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Champions League: Who are the top scorers in finals?

By Mauricio Saenz

Champions League: Who are the top scorers in finals?

This Saturday the final is played between Manchester City and Chelsea, which is why we review the history of the tournament

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The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final will be played this Saturday between Manchester City and Chelsea. A new decisive match will take place at the Estadio do Dragão and we will surely have many statistics to analyze. For this reason, to keep the game moving, in El Futbolero we present you who are the top scorers in finals. 

Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in Champions League finals

Cristiano Ronaldo has all kinds of records. The Portuguese has in his record with no less than 5 UEFA Champions League titles. But, in addition, he holds the highest goal score in finals. Four is the number of goals that the current Juventus player scored at this stage of the tournament. He scored in three different finals (2008, 2014 and 2017), which is also a record. His first goal came in 2008 playing for Manchester United and facing Chelsea in a penalty shootout victory after the 1-1 final.

The second goal was in the derby against Atlético Madrid in Lisbon. The final result was 4-1 and the Portuguese scored the goal that sealed the Madrid victory from a penalty kick.

The last two, also wearing the Real Madrid jersey, he scored in the 2017 final that took place in Cardiff. It was also a win for the White Class with the same score. That time, Ronaldo opened the account at 20 minutes and sentenced the story at 64 'when he placed the 3-1 set.

Gareth Bale, the second highest scorer in Champions League finals

Gareth Bale was Ronaldo's teammate at Real Madrid, where he scored the three goals that make him the second top scorer in the Champions League finals. The first was headlining against Atlético in the Madrid derby in the 2014 final. Where he really stood out was in Cardiff in 2018. The match was between Real Madrid and Liverpool. The Welshman shook the net twice, once after a blunder by goalkeeper Karius. The other, a Chilean work of art.

Lionel Messi, the third scorer in Champions League finals

The Argentine star won four Champions League titles and scored two goals in finals, both against the same opponent in two different games. The first was headlining against Manchester United in the 2008/09 edition, a tournament in which Lionel Messi was the top scorer.

The second was two seasons later again against Sir Alex Ferguson's team. The result was 3-1 in favor of Barcelona and La Pulga scored the second goal for the Spanish team.

Other players who have two goals in Champions League finals

Samuel Eto'o with Barcelona

Filippo Inzaghi with AC Milan

Daniele Massaro with AC Milan

Sergio Ramos with Real Madrid

Raúl González with Real Madrid

Mario Mandžukić with Bayern Munich and Juventus