To celebrate 30 seasons of That #UCLFeeling we're asking fans to decide the greatest moment in UEFA Champions League history.
Over the course of the 2021/22 season, UEFA is asking fans to vote for the most iconic moments since the rebranding of the European Cup in the early 1990s. '30 Seasons of That #UCLFeeling' gives fans an opportunity to vote on everything from unforgettable goals and comebacks to sensational skills and impossible saves, with the top two moments from each of the eight categories going into the head-to-head knockout stages for the overall title.
By voting in the various polls, fans are in with a chance to win unbelievable prizes from match tickets to limited edition memorabilia.
So far we have had best celebrations, assists and goals – so which moments (two per category) have qualified for the knockout stages?
Cristiano Ronaldo's bicycle kick, 2017/18
Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid
, 03/04/2018, quarter-final first leg
"Seen a lot of goals in my time but that is absolutely breathtaking from Ronaldo," tweeted broadcaster and former England striker Gary Lineker after watching 'CR7' stick a stunning overhead kick past his future employers in the course of a devastating first-leg performance from the soon-to-be European champions.
Ronaldo has scored a fair few stunners in his time, but was quietly proud of the way he hung in the air to smack Dani Carvajal's floated pass into the net when he spoke to UEFA.com after the match: "Great goal. What can I say? Fantastic. I didn't expect to score that goal."
Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona
, 27/04/2011, semi-final
The occasion was massive, and Lionel Messi rose to it with a solo goal for the ages. Pressing home Barcelona's advantage against ten-man Real Madrid in the final minutes at the Santiago Bernabéu, Messi shook off Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol and Marcelo before nonchalantly beating Iker Casillas.
Back in 2019, Messi confirmed in a radio interview that this 2-0 win in Madrid was the match he remembers most fondly from his career. His coach Pep Guardiola also managed to maintain his composure on the night of the strike, saying merely: "We are lucky to have Messi; at the age of 23, he's the third top scorer in our club's history and that's impressive." Understatement of the century.
Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick thinking
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona
, 07/05/2019, semi-final second leg
If the mark of a player is his ability to influence the biggest of matches under the greatest of pressures, then the Liverpool full-back more than passed the test on an unforgettable European night at Anfield. Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, the Reds had somehow levelled the aggregate score inside 56 minutes but the tie now seemed destined for extra time.
Everyone was catching their breath as Alexander-Arnold walked away from a 79th-minute corner but the 20-year-old then doubled back and whipped in a perfect near-post cross for Divock Origi to turn in and complete the turnaround. "It was just instinct; you see the opportunity," said the Liverpool-born defender. "Everyone will remember this moment."
Kaká's ultimate through ball
AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (aet, Liverpool win 3-2 on pens), 25/05/2005, final
The Italian side, and their brilliant Brazilian, were at the height of their powers just before half-time in the Istanbul showpiece. Kaká had already flicked a pass through to release Andriy Shevchenko in the build-up to Hernán Crespo's 39th-minute goal but that was merely an appetiser for what was to follow.
Five minutes later it was 3-0 as Kaká's effortless turn left Steven Gerrard heading in the opposite direction before his low swept pass curled around the Liverpool defence to release Crespo, who dinked the cutest of finishes past Jerzy Dudek. On any other occasion it would have been the icing on the cake but the Reds, famously, had other ideas.
José Mourinho's touchline sprint
Manchester United 1-1 Porto
, 09/03/2004 – round of 16 second leg
Sir Alex Ferguson's United trailed 2-1 from the first leg, but looked set to progress on away goals as they held on to a 1-0 lead at Old Trafford, Paul Scholes having found the target on 31 minutes. However, the 2002/03 UEFA Cup winners turned the tables at the death, Costinha finishing after Tim Howard failed to hold a Benni McCarthy free-kick.
Elated coach José Mourinho pelted up the touchline to celebrate, and had sympathy for his opposite number afterwards. "I understand why Ferguson is a bit emotional," he said. "You would be really sad if your team got as clearly dominated as that by an opponent built on maybe 10% of the budget."
Didier Drogba's trophy dash
Bayern 1-1 Chelsea (aet, Chelsea win 4-3 on pens)
, 19/05/2012 – final
After eight years chasing the UEFA Champions League dream at Chelsea, including a red card in their 2008 final defeat, Didier Drogba had every right to be overwhelmed by the occasion as he followed up scoring the equalising header in the 2012 decider against Bayern by coolly converting the winning penalty in the shoot-out.
"I'm really happy and I don't know if there are enough words to describe how I feel now," the Ivorian said after the final whistle, his celebration with the trophy saying more than words ever could. "We gave everything. I don't know if we have enough energy to party tonight but we're going to find it."
The next vote – for best comebacks – is already open.
The winners of the votes move into the round of 16, where they will be pitted against other memorable moments from the past 30 seasons early next year.
From then on it is a straight knockout, culminating in the crowning of the greatest moment in UEFA Champions League history.
Source : https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/026f-139e84271eeb-e09cff62d122-1000--results-best-ever-goals/10341