where John Terry famously slips and hits the post, meaning Manchester United finish their season with both the Premier League and The Champions League titles.


6. Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus 2017 (3.6 Million Views)

An Italian team that lost their last 4 champions league finals face A Spanish team that won their last five finals, including the year before (2016). Even with Mandžukić’s world-class overhead kick, it was not going to be Juventus’ day as Ronaldo scores a brace making the score 4-1 to Real Madrid at full time.

Real Madrid would end up winning the Champions League the following year, making them the first team to win it 3 times in 3 consecutive years.


5. Chelsea 1-1 Bayern Munich (4-3p) 2012 (4.7 Million Views)

This was Bayern’s 9th European final and only the second for the tournament underdog Chelsea. To make matters worse for Chelsea, the final was in Bayern Munich’s backyard, The Allianz Arena. The game goes to penalties after a jaw-dropping last-minute equalizer from Didier Drogba to close the game out at 1-1. It also had to be Drogba to score the final penalty to win Chelsea their first-ever champions league final.


4. Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur 2019  (4.9 Million Views)

The second all English final brings a European giant face to face with an up-and-coming newbie. It did not take long for Tottenham to concede a penalty, 25 seconds to be exact, which Salah scores to put Liverpool 1-0 up. Origi makes it 2-0 as Liverpool adds a 6th Champions League Trophy to their cabinet leaving Tottenham on a quest for their first.


3. Barcelona 3-1 Juventus 2015 (5.2 Million Views)

An exciting Juventus squad were to face off against one of the best front lines in world football (Mesi, Suárez, Neymar)  to try to end their champions league final losing streak. Unfortunately for Juventus, even after Morata’s equalizer in the 55th minute, the Barcelona attack would be too much for them as the game would end 3-1 to the Spanish giants.


2. Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal 2006 (6.4 Million Views)

In 2006, the invincible Arsenal faced off against a Barcelona team that missed one of their star players, Lionel Messi, due to injury. An early sending off for the Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann puts arsenal in a tough position for the rest of the game. After an honourable fight from the North London team, Barcelona ends up on top denying Arsenal their first Champions League Trophy as the game ends 2-1 to Barcelona.


1. Liverpool 3-3 Milan (3-2p) 2005 (7.7 Million Views)

Istanbul was witness to the greatest night in Champions League history! A night that both sides will not forget anytime soon. Liverpool go down by 3 goals to 0 in the first half, but it was not over just yet. An early second half goal by Gerrard gives Liverpool the momentum to score two more goals within the span of 6 minutes making the score 3-3. The game goes to penalties and Liverpool completes the greatest comeback in Champions League history.


Real Madrid – Liverpool 2022

9 out of the 10 top viewed finals have included an English or a Spanish team and the 28th of May will feature both as these two European giants will clash for the third time. Liverpool look to avenge the 2019 final, but Real Madrid have not lost a European final for over 40 years. However, the last time they did lose was against The Merseyside Reds Liverpool in 1981!


We sourced all the details for the Champions League finals from Wikipedia and the UEFA official website. We then searched YouTube for the official highlights for each of the games and tallied the number of views for each to be able to rank them according to their view count.

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ITAMilanAtatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey690007700000
2005–06ESPBarcelona2–1ENGArsenalStade de France, Saint-Denis, France796106400000
2014–15ESPBarcelona3–1ITAJuventusOlympiastadion, Berlin, Germany704425200000
2018–19ENGLiverpool2–0ENGTottenham HotspurMetropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain632724900000
GERBayern MunichAllianz Arena, Munich, Germany625004700000
2016–17ESPReal Madrid4–1ITAJuventusMillennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales658423600000
2007–08ENGManchester United1–1
ENGChelseaLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia673103300000
2009–10ITAInter Milan2–0GERBayern MunichSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain734903200000
2017–18ESPReal Madrid3–1ENGLiverpoolNSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine615612400000
2001–02ESPReal Madrid2–1GERBayer LeverkusenHampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland504992300000
2020–21ENGChelsea1–0ENGManchester CityEstádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal[n]141102200000
2003–04PORPorto3–0FRAMonacoArena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany530532100000
2010–11ESPBarcelona3–1ENGManchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London, England876952000000
2012–13GERBayern Munich2–1GERBorussia DortmundWembley Stadium, London, England862981900000
2013–14ESPReal Madrid4–1ESPAtlético MadridEstádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal609761900000
2006–07ITAMilan2–1ENGLiverpoolOlympic Stadium, Athens, Greece630001600000
1999–2000ESPReal Madrid3–0ESPValenciaStade de France, Saint-Denis, France800001500000
2019–20GERBayern Munich1–0FRAParis Saint-GermainEstádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal[l]01400000
1998–99ENGManchester United2–1GERBayern MunichCamp Nou, Barcelona, Spain902451100000
2008–09ESPBarcelona2–0ENGManchester UnitedStadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy624671100000
1991–92ESPBarcelona1–0ITASampdoriaWembley Stadium, London, England70827860000
2015–16ESPReal Madrid1–1
ESPAtlético MadridSan Siro, Milan, Italy71942836000
1967–68ENGManchester United4–1PORBenficaWembley Stadium, London, England92225727000
1993–94ITAMilan4–0ESPBarcelonaOlympic Stadium, Athens, Greece70000722000
1996–97GERBorussia Dortmund3–1ITAJuventusOlympiastadion, Munich, Germany59000715000
1966–67SCOCeltic2–1ITAInter MilanEstádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal45000364000
ITARomaStadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy69693361000
1990–91YUGRed Star Belgrade0–0
FRAMarseilleStadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy56000344000
1979–80ENGNottingham Forest1–0GERHamburger SVSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain51000315000
1980–81ENGLiverpool1–0ESPReal MadridParc des Princes, Paris, France48360305000
1984–85ITAJuventus1–0ENGLiverpoolHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium58000281000
1985–86ROUSteaua București0–0
ESPBarcelonaRamón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain70000257000
1992–93FRAMarseille1–0ITAMilanOlympiastadion, Munich, Germany64400248000
1955–56ESPReal Madrid4–3FRAReimsParc des Princes, Paris, France38239196000
1961–62PORBenfica5–3ESPReal MadridOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam, Netherlands61257191000
ITAJuventusOld Trafford, Manchester, England62315182000
1959–60ESPReal Madrid7–3GEREintracht FrankfurtHampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland127621140000
1972–73NEDAjax1–0ITAJuventusRed Star Stadium, Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia89484139000
1978–79ENGNottingham Forest1–0SWEMalmö FFOlympiastadion, Munich, West Germany57500134000
1956–57ESPReal Madrid2–0ITAFiorentinaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain124000131000
1971–72NEDAjax2–0ITAInter MilanDe Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands61354127000
1981–82ENGAston Villa1–0GERBayern MunichDe Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands46000127000
1957–58ESPReal Madrid3–2ITAMilanHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium67000117000
1976–77ENGLiverpool3–1GERBorussia MönchengladbachStadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy57000116000
1960–61PORBenfica3–2ESPBarcelonaWankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland26732111000
1989–90ITAMilan1–0PORBenficaPraterstadion, Vienna, Austria57558105000
1986–87PORPorto2–1GERBayern MunichPraterstadion, Vienna, Austria57500103000
1977–78ENGLiverpool1–0BELClub BruggeWembley Stadium, London, England92500102000
1970–71NEDAjax2–0GREPanathinaikosWembley Stadium, London, England8317992000
2000–01GERBayern Munich1–1
ESPValenciaSan Siro, Milan, Italy7150089000
1963–64ITAInter Milan3–1ESPReal MadridPraterstadion, Vienna, Austria7133384000
1975–76GERBayern Munich1–0FRASaint-ÉtienneHampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland5486482000
1958–59ESPReal Madrid2–0FRAReimsNeckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany7200079000
1965–66ESPReal Madrid2–1YUGPartizanHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium4674578000
1988–89ITAMilan4–0ROUSteaua BucureștiCamp Nou, Barcelona, Spain9700062000
1962–63ITAMilan2–1PORBenficaWembley Stadium, London, England4571561000
1969–70NEDFeyenoord2–1SCOCelticSan Siro, Milan, Italy5318737000
1997–98ESPReal Madrid1–0ITAJuventusAmsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands4850033000
1973–74GERBayern Munich4–0 (replay)ESPAtlético MadridHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium2332532000
1987–88NEDPSV Eindhoven0–0
PORBenficaNeckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany6800031000
1982–83GERHamburger SV1–0ITAJuventusOlympic Stadium, Athens, Greece7350028000
1974–75GERBayern Munich2–0ENGLeeds UnitedParc des Princes, Paris, France4837425000
1994–95NEDAjax1–0ITAMilanErnst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria4973024000
NEDAjaxStadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy7000016400
1968–69ITAMilan4–1NEDAjaxSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain3178213000
1973–74GERBayern Munich1–1ESPAtlético MadridHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium4872213000
1964–65ITAInter Milan1–0PORBenficaSan Siro, Milan, Italy8900010000


Aviran Zazon

Written by Aviran Zazon

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