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Fresh Gareth Bale Ready for Real Madrid

This summer seems to be a nice change of pace for Gareth Bale.

For the Welshman it has been a great disappointment missing the World Cup. But about 12 months ago, the 25-year-old Gareth Bale has enjoyed a relative anonymity around this time.

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Gareth Bale, getting ready for the new season—–image via: forums.bigsoccer.com

Without the intensity of a transfer saga, the limelight of a glitzy unveiling with a weight of a world –record fee and overwhelming deluge of interview questions, Gareth Bale will have enjoyed a summer a little more like yours or mine over the past couple of months.

The former Tottenham player has seen other scrutinized during their time in Brazil World Cup and has witnessed contemporaries such as Toni Kross and James Rodriguez navigate through the Real Madrid fanfare. Bale also watched opponents and teammates alike endure a tiresome summer. This will have taken both physical and psychological toll for him as the new season arrives.

And finally the end product is a fully fresh, well-rested complete fit Gareth Bale who is ready to take Europe by storm.

The fresh Welshman, Gareth Bale said at the beginning of Real Madrid’s training camp,

” It was really disappointing not being in the Brazil World Cup, but I have had seven weeks of rest and now I can have a full pre-season”.

It was notable that he denied the last summer pre-season. He is now determined to improve his skills and technique. Bale said,

“I want to have an even better season than last year. I want to give more assists and score more goals. I want to improve in every aspect.”

Last season in all competition Gareth Bale contributed 22 goals and 17 assists! So, he definitely capable to improve more…

He said,

“Without pre-season it was tough enough, but this season will be different in the sense. It was a massive change for me, but in time I have become very comfortable here.”

What the Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid are set to witness in 2014-15 season is the Gareth Bale of two seasons ago at White Hart Lane.

They will witness the Bale who left scorch mark all around England soil, smashing 21 league goals as a roaming midfielder, doing so with a combination of sublime skill and explosive power that had rarely been seen previously in the English Premier League.

The Real Madrid has got the Golden Bale who almost burst the netting from 30 yards at West Ham, the Bale who rendered a whole Newcastle United team utterly helpless, the bale who cut the heart out of Manchester united at their home, Old Trafford, the Bale who annihilated Lyon with a simply exquisite pair of free-kicks.

So basically the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez and the coach, Carlo Ancelotti are getting everything right that had been expected from an £85 million player.

And probably more is coming…

Last season, in his opening months in Madrid as a Galactico, Gareth Bale endured a somewhat underwhelming beginning. It is not that much tough to think that some factors were there like his absence in the pre-season due to injuries, difficulties with new home, new culture and new language.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the Duo——image via: www.zimbio.com

In Real Madrid uniform, Bale was forced to adapt on the wing, force to develop chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo in the heat of competition, while Ancelotti tinkered with the team’s systematic approach to accommodate Bale’s talents.

And Gareth Bale had done all of that, despite not playing a full 90 minutes until November arrived. It was a gradual process finding his feet.

It is not hard to find the differences between then and now as the new season arrives. It is a obvious warning sign for the defenders in Spain and across Europe.

“I have become very comfortable here,”

he was telling that most of the time when in California.

Remember his name, Gareth Bale, who scored 22 goals and made 17 assists, assigned a hat-trick in just his 9th La Liga outing and in Copa del Rey who struck some decisive goals and who scored in the Champions league final before he had gotten COMFORTABLE!

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In the Champions League final——–image via: en.africatopsports.com

On Monday, Ancelotti said of Bale,

“He’s doing what he wasn’t able to do last year,”

Despite some charming transfer news with James Rodriguez and Toni Kross in Real, the Welshman will be all around the La Liga and Champions League to be more ferocious.

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Top 10 Richest Football Clubs in 2015

Football is a game of passion; it’s a game of thrill yet excitement. All across the globe the game has earn immense popularity and it is liked by the huge masses of people. In fact Football is considered as the ‘Most popular Sport’ around the world.

The players, the managers and the assistants, the physios and many others contribute to build a team and various football clubs are formed. Each of these clubs comprise of players belonging to different countries, teams, and they step onto the field to compete with each other.

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Today Sporty ghost will focus on the list of Top 10 richest football clubs in 2014. So, just relax and scroll down to have a sneak peak of this list of richest football clubs in 2014.

Top 10 richest football clubs in 2014

10. Liverpool (England)

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Liverpool is a famous football club in England, commonly known as “The Reds”. After establishing 122 years ago, Liverpool F.C is one of the most successful football clubs in England. It remains at no 10 position on our list of top 10 richest football clubs in 2014 with a value of $691 million.

In the 2012/13 season its revenue was $313 million and the operating income was $61 million. The last English Premier League season of 2013/14 made the club qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2008/09.

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9. Juventus (Italy)

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Juventus football club, Fidanzata d’Italia (The Girlfriend of Italy), is the most successful and historic club worldwide. Overall the club have won 56 official titles in the national and international stage, more than any other clubs in Italy. Current value of Juventus is $850 million. In the year 2012/13, the revenue was $354 million.

In the same year the operating income was $66 million. Its not the all of Juventus’s achievement. They have won second consecutive domestic League title and also reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League gathering $85 million more among the top football teams. Juventus remains at 9th position in our list of Top 10 richest football clubs in 2014.

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8. A.C Milan (Italy)

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A.C Milan is the second most successful club in world football in terms of international trophies along with Boca Juniors. The current value of A.C Milan is $856 million and in 2012/13 season with the revenue of $343 million and an operating income of $47 million, it remains in No. 8 position on our list.

However the owner Silvio Berlusconi is thinking to sell a minority stake in the club for raising the fund to build a new stadium.

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7. Manchester City (England)

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Manchester City winning EPL title————image via:www.dailymail.co.uk

In 2008, the club was purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group and has become one of the wealthiest football clubs around the world. They are capable enough to buy quality players from different countries in order to win trophies. The following year, The Citizens won the Premier League title, their first for 44 years.

The club is valued $863 million currently and has remained at 7th on our list. Manchester city has gathered revenue of $411 million with an operating loss of $18 million in the year of 2012/13.

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6. Chelsea (England)

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Since July 2003, the English football club Chelsea, commonly known as “The Blues” has been owned by Russian multimillionaire Roman Abramovich. With a current value of $868 million, Chelsea has gained 6th place in the list of Top 10 richest football clubs in 2014.

For the year of 2012/13 the club had a revenue of $394 million and operating income of $61 million. Other than this, their 10 year-contract with Adidas on kits was worth about $450 million!

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5. Arsenal (England)

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Arsenal, “The Gunners”——-image via: www.bbc.co.uk

Arsenal has one of the highest incomes and largest fanbases in the world. According to Forbes’s 2014 estimation, “the Gunners” was valued by $1.33 billion. The club’s revenue remains $370 million and operating income is $38 million.

In 2012/13 season, Arsenal was qualified for the UEFA Champions League for 16th consecutive year and departed the tournament at the round of 16 for the third consecutive year. Rank 5 has been listed for The gunners on our list.

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4. Bayern Munich (Germany)

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Bayern Munich is one of the most successful European football Clubs internationally. With 23 titles Bayern has been the dominant club in German football. The current value of Bayern Munich is $1.85 billion.

For the year 2012-13, it’s revenue was $561 million and the operating income for the same year was $122 million. Bayern Munich is the second-biggest sports club in the world in terms of membership with 262,077 officially registered members.

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3. Manchester United (England)

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Manchester United, always united——–image via: covermod.com

Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football teams in the world. Current value of Man U is $2.81 billion. With the annual revenue of $551 million, Manchester United is the third richest club on our list.

Their operating income remained $165 million. After an unsuccessful last season, Louis Van Gaal took the responsibility of this club. Lets see what magic will the Dutch coach do…

Also Read: Top 10 highest paid Bundesliga players in 2015

2. Barcelona (Spain)

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FC Barcelona————-image via: www.capolista.info

With a winning of overall 82 official titles, Barcelona is the most successful club in Spain. On December 2009, Barcelona was ranked first in the ‘All-Time Club World Ranking’ by IFFHS. In Spain, the club has a long standing rivalry with Real Madrid and the matches between them are referred as “El Classico”.

FC Barcelona having a current value of $3.2 billion stand at No 2 position on our list of richest football clubs. The club’s revenue was $627 million while the operating income was $154 million in the year of 2012/13. Now, Barcelona are planning to expand their Camp Nou stadium to a capacity of 105,000 from 99,000. The expansion cost will be $800 million.

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1. Real Madrid ( Spain)

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Real Madrid, the real Heroes—————image via: anythingbeautiful.blogspot.com

Now , here we are, the most valuable and richest of all football club. It’s Real Madrid. With a current value of $3.44 billion, Real Madrid is leading our list of Top 10 richest football club in 2014. In the year,2012/13 the club a revenue of $675 million with $172 million operative income.

Real Madrid have established themselves as one of the major force in both Spanish and European football. The club was named “ Best European Club of the 20th Century” by IFFHS. In 2013/14 season, Real Madrid owned UEFA Champions League title for the tenth times. Yes, Real Madrid is the club of honor and glory.

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Champions League: Olympiakos Stuns Atletico Madrid in Athens

Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory last night. Unbelievably their opponent was last year’s Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid. It was quite a dream start for the Greek Champions.

Olympiakos went ahead on 13 minutes at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium. The young French defender Arthur Masuaku found space for a low shot.

The hosts got advantage just after the half hour mark. This time Ibrahim Afellay doubled the score for them.

Also read: Champions League Goal Record for Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Seven minutes before halftime, Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic pulled a goal back. But again the visitors had to fall behind. Kostas Mitroglou got strike at the 73rd minute for Olympiakos. It was his only goal for last ten months.

Just before the last four minutes, Atletico substitute Antoine Griezmann set up another tense finish. It was quite a close-range strike for him. But late enough, as Michel’s team clung on for victory.

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 Olympiakos vs Atletico:

The match opening was a little tentative. Olympiakos went ahead from the first clean chance. Alejandro Dominguez’s short corner was teed up by Afellay for Masuaku. Then just outside the area, Masuaku had to beat Jan Oblak with a superb low strike.

Atletico Madrid fought back sometimes. But striker Mandzukic was wasteful in front of the bar. The La Liga Champions were punished against the run of play. And thereafter, Afellay put the hosts 2-0 ahead.

Dominguez showed a determined run for the goal. Mitroglou just dummied his pass then. Afellay had to finish into the bottom corner clinically.

Suddenly Mandzukic found the target. Atletico clawed their way back into the match. Cristian Ansaldi provided the precise cross head the ball home. Eric Abidal was there, but Mandzukic perfected to escape his attention.

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The hosts restored their two goal lead. This time again Mitroglou. He just superbly controlled Pajtim Kasim’s cross and swiveled past Oblak from close range.

Last time he scored at the World Cup playoff against Romania. That was last November and he was playing for Greece.

Substitute Griezmann struck from Koke’s superb cross. The final few minutes were real nervy. But still the hosts held on to claim the points and celebrations following the final whistle.

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On the lookout during the upcoming footie match

With the Champions League now on the horizon, football enthusiasts can be heard jeering and cheering at their TV screens as the fortnightly qualifying matches began on Tuesday.

Malta VS Estonia

Opening the series of six qualifying matches, Malta’s Hibernians played against Estonia’s FCI Tallinn in the first of such matches, with excitement flooding the atmosphere in bars and in homes. This saw several patrons placing wagers on the outcome of the games, whether opting for the Betfair sportsbook betting offers and the like, or placing discreet bets among each other under the table.

Hibernians scored two goals during the second half of the game, ending the game with 2-0 against their opponents. Hibernians will now put their skills to the test in Estonia on the 4th of July in the second leg of the first qualifying round.

Before that, however, Tuesday’s match was swiftly followed by one between Linfield and La Fiorita on Wednesday night, closing the first leg.

The competition hots up

Thirty-four teams in all will play in the second qualifying round, 29 teams of them that will enter in this round, plus another five who emerged victorious in the first qualifying round. The first leg will be played between the 11th and 12th of July, with the second leg scheduled for the 18th and 19th.

Yet, the areas of congregation for football lovers to celebrate or mourn their favorite teams, namely pubs, restaurants and friends’ living rooms, may expect to feel a slight blow this season; sensing the winds of change in customer behavior in the digital age, sports network Fox Sports announced on Tuesday that it had teamed up with social network site Facebook to live-stream the Champions League matches online, owing to the tendency of internet users to show preference to seek entertainment online rather than through traditional television. Fox Sports, which is owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, added that some matches will be available exclusively on Facebook and Fox Sports GO – meaning that they will not be shown on television.

Fox Sports already creates original online content for Facebook, including a weekly football show. According to Fox, the Champions League deal with Facebook aims to give the games a wider audience.

“Facebook has one of the most social soccer audiences on the web, and this is going to expose the Champions League to fans who aren’t tuning into a game on TV,” David Nathanson, business operations head at Fox Sports said in an interview.

Don’t miss out!

The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final will be played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on 26 May. Whether you are into watching it at home with a few friends, watching in a bar with a few beers, or logging on to place a few bets and try your luck, the Champions League is for sure, one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Be sure not to miss out!

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Real madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missing the Champions League final

Real madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missing the Champions League final

Xabi Alonso will miss the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on the weekend. But explaining in these terms may seem a little harsh. Though the judgment was also poor to make the tackle.

“The rule is not fair at all – it needs to be changed,”

explained Xabi Alonso via Daily Mail.

You have to admit that the foul was unwarranted after the position and the dominance that Real Madrid developed. But you can think of sympathy for such a player who is forced to miss the final occasion.

Xabi Alonso has played, won and scored in European Cup final for Liverpool. He has also graced a World Cup final.

Now there, the biggest problem is for Carlo Ancelotti. Now he has to make replacement for the Spanish. But its another thing that he is not short of midfield options. He believes the combination of attributes will determine the final line-up.

As a matter of fact Sami Khedira is now back from a long term injury. But the Geman is not even a natural replacement for the old Alonso. So Ancelotti would definitely need to reshape the central area.

Real madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missing the Champions League final

At the time, Xabi was injured Khedira and Modric played together in a double pivot. Initially it was hard for them to make up their understanding.

May be by intuition, Luka Modric began to occupy the deep-lying playmaker role. And Khedira could easily maintain his own format. But soon after Alonso coming back, Ancelotti switched to a4-3-3.

Alongside, the brilliant form of Angel Di Maria minimized the sufferings for Madrid at the mid. Defensive record also improved considerably. Pepe and Sergio Ramos played significant. But you can never understate the positional sense of Xabi Alonso.

Real madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso missing the Champions League final

At the base of the triangle, Khedira could play alongside Di Maria with Modric in Lisbon. Asier Illarramendi can be another solution as deepest midfielder and Modric in his natural position. But creativity will lack afterall.

I have a week to decide what my team will be but I am happy because he has played with rhythm and intensity and took up good positions on the pitch. Khedira is coming back from a difficult injury which has kept him out for a long time. we have to take that into consideration.

Ancelotti has always kept faith in the youngstars. Probably it would be the right decision for him to make the replacement with experienced Khedira. And we can always wait to see whether the decision turns right or wrong.

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Champions League Goal Record for Cristiano Ronaldo

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The Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo has already set the Champions League Goal Record for maximum goals in one tournament. The score is already 16 and the one is yet to play another game.

Definitely the Madrid star will look to extend his own record in Lisbon. Cristiano hopes of delivering another Champions League Title for his club along with the Champions League Goal Record extension.

On May 24th, 2014, the Spanish legends will face the present League title winner Atletico Madrid in Lisbon.

This season Ronaldo really started a little different. Now he is in fact very closer to the all-time Champions League Goal Record for a tournament as well. May be the folks around the world are right now talking about him as the best or not.

It may seem a little earlier for us to crown him the world’s best player. But his chronological up gradation is probably the indication that you shouldn’t need to wait that much.

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Gareth Bale, the HERO of European Cup, set for double Wales homecoming this summer

The Welshman, Gareth Bale is set to captain his country against the Netherland before turning out for Real Madrid in UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff in August.

On Saturday night, Gareth Bale wrote his name into European Cup final history as he set Real Madrid on their way to an extra-time victory against Atletico Madrid in the Champions league final.

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Gareth Bale with his signing smile—–image via: www.bbc.co.uk

Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid, the Spanish giant claim their 10th European triumph in his very first season with the club following his staggering £86 million from Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

They all proved wrong, who doubted Bale’s abilities and whether he’d be able to conquer Europe with Real Madrid. Gareth Bale has justified the transfer fee indeed.

Even speaking to Sky Sports after the great victory Gareth Bale told that the price tag means nothing for him. The reason he joined Real was to win big competitions and he achieved that goal.

Real Madrid went on to win the final by 4-1 courtesy of a Marcelo strike and Ronaldo penalty, but it was Gareth Bale who set them on their way.

‘I was thinking do not miss! Literally, do not miss!’

said Bale. When the stakes are high and the pressure is on, Bale’s used to keeping his calm and making his mark. The Real no 11 was the match winners on countless occasion last summer for Tottenham in the Premier League. This Tottenham’s playmaker gave defences nightmares and just he couldn’t stop scoring. Like all the best players, Gareth Bale kept his brilliance look simple.

The 24 year-old was helping Real Madrid 12 month later in claiming their first Champions league win in 12 years. As the big games need big players and Bale is certainly that class of star. Real’s deadly duo of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo had quite a night by their standards. People simply remember Bale’s extra time goal which helped his side to achieve La Decima finally.

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The duo of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo—-image via: www.caughtoffside.com

The former Southampton graduate has come a long way lifting the Champions League trophy. During his first few seasons at White Hart Lane when he was failing to make the desired impact, he was nearly sold by the Spurs. As Bale walked past the coveted trophy with a beaming smile on his face, the feeling of achievement, the sense he was living the dream was clear.

The Welshman showed his class on Saturday and showed the football world just why Real Madrid spent such a vast sum of money in order to secure his services. He is indeed a match-winner. Real Madrid’s prince of Wales has now joined a long luminous list of Real greats-Di Stefano, Raul, Zidane, Ronaldo, Bale.

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Gareth Bale, the flying bird—image via; choibong.vn

This summer Bale will be crowned the King of Wales twice after scoring his extra-time goal  in the Champions League final. Bale jetted straight from Lisbon back to Madrid, will return to his homeland ahead of June 4 friendly with Holland, in Amsterdam. He will be holding the Captaincy for the first time in the absence of Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey.

For the UEFA Super Cup final against Sevilla, Bale is assured of a playing return to Cardiff in August. The final was awarded to Cardiff City Stadium and will be played on August 12.

But, Alas! The superstar misses the big tournament, the FIFA World Cup 2014.

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Top 10 most successful Champions League teams


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Champions league is an annual football club competition which is organized by UEFA (Union of European Football Association). It is the contest among the top football clubs in Europe. UEFA champions league is one of the most significant football tournaments in the world. it is also the most watched sporting event throughout the world. Champions league teams compete each others for the title and it is considered very prestigious for any club in the history of European football.

Champions league starts from mid-July with total 32 teams, which are distributed in eight groups and play each other in a double round-robin system. The group stage games are followed by the knockout phage. In the 2015-16 season of UCL, the knock out stages are knocking at the door starting from 17th February. At this point, Sportyghost team brings to you the list of top 10 most successful champions league teams.

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Top 10 most successful champions league teams:

The Spanish clubs have gathered the highest number  (15) of champions league titles, while English and Italian clubs claimed 12 wins at the champions league final. There are 22 different European clubs which have won the champions league title. Here is the list of top 10 most successful champions league teams. We have arranged them in a chronological manner for your convenience.

1. Real Madrid, Spain

Titles won: 10 (1956-1960, 1966, 1998,2000, 2002, 2014)


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Real Madrid is the most successful team in champions league history. Under Carlo Ancelotti, Real Mardid defeated their city rival Atletico Madrid at the 2014 champions league final to claim the prestigious La Décima. Real Madrid are always known to sign biggest star even in the early 1950s. Legends like Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas were all lured to the Santiago Bernabeu prior to today’s stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

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Real Madrid celebrates La Decima—–image via: Flickr/El Coleccionista de Instantes

Their most famous champions league victory came in 1960 final against Frankfurt, when Alfred Di Stefano scored a hat-trick and led the team in a 7-3 victory. Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskas also netted four goals in that match. However, the Spanish side had to wait more than thirty years since 1966 to regain the champions league title. The Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the current top goal scorer (88) in the champions league history. In this record, Cristiano kept behind another Real Madrid legend Raul, who scored 71 goals in his 142 UCL appearances.

Key players: Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Raul Gonzales, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Also Read: Top 10 Highest goalscorers in UCL

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2. AC Milan, Italy

Titles won: 7 (1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007)

AC Milan have proved to be a dominant force in the UEFA Champions league title-run with their seven European triumphs. The Italian club was crowned with the champions league glory for the first time in 1963, while they defeated Benfica by 2-1. They again claimed their title in 1969 Champions league final against AFC Ajax in a glorious 4-1 win. AC Milan had to pass some rough time then following financial difficulties. Soon, they returned to the tract in late 1980s. as soon as they got the balance, AC Milan signed Dutch trio of Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard. With these striking forces, AC Milan reclaimed their title in 1989 against Steaua Bucharest and the following year against Benfica.

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AC Milan in 2003 UCL——–image via: Wikimedia/Soccer illustrated

Then four years later in 1994, AC Milan won their fifth title defeating the Spanish giant Barcelona by 4-0. The team was heavily influenced by the great Paolo Maldini. He played total 902 official matches for AC Milan. Maldini led AC Milan to 2003 UCL title by defeating domestic rivals Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford stadium in England. The club’s 7th title came in 2007 against Liverpool by the courtesy of Filippo Inzaghi. They defeated the Reds in by 2-1. AC Milan is one of the top teams in champions league.

Key players: Gianni Rivera, Marco Van Basten, Paolo Maldini, Andriy Shevchenko.

Also read: Top 10 famous Italian football players in history

3. Barcelona, Spain

Titles won: 5 (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015)

Barcelona is at no. 3 in the list of Top 10 most successful champions league teams. FC Barcelona have been graced by many famous footballers like Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Michael Laundrup, Rivaldo, Romario. In the recent era of football, the Spanish side is flourishing with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr, Andres Iniesta, and Dani Alves like superstars. The team won their first ever champions league title in 1992 under Johan Cruyff as a coach. The Catalans defeated Sampdoria at the 1992 European Cup final with their Dream team which includes Pep Guardiola, Jose Mari Bakero, Ronald Koeman, Michael Laundrup and Romario. Johan Cruyff became the most successful manager during that period of time.

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FC Barcelona Winning titles—-image via: Wikimedia/Christopher Johnson

The Spanish giant then waited 14 long years to regain their glory in the champions league. This time, Frank Rijkaard paved the way to the 2-1 victory over English club Arsenal in the final of 2006 UEFA Champions league. Under new manager and former Barca player Pep Guardiola, Barcelona adopted a new style of playing football, known as “tiki-taka”. With a strong midfield presented by Xavi and Iniesta, they demolished the English giant Manchester United by 2-0 in 2009 and again in 2011 by 3-1. In the 2014-15 season, Barcelona became the only football team in the history of European football to win the treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA champions league) , the club’s 2nd in 6 years span. They beat Juventus by 3-1 in the 2015 Champions league final. Lionel Messi is always the key player for the Barcelona. Barcelona are undoubtedly one of the champions league top teams and they are most favourite in 2016 UEFA champions league.

Key players: Johan Cruyff, Michael Laundrup, Rivaldo,  Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez.

Also read: Barcelona’s match preview in 2014-15 UCL Finals

4. Bayern Munich, Germany

Titles won: 5 (1974-1976, 2001, 2013)

Bayern Munich enjoyed a golden period during the mid 1970s in the champions league. They won the titles for consecutive three times from 1974 to 1976. Players like Franz Beckenbauer, Germ Muller and Sepp Maier led Bayern Munich to their hat-trick champions league titles. The German legendary footballer Gerd Muller scored total 18 goals during that period.

Since then, Bayern Munich waited 25 years to taste the glory of winning champions league again. Captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was the hero of 2001 Champions league final when Bayern defeated Valencia on penalties. Then in 2013, Bayern Munich grabbed their fifth champions league title defeating their domestic rival Borussia Dortmund by 2-1 at Wembley stadium. Bayern Munich is one of the most successful champions league teams in this list.

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Key players: Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Oliver Kahn, Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben.

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5. Liverpool, England

Titles won: 5 (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005)

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Trophy case of Liverpool—–image via: Wikimedia/Sanjiva Persad

Liverpool is the most successful English club in the champions league title run. They have won more European and domestic trophies than any other English club. Liverpool was the most dominant and most successful team in champions league during 1970s and 1980s. The team was glorified by the Scottish greats like Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness. They were the key players in the club’s European success during that time. However, Liverpool won their most memorable victory in the UCL on 25th May, 2005 in Istanbul in a match against AC Milan. It was a heart-throbbing match. AC Milan was ahead of the game by 3-0 at half-time and it seemed tough enough to touch the trophy for the Reds. Then with the help of captain Steven Gerrard, Liverpool staged an almighty comeback to level the game by 3-3 scoring three in just six minutes. The game ended in penalties and Liverpool shocked the world by winning their 5th champions league title.

Key players: Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Steven Gerrard, Roy Evans.

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6. AFC Ajax, Netherlands

Titles won: 4 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995)

AFC Ajax is at no. 6 in our list of top 10 most successful champions league teams. With 33 Eredivisie titles, AFC Ajax is the best Dutch club in Europe. The Dutch are the pioneer of “Total Football”. It was firstly introduced by the legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. He is considered as the best dutch footballer of all-time.

AFC Ajax reached their apex of success in the early 1970s by winning three consecutive champions league titles from 1971-1973. They paved the way for the future great sides like FC Barcelona and AC Milan with their relentless attacking attitude. Johan Cruyff was the original conductor of Ajax’s unparallel success. However, the Amsterdam side had to wait 22 long years for their 4th European title and became the last homegrown team to win the champions league. Frank De Boer, Ronald De Boer, Edwin Van Der Sar came to join the club through Ajax youth system. Another dutch legend Patrick Kluivert along with his teammates grabbed the decisive winner against Milan in the final of 1995 champions league. Ajax are 4th among the top 10 most successful champions league teams in this list.

Key players: Johan Cruyff, Frank Rijkaard, Johan Neeskens, Patrick Kluivert.

7. Inter Milan, Italy

Titles won: 3 (1964,1965, 2010)

Italian club Inter Milan has spent it’s entire footballing life under the shadow of AC Milan. But, their influence at the European level was never underestimated. The Nerazzurri won two European titles in the mid 60s. Footballers like <a href="https://en generic cialis lilly.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Suárez_(footballer,_born_1935)” target=”_blank”>Luis Suarez, Giancinto Facchetti and Sandro Mazzola contributed their best in Inter Milan’s champions league title.

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The manager, Helenio Herrera adopted “Catenaccio” formation of 5-3-2, which allowed Inter to bring back wingers as opposed to the defensive minded full backs. The formation ensured Facchetti to become one of the best players at that time.

Then after a long interval, manager Jose Mourinho inspired the Milanese to win their 3rd champions league title in 2010. They defeated Bayern Munich by 2-0 in the final and became one of the top teams in champions league.

Key players: Giacinto Facchetti, Luis Suarez, Wesley Sneijder, Diego Milito

8. Manchester United, England

Titles won: 3 (1968, 1999, 2008)

One of the most tragic events in football history took place in 1958 when Munich Air disaster claimed the number of Manchester United players, including the young promising footballer Duncan Edwards. It took years to rebuild the team. Finally they gathered Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law under one tent and started their triumph race in the champions league. In 1968 European league’s final, the red devils defeated Eusebio’s Benfica and lifted the crown for the first time.

Then in 1999, after 30 years, Manchester United got their hand on champions league trophy again. United met Bayern in the final and were a goal down within the first five minutes of the game. After leading the match for more than 85 minutes, Bayern was stunned by two injury time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Solskjaer respectively. They took ManU to the 2nd  Champions league title. The dramatic win was one of the most memorable events in football history.

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Manchester United in 1999 UCL—-image via: Wikimedia/Seán Murray

Nine years later, in 2008 they beat their domestic rivals Chelsea on penalties and claimed 3rd Champions league title. The club’s success was mostly contributed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently the highest goal scorer in the champions league.

Key players: Boby Charlton, George Best, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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9. FC Porto, Portugal

Titles won: 2 (1987, 2005)

FC Porto is the most successful Portuguese football club. They lifted their 1st champions league trophy in 1987. The Portuguese side’s 2-1 victory came against the German club Bayern Munich. Their next title came in 2005 under the guidance of Jose Mourinho who made Porto a eminent football club.

 In the 2005 champions league final Porto were least favourite than the French side FC Monaco, who were in a good shape throughout the tournament. The Mourinho’s side ran out 3-0 winners against Monaco and claimed their 2nd title. FC Porto stands at no. 9 in our list of top 10 most successful champions league teams.

Key players: Ricardo Carvalho, Deco, Maniche.

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10. Juventus, Italy

Titles won: 2 (1985, 1996)

The Italian Serie a side put an end to dominance of Liverpool in 1985. It was their best team ever, which was consisted of Paolo Rossi, Zbigniew Boniek, Marco Tardelli, and Michel Platini. Giovanni Trapattoni led the Juves to win the final against Liverpool by 1-0, where Platini’s penalty was the winning one. Juventus became the first time in the history to win the champions league, despite being the top in serie A along with AC Milan for decades.

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Platini and Maradona in one frame——image via: Wikimedia/Unknown

11 years later, Juventus again came back with new form of energy and met Dutch side AFC Ajax in 1996 final. The juves won on penalties after the match drew by 1-1 in 120 minutes. Alessandro del Piero was the most influential player for the Juves. They also reached the final in 2015 champions league, where they were defeated by the current champion FC Barcelona. Juventus is one of the best clubs in champions league.

Key players: Michel Platini, Alessandro Del Piero, Andre Pirlo.

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Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players in 2016

The top-tier English professional soccer league for football clubs associated with the Football Association (FA) is commonly termed as Premier League. Undoubtedly it is one of the most watched and most anticipated leagues in the world of club football, which is also contested between 20 Premier division clubs in England. Sheer competition between clubs ranking first, sometimes unwantedly getting into the bottom of the league table, makes Premier league so exciting and must talk for the total football world. This league is also known as the Barclays Premier League as it is sponsored by the Barclays Bank in England. But most often referred to as the English Premier League (EPL) for the rest of the world. This Football League First Division was also broken down and renamed the FA Premier League once.

The Premier League has established itself as the most-watched league in the world with its broadcasts in 212 countries, successfully counted 643 million homes and 4.7 billion audience all over the world.

Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players:

The most watched Premier League of course draws huge amount of money in every aspect related with it. With extreme competition, support and scope of football in England, top players come in during the summer and winter transfers to experience greater footballing platform. Some of these most renowned players are incredibly paid for their skill, talent and passion they demonstrate on the pitch of Premier League. Teams need to spend millions to have their players of choice transferred to their club.

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Here we are making out a short list of these highest paid Premier League Players in 2016. Depending on a very recent payment statistics, we are only counting those top 10 highest paid Premier League Players currently playing for giant clubs of English Premier League 2016.

Let’s check out, who is the highest paid Premier League Player in 2015?

10. John Terry – Chelsea – £160 000 per week

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John Terry is considered as one of the most successful captains in English club football. Basically he plays for Chelsea FC and the English national team. After being introduced by the West Ham youth Academy, he moved to Chelsea in 1995. John Terry has an estimated weekly earning of £160 000 from the London Club.

The most earning Premier League footballer had already won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League in his glorious career so far. He is also the highest-scoring defender in the Premier League history. So, in total, John Terry is our 10th cast as of the top 10 highest paid Premier League Players 2016.

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9. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £170 000 per week

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Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium National Football Team. He is quite recent addition to the highest paid Premier League players in 2016, often described as one of the best modern day playmakers in the sporting arena.

De Bruyne began his career at Genk and was recently signed with the City for his wide range of passing and long-range shooting skills. Most notably he was named the footballer of the year 2015 in Germany. He joined Manchester City for a club record £55 million and now receives £170 000 a week as salary.

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08. Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea – £170 000 per week

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Yes, of course the number on his back is familiar, but the soccer player’s career is a bit changed now a days with Chelsea. Watching Fabregas in blue shirt will take some time, getting used to. But may be the midfielder is not willing long to underline why Mourinho has brought the coup of the summer with that much passion.

From the Chelsea view point, Fabregas was cheaper than (£27 million) Alexis Sánchez, Diego Costa, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. Yet Fabregas returns to England with 151 appearances under his belt with Barcelona. Notably he has also attained 91 most valuable caps for Spain National Team. And so the payment is not that cheap. His weekly estimated earning is about £170 000 from the London Club, which ranks him at number 7 of the highest paid football players of EPL 2016.

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7. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £180 000 per week

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Raheem Sterling | image credit – Wikimedia/md.faisalzaman

Raheem Shaquille Sterling is an English professional footballer, plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the England National Team. We consider him at seventh in our list of top 10 highest paid Premier League players in 2016. He was awarded ‘Golden Boy’ for 2014 from a pan-European panel of sports journalists. He was also remarked as the most valuable (with a value of €49 million) young player in Europe 2015.

Sterling started his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. But last year he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million. This is actually highest transfer fee for any English Player in 2016. Now he receives £180 000 a week from Manchester City.

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06. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – £190 000 per week

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German midfielder Mesut Ozil plays for the Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team. Last season he was moved from the Spanish giant club Real Madrid to English Premier League. Mesut Ozil started out his professional football career at Schalke in 2006 and has been playing for his country since 2009. His estimated weekly earning is £190 000 from Arsenal in 2016.

After the prolific displays in the World Cup competition, he was attracted by Real Madrid in 2010. Again, he was transferred to Premier League club Arsenal on a club-record fee of £42.5 million, which eventually makes him the highest paid German footballer of all time. Ozil, ranks at number 9 of this list of highest paid Premier League players in 2016.

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5. David Silva (Manchester City) – £200 000 per week

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David Silva | image credit – Wikimedia/Илья Хохлов

David Josué Jiménez Silva is a Spanish professional soccer player, plays for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Spain National Football team. Mainly David Silva is an attacking midfielder, but he can also adjust as a winger or second striker. Here we keep him at fifth in our list of top 10 best paid Premier League Players in 2016.

The predominantly left-footed footballer spent six years of his professional career with the Spanish La Liga club Valencia CF. in 2010 summer he was moved to the English richest football club Manchester City. He has been awarded as ‘Merlin’ for his passing ability and possession-retaining qualities.

After joining the City, David Silva has appeared in over 200 matches in five seasons, winning Premier League title, Football League Cup and FA cup. Now a time, Silva receives £200 000 a week from Manchester City.

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04. Eden Hazard – Chelsea – £220 000 per week

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Eden Hazard is undoubtedly one of the finest attacking midfielders in the English Premier League 2016. He plays as a winger for his club and the Belgium national team. He is also well known for his creativity, speed and technical abilities. The highest earning Premier League footballer has another specification, he is regarded as one of the finest dribblers in Premier League football of his generation.

Eden Hazard started out his professional football career at Stade Brainois. He departed the French club in 2012 for the Premier League side Chelsea in 2012. The recorded transfer fee was £32million for the most valuable midfielder in the world. He made his senior debut in 2008, only at the age of 17. His weekly earning clearly remarks his position in the list of highest paid Premier League players 2016.

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03. Yaya Toure – Manchester City – £240 000 per week

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Yaya Toure is a complete deep-lying central midfielder, who plays for the Manchester City. He is very well known for his clear passing techniques and his physical presence on the field. The Ivorian international started his footballing career at ASEC Mimosas. He was also found playing with other top teams in Europe.

Because of his great on-field presence Toure signed to the Barcelona side in 2007 for a fee of £6.7 million. We all can remember that historic year of Barcelona with six trophies. Then he was signed for the Premier League side Manchester City in 2010 for a fee of £24 million. Currently he is paid £240 000 per week from the Premier League Club and that makes him the 4th most paid Footballer in EPL 2016.

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02. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – £240 000 per week

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Argentine National Team football player Sergio Aguero plays as a striker for the Premier League Club Manchester City. The youngest player to ever play Argentine Premiera Division, he represented his nation at the World Cup as well. He started his professional footballing career at Independiente, then to the La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2006. Having won the Europa League and Super Cup for the Spanish club, he was transferred to one of the richest football clubs in the world, Manchester City in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee (around £35 million).

Aguero is Manchester City’s highest-scoring player in European competitions with 13 goals so far. He is currently on a salary of £240 000 a week as his contract with the English Club. And that makes him the 6th highest paid football player in the English Premier League 2016.

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01. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – £260 000 per week

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Wayne Rooney is undoubtedly one of the best stars in English football. He is well known as Wazza and plays for the Manchester United side in the English Premier League. He came here for a fee of £25.6 million from Everton in 2004. Scoring more than 200 goals for the team, he ranks fourth in Manchester United’s all-time highest goal scorers.

The English superstar started out his professional footballing career for his nation in 2003. The prolific striker already has 88 caps for the national side and is paid £260 000 per week from Manchester United. Together with several other endorsement deals he is the highest paid Premier League player in 2016. His name is also to be found at higher orders in highest paid football players list in the world 2016..

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Stopping Messi Won’t Be Enough for Juventus

Lionel Messi is quite unstoppable. If you saw the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, it was none but Leo who spun away from three athletic defenders surrounding him and then jinked three more challenges before slamming the ball into the net. If Juventus want to win the champions league title, they must have to stop him in Berlin. Stopping Leo wouldn’t be enough for Juventus, as they also have to keep eyes on Neymar and Suarez.

Before semi-final of Champions League, Bayern Munich coach and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola mentioned that it was quite impossible to defend against Leo Messi. To deal with Messi, Guardiola organized the front three and packed men in the midfield by pressing high up the pitch. The changing move was widely criticized and someone called it even ‘suicidal’. It was a kind of gamble which has made a certain kind of sense in this regard.

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Guardiola is man of plan. He seems to have reasoned. He probably recalled how his Barca side struggled against Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic. So, he made up his mind to pack the midfield and pressure the ball early with a hope perhaps his Bayern could cut off the supply to the front line.

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Pep Guardiola’s plan didn’t work this time. He was forced to change the tactics after 15 minutes of the first leg in semi. It turned out that, Barcelona weren’t flustered at all by being pressed. Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic were delighted in sliding passes into the space behind Bayern’s defense line for Suarez, Messi and Neymar.

Bayern fell back deeper after that despite being able to control the ball possession. Guardiola’s side were beaten brutally by 3-0.

Juventus simply don’t have to concern about dominating the ball possession. Their only plan would be to drop deep in the field, pack men into midfield and look to make everything as congested in their defense as possible. Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez will be waiting for a counter attack as a front runner.

The ploy worked for Internazionale against Barcelona in 2010 Champions League semi-final and also for Chelsea against Barca at the same stage in 2012. But, since then Barcelona has evolved much and hopefully the plan wouldn’t be beneficial this time. Juventus striker Tevez will have a big role to play in the final.

The new Barcelona may not adapt the idea of Total Football which was implanted at the club by Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels. But, Barcelona will certainly be less prone to being frustrated by the packed defences. Barca’s front three dribble are encouraged to devastate all kind of defenses with the “MSN” (Messi, Suarez, Neymar). Back in the 2011/12 season, Messi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez completed an average of 4.1 dribbles per Champions League match. According to WhoScored.com, in this season of Champions league, Messi, Neymar and Suarez have completed an average of 12 dribbles per game.

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When the opponent is masked a defensive cover, rather than pass their way into space, Barcelona always have the capacity to beat the defenders with a trick. Each member of Barca’s front three has the ability to take two or three defenders out of the game easily with a moment of individual brilliance. The front line of Barcelona is so high profiled that it makes them extremely hard to defend against in any situation of the game.

Juventus would likely to play with a diamond shaped midfield in the final match. Barcelona have two full-backs, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves, who will be independent in pushing on and overlapping whenever they feel like it. And here is the real problem. Juventus may find a way to stop Leo Messi, but it doesn’t mean they will be able to stop Barcelona.

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Barcelona’s Previous Four Champions League Titles

In a very short time, Barcelona will face Juventus at the final of Champions League 2015 in Berlin. All the FCB fans all around the world will definitely hope for a fifth time triumph for their supported club. Of course the opposition is also pretty much talented. So, the Catalans need to be at their very best for prestigious treble along with the fifth UCL trophy.

Barcelona have already achieved four Champions Leagues in history. Twice in London and once both in Paris and Rome. Here we are going to look back those previous four Champions league Titles for Barcelona.

Previous Four Champions League Titles:

4. Wembley (992)

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This was Barcelona’s first time European Cup victory at Wembley in 1992. And the night must be remembered Ronald Koeman’s wonder strike, which brought them the glory of winning Champions League title.

This was another Italian Club named Sampdoria. They brought their best defense against the Catalans, but not enough for Fausto Pari in Barca. Many refers that as the dream team for Barcelona. But we should never forget to mention the master class side of Vujadin Boskov.

The Dutchman Koeman found just about the only place that keeper Gianluca Pagliuca couldn’t reach at the late moments put the end of that memorable story.

3. Paris (2006)

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The second of Barcelona’s four Champions League Titles took a little longer to come. After exactly fourteen years in Paris they got to another title, which was against Arsenal. Though the scenario was quite different than the past experience for the Catalans.

Arsenal were taking for much of the final. Robert Pires sacrificed for the substitute goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. However, Barcelona struggled for any sort of consistency in the first 45 minutes. And then Sol Campbell headed surprise for the Gunners.

They also replaced Edmilson with Andres Iniesta and Henrik Larsson with Mark van Bommel. Both the substitutes brought enough effort to bring the Catalans their second Champions League victory.

2. Rome (2009)

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This was the first time Barcelona felt the glory of winning a treble in their club history. They arrived in Rome in such quest which was in fact the first time for any Spanish side. But you can feel the difficulty especially against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. The English giants were also seeking for a history of making back-to-back Champions League titles.

Manchester United would provide tough opposition with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes in their side. The Catalans simply didn’t get going until a stroke of luck saw Samuel Eto’o beating Nemanja Vidic. The goal seemed to lift Barca. In fact after that Lionel Messi also sent his looping header goalwards to end the game.

Even Iniesta and Thierry Henry had to play their parts with injury doubts. Carles Puyol too defended like his life depended on it and the Catalans ran out worthy Champions League winners.

1. Wembley (2011)

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I think, many of you readers have not yet forgotten this specific event in great Wembley stadium 2011. As Manchester United just got the chance to avenge only after two more seasons. In fact it was their home soil. Barcelona of course had fond memories of victory with the venue.

This time Barcelona side was even better than they had been in 2009. They grew stronger with so many talented footballers with them. It was one of the great final performances in many a year. Alex Ferguson had to say –

“They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced”

Per Dominic Fifield of the Guardian.

Truly it was a great moment for the Catalans. Probably they deserved the fourth title of Champions League. People would definitely acknowledge that those Barcelona boys may have played the game right way.

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Barcelona Won Champions League Final 2015 as a Worthy Side

It was well known for everyone that Juventus would be seen as underdogs against Barcelona in Champions league Final 2015. Probably the moment, they secured their place in the final, they could have felt the strength of Luis Enrique’s side. Anyone who watched the match live, will definitely appreciate Juventus for their efforts for the trophy. They played very well, in fact throughout the whole League. May be it wasn’t enough to defeat the most powerful football team in Europe.

Definitely the Bianconeri have enjoyed unrivaled dominance in Serie A. Even they could also distinguish themselves from the very best side of La Liga. Yet, they were supplied enough confidence, especially after their win over another La Liga giant Real Madrid in the semifinal. Probably they were determined to give a good account of themselves in Berlin.

“We started out with the important aim of getting into Europe’s top eight. Now we’ll look to finish first”

–          as per coach Massimiliano Allegri.

He was also trying to have a second thought of not just stopping Barcelona. He tried to build his own way of play to win the Champions League final 2015. Everyone knew, the game will never finish goalless.

Barcelona vs Juventus: Champions League Final 2015

The first shock was determined for Juventus. It was even before the game started. They had to endure the loss of Giorgio Chiellini to injury just a few days earlier. Coach Allegri mentioned of this problem earlier and finally it was proven, when Andres Iniesta ran unchecked into the box and linked up with Jordi Alba.

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It was quite a superb pass by the Barcelona skipper. And Ivan Rakitic footed past a helpless Gigi Buffon the first lead. Vidal had the chance to equalize and missed. The Chilean eventually received a yellow card for a foul on Neymar. Buffon continued excellent stops. In fact the Catalan side were unfortunate enough, not to get another advantage into the half-time.

After the break, it was again the Juventus captain, who made another unbelievable stop from Luis Suarez. Then, when the Spanish champions seemed set to be winners, Juventus came storming back into the game. Claudio Marchisio sent Lichtsteiner away down the right, while the full-back finding Carlos Tevez with a neat pass of his own.

Alvaro Morata reacted quickest, tapping in the rebound to net his fifth goal in his last seven Champions League matches. The former Real Madrid star enjoying his strike to the fullest.

Juventus stood toe-to-toe with Barcelona for the next few minutes. It seemed like they also deserve the Europian Title. Some of the moments were really crucial for the Catalans to keep calm. The Italians hardly reflected on that time that their opponents will net twice more to win the Champions League Final 2015.

Juventus truly have a very poor record in European Cup finals. They have just won twice in eight appearances. Supporters may have blamed for such worthless accomplishment after reaching this stage. It will take time for the pain of defeat to ease. But all must acknowledge, this was undoubtedly a remarkable campaign for the Italian side.

They need to focus on feature. Morata perhaps summed up the situation best, speaking to Sky Italia immediately after the game –

“This is a great squad, a great family and we must continue working hard. This team has no limits, it can win the Champions League and the directors are working to build an even stronger side”

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UCL 2015 Final: Barcelona’s Triumph Built on Teamwork

It is very charming to watch Lionel Messi playing football at his own pace. You will forget other 10 men on the pitch while watching Leo in action. The Argentine captain is so mesmeric and marvelous. In the champions league final, there was a beautiful Leo Messi move, where he float forward, making an one-two exchange with Neymar and Suarez, before striking the ball an inch wide of the top left corner of the post. Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon was turning his head, with his heart in his mouth, in order to see the ball heading in or over.

Neymar and Suarez, the cunning forward were perfectly in sync with what Lionel Messi was trying to do. After Messi’s goal that won Barca La Liga, two other goals that won them Copa del Rey, everybody thought it will be none but Lionel Messi’s goal would make the difference in Barcelona vs Juventus UCL Final 2015 .

UCL 2015 Final: Barcelona vs Juventus

And of course Leo was the key in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the UCL 2015 Final. Lionel Messi was the prime catalyst for the Barca’s first goal by kicking a pinpoint-accurate ball from the deep to Jordi Alba’s feet on the left of the penalty area. Then Ivan Rakitic flashed his shot across Buffon and into the net. But it was Lionel Messi who started the move. Jordi Alba, Neymar and the brilliant Iniesta put their contribution to the ball, with the latter finally bursting into the penalty box at the perfect moment to square it for Ivan Rakitic.

UCL 2015 Final: Barcelona’s Triumph Built on Teamwork, lionel messi
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Every players of Barcelona played their respective part to perfection in that game. With Neymar’s superbly timed pass for Iniesta and everyone’s contribution was just amazing. The goal was to be considered as a team-goal out of several perfect individual actions. All other 10 outfield players touched the ball in building up that goal.

Barcelona has become strongest with bundles of talented players. Barca goal keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has produced some matured display all through the Champions League as well as La Liga. Dani Alves. On other hand, has turned to be a big match boy, by putting consistently impressive displays, especially in big important games. And Gerard Pique has been quite outstanding for past few months, while Javier Mascherano has shut down his doubters both on the pitch and out of it.

Jordi Alba has proved to be wonderfully consistent in his playing, with his streak down the pitch to set up a goal for Neymar in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey win over Althletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. Sergio Busquets has been showing supreme confidence throughout the season.

For Andres Iniesta, it has been a tough campaign as Barcelona’s approach seemed top-heavy before turning the year. However, it was Andres Iniesta who was awarded the man of the match in the Champions league final. As an assistant for Rakitic’s goal and two other mind blowing passes, and doing some extraordinary ball distribution, it was only Iniesta to be awarded the man of match.

Then, time for Xavi came, he entered replacing Iniesta when Barcelona was struggling to control the game despite 2-1 lead. When Iniesta left the pitch, putting the captain’s armband on Xavi, and telling him to go on and bring the cup him in his final match for the club, it was a memorable moment to see.

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Xavi did his duty, winning his 25th trophy for Barcelona in 17-long season career. Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has used Xavi consistently as a substitute. The commander of the match came right at the moment when Barcelona looked to be pressurized. Xavi did exactly what a perfect captain would do in that situation of the game.

Ivan Rakitic was the first man to score in this vital game. Rakitic was actually the can-opener and it’s not the first time this season. He was the opening goal-scorer for Barcelona on five other occasions this season. When the attackers have been locked down, Ivan Rakitic is the man upon whom everyone can depend. But, that doesn’t happen frequently, when Messi, Suarez and Neymar are playing in one team. The MSN triad have scored an unbelievable 122 goals so far in all competitions this season, which has become a record for an attacking trident in Spanish football.

Barcelona emphasized the “team” nature for the victory in the UCL 2015 Final. The team was consisted of Claudio Bravo (the Zamora trophy winner), Jeremy Mathieu (first goal in the Clasico) and many more talents, enough to be the best among all European clubs.

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Barcelona are the Owner of modern-day Champions League

After proving so hard to defeat all through the Champions League, the Barcelona players found it hard to take it all in. Having a 3-1 victory over Juventus in Berlin’s Olympiastadion, there had an air of disbelief about what they had achieved, which added an obvious joy and sense of vindication to the whole Barcelona team.

It is Andres Iniesta, whom you would think by now had seen it all. Literally, Iniesta had won it all. Iniesta began,

“Six years ago we thought that winning a treble again was unrepeatable. But, we did it this time and it makes your hair stand on end when you think back and see how much lucky you guys are to see winning everything. “

The new generation of Barcelona own the modern Champions League in the way their great rivals at Real Madrid owned the old European Cup. Barcelona have long been the benchmark for the European Championship and the reference point. Right now, they have again re-asserted that status. This is not just their second treble in the space of six years, as Andres Iniesta mentioned, but also their fourth Champions League in nine seasons.

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That consistency is unmatched since the European Cup was rebranded and restructured in 1992. Actually, it is the longest spells of continuous success for Barcelona in its 60 years of existence. There are hardly any that can match that level of success.

This is certainly something hard to achieve. The chronological evolution and extreme success of this bunch of players was only emphasized by the order in which they emerged from the dressing room, after almost two hours of joyful celebration.

Ivan Rakitic was the first man coming out, who also scored the first goal in that final and so energetically introduced fresh impetus and proper direction to his team throughout the season. The Croatian has sped things up by releasing the rampage of attack more frequently. Rakitic shared his first Champions League medal with his young daughter, while both Luis Suarez and Neymar clearly wanted to share their first successes in the Champions league with their children too.

Next, the three-time champion Dani Alves came out with joyful bopping of his body along with the sound of music, which was coming from a set of speakers he was carrying. The joy was a reflection of his great success who had rediscovered his mojo this season along with many other players.

Then, the magnificent Leo Messi came to the arena carrying his son in one arm. He then switched his boy to other in order to shake the hand of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, whom he had spotted chatted to Italian media. Messi had shown a great sportsmanship to go with his place at the apex of the sporting world.

The Champions league trophy was then carried out by no other than one man, the captain Xavi. He held one arm of the prized piece of hardware, while the other arm was held by his long-time midfield partner Sergio Busquets. The other one of that fantastic central midfield trio Andres Iniesta said,

“The picture of Xavi leaving with the Champions League trophy in his arm is the most beautiful one for a footballer like him.”

There is one person who was assuredly striding out at the back of it all and he is Gerard Pique. He mentioned how Barcelona had “suffered” in the final when it went on to 1-1 following Morata’s goal. But Pique felt that the Morata score only brought out the spirit to the team that has sparked a treble season. The Barcelona team have rediscovered the motivation with so many talents, is the most remarkable aspect of all, especially from a historical point of view. All

Assuredly striding out at the back of it all, as ever and as he had done in this final, was Gerard Pique. He talked about how the team had “suffered” in the final, using some choice language about when it went to 1-1 following Alvaro Morata’s goal, but felt that the Morata score only brought out the spirit and defiance that has sparked a treble season. All three trophies of Barcelona’s treble are on the top of the display during their double-decker bus parade in Barcelona. It was quite a picture to capture and the Barca fans will remember it for long time.

While Real Madrid won five European Cups between 1955 and 1966, there were four key players who were involved in the first to last season with the team. Then came Liverpool, winning four titles between 1977-1984, having only one such player. In Milan’s triple between 1989-1994, there were six players with that potential. And with Barcelona, the number is seven.

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Top 10 Goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time

The UEFA Champions League is one of the top football competitions in the world. The tournament is simply known as the Champions League. It is largely organized by the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) since 1955 and is regarded as the most prestigious football competition in Europe. The competition was officially known as European Champion Clubs’ Cup prior to 1992, when it was initially a straight knock out competition, which was opened only to the champion club of each European country. Afterwards the Champions League began to be expanded including a round-robin group stage and more teams.

The UEFA Champions League has able to draw huge popularity throughout the world. Most notably, the 2012-13 Champions League final achieved the status of most watched annual sporting event in the world, which drew over 360 million television viewers in 2013.

10 Goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time:

The Sporty Ghost desk, hereby took an initiative to enlist the top 10 goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time. Footballers all over the world in their respective clubs always try their utmost level in this ultimate stage of European club football. It is a dream for any footballer to score in a champions league match. Great players compete each other to be the top scorer of champions league. Here is the list of champions league top scorers of all time.

10. Filippo Inzaghi, Italy

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Goals: 46
UCL matches: 81
Years active: 1997-2012
Clubs: Juventus, Milan

The Italian striker spent most of his life time in Juventus and Milan. Inzaghi won two Champions League titles (2003, 2007) and three Serie A titles (1998, 2004, and 2011). He scored a total 46 goals including a penalty in the UEFA Champions League. Most notably, in the final of 2007 champions league, Inzaghi was voted as the Man of the match for his overwhelming performance. In the European club competitions, he made his place at 4th highest goal scorer with 70 goals, behind only Raul, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Inzaghi also holds the record of scoring most hat-tricks (10) in the history of Serie A.

For the Italian National team, he earned a total 57 caps and scored 25 goals. He represented his country in three occasions of FIFA World Cup, and winning the 2006 edition. Now, he stands at no. 10 in the list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA champions League of All time.

9. Karim Benzema, France

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Goals: 46
UCL matches: 77
Years active: 2006- present
Clubs: Lyon, Real Madrid

Karim Benzema is a French professional footballer who also plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid. He has been regarded as one of the most talented footballers and a potent finisher from inside the box. In the champions league, Karim Benzema has crowned with 46 goals in his 77 UCL appearances. His contribution is remarkable in Real Madrid when they won Copa del Rey in 2011, scoring stunning 32 goals for his club. The three times French Player of the Year winner, Karim Benzema is truly an asset for Real Madrid in their Champions League campaign.

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He appeared in 81 games for France and scored a total 27 goals. He represented his country two times in UEFA European Football Championship and once in FIFA World Cup in 2014. His astonishing hat-trick against Malmo in the Champions League this season was one of his amazing displays.

8. Eusebio, Portugal

Eusebio, top goalscorers
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Goals: 46
UCL matches: 65
Years active: 1961-1974
Club: Benfica

Eusebio, commonly nicknamed as “The Black Panther”, is one of the greatest footballers of all time in the history. The Portuguese striker scored a stunning total 749 goals in 745 matches at the club level. He also scored 41 goals for his national side in his 64 appearances.

Eusebio is a prolific goal scorer, who has a very ferocious right foot. Besides, his speed, technique and passion for football made him a world class player. In the season of 1961-62, Eusebio won the European Cup for his club Benfica by scoring two goals in the final against Real Madrid. Benfica won the final by 5-3. He was awarded the 2nd place in 1962 FIFA Ballon d’Or for his remarkable performance. He is truly a gem in the Champions League history. His place has been untouched for many years in the champions league top goal scorers list.

7. Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko, champions league top scorer
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Goals: 48
UCL matches: 100
Years active: 1994-2012
Clubs: Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea

Andriy Shevchenko is now a retired Ukrainian national team striker. He also played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan and Chelsea. He is at no 7 position in our list of Top 10 Goal scorers in UEFA Champions League of All time. His football career has been highlighted by many awards. The most prestigious was that he won the 2004 FIFA Ballon d’Or. He also won the Champions League title in 2003 with Italian club Milan and became runner-up in 2005 and 2008 Champions league.

He scored an amazing 48 goals in his 100 champions league matches. He is one of the most eminent players for Milan, where he scored a tally of 175 goals. In addition with his bright club career, he also led Ukraine in the quarter-finals of 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is well known for his powerful and accurate shots and his unparallel skills with the ball.

6. Alfredo Di Stefano, Spain

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Goals: 49
UCL matches: 58
Years active: 1955-1964
Club: Real Madrid

Alfredo Di Stefano is regarded as one of the most complete and influential footballer of all time in the football history. He was best during his time, winning numerous trophies for his team. The Real Madrid legend won the champions league trophies for the five consecutive season, from 1956. Di Stefano made history by scoring goals in each of the champions league finals for Real Madrid.

This powerful, quick and prolific forward scored a total 49 goals in his 58 champions league appearances. Not only as a forward, he could play anywhere in the pitch. During his period in Real Madrid, he marked his name as the highest goal scorer for them with 216 goals in just 282 matches. The 1957 and 1959 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, Alfredo Di Stefano remains at no 6 in the list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA Champions league of all time.

5. Thierry Henry, France

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Goals: 50
UCL matches: 112
Years active: 1997-2010
Clubs: Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona

The French striker, Thierry Henry spent most of his career in Arsenal FC and became the club’s all-time top goal scorer. Henry contributed to win two premier league titles and three FA cups for the Gunners. He played as Arsenal captain when he led them to 2006 champions league finals. This world class player spent eight years in Arsenal before moving to Barcelona in 2007.

Thierry Henry scored 50 goals in his 112 UCL appearances. He played an integral part in Barcelona FC in their historic treble in 2009, La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. His name was included in the UEFA Team of the Year five times. As a France national team player he also won the prestigious FIFA world cup in 1998 and UEFA European Championship in 2000. Thierry Henry is ranked at no 5 in our list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA champions league of all time.

4. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Netherlands

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Goals: 56
UCL matches: 73
Years active: 1998-2009
Clubs: PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid

With 56 goals in 73 champions league appearances, Ruud van Nistelrooy stands at no 4 spot in the list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA champions league of all time. The former Dutch international is a three-time champions league top scorer and also became top goal scorer in three different European domestic leagues.

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Nistelrooy scored a total 150 goals in 219 matches for the Manchester United before securing his position at Real Madrid in 2006. The most successful period was at United, achieving Premier league, FA Cup, Football league cup and FA Community Shield. His playing style and his aggressiveness in the box made him one of the lethal strikers in the football world.

3. Raul Gonzales, Spain

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Goals: 71
UCL matches: 142
Years active: 1995-2011
Clubs: Real Madrid, Schalke 04

The retired Spanish footballer and former Real Madrid striker, Raul Gonzales is one of the most valuable players in the history of Real Madrid. During his 16 years in Real, he scored a total of 323 goals, which made him the 2nd all-time top goal scorer, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo. With Real Madrid, Raul won six La Liga titles, three UEFA Champions league titles, one UEFA Super Cup, and two Intercontinental Cup. He stands at no. 3 in the list of top 10 goal scorers in UEFA champions league of all time.

Raul became the first player to score in two champions league finals, in 2000 and 2002. His football career was flourished with many awards. He received the Best striker award by IFFHS in 1999, became the only player to be included in UEFA Club forward of the year three times, placed 2nd in 2001 FIFA Ballon d’Or, award for champions league top goal scorer, five Don Balon awards and so many.

2. Lionel Messi, Argentina

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Goals: 80
UCL matches: 102 (Till date)
Years active: 2005-present
Club: Barcelona

Lionel Messi, the magician of football is truly a goal machine for both the Argentina national team and the Spanish club Barcelona. The Barcelona forward is a four time Ballon d’Or winner. Messi is considered as the best player of the world by many. As a Barcelona forward, he won seven La Liga titles, four champions league titles and three Copa del Rey titles so far. Messi has scored 292 goals for Barcelona in his 326 matches and still counting.

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Last year in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich, Messi scored twice and made an assist in their 3-0 win. His 2nd goal which came as a chip over the Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after he dribbled past Jerome Boateng, was named the best goal of the season by UEFA. There are many more mesmerizing goals that came through his feet. After the end of this season of Champions league, you could see more that you expect from the mighty Leo.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

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Goals: 88
UCL matches: 121 (Till date)
Years active: 2003-present
Clubs: Manchester United, Real Madrid

The Real Madrid star and Portuguese national team captain, Cristiano Ronaldo is the champions league top goalscorer with 88 goals in 121 matches. Cristiano won Ballon d’Or three times and FIFA World player of the year in 2008. He is often regarded as the best Portuguese footballer of all time. His career has been enlightened with many achievements. He attained three Premier league titles, one FA Cup and two football league cups with Manchester United. With Real Madrid, he won one La Liga, two Copa del Rey, two UEFA Champions league, one UEFA Super Cup and two FIFA Club world cups.

He holds the record for the most goal scorer in a single UEFA champions league season, which is 17 in 2013-14 season. He is now the top goal scorer for Real Madrid with 239 goals in his 217 matches. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage match of 2015-16 Champions league, to be the all time top goal scorer in UEFA Champions League, making the tally 80, ahead of Lionel Messi (77).

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He is fast, he is aggressive and he is a prolific goal scorer. There is always a hidden rivalry between Cristiano and Leo in regard of breaking records after records. May be we are luckiest to see the beautiful game of football becoming more astonishing.