Real Madrid is the club that has scored the most goals in the history of the Champions League. In fact, two Los Blancos’ players are among the all-time top scorers: Raul Gonzalez is the tournament’s historical better striker with 71 goals, and Cristiano Ronaldo is fifth with 59.
Some of those goals have been of special beauty or have had an special meaning. Since finding videos of matches played before the 90s is a difficult task, we have compiled the top ten Real Madrid goals in the competition since the European Cup became the UEFA Champions League in 1992. Here they are:
10. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Manchester United – 2013.
This might not be one of Ronaldo’s most difficult strikes, but the superb backheal wall pass by Mesut Ozil that started the play makes it deserve a spot among the ten best. Furthermore, it was Ronaldo’s first goal at Old Trafford since he left United, and it knocked the Red Devils out of the competition.
9. Ronaldo Nazario vs Manchester United – 2003.
The legendary Brazilian striker surely scored more beautiful goals during his stay at Real Madrid. However, he will never forget that night of April 2003 when he scored a hat-trick at Old Trafford to qualify Los Blancos for the semifinals despite loosing 4-3 against the home team. The third goal was an exquisite shot from outside the area.
8. Raul Gonzalez vs Barcelona – 2002.
The few times Real and Barca have met in the Champions League, they have delighted the world with vibrant matches. In the semifinals of 2002, after having humiliated the Azulgranas at their own stadium with a 0-2, Raul sealed the qualification for the final with this powerful strike to the top right corner.
7. Karim Benzema vs Ajax Amsterdam – 2012.
Last season, Los Merengues defeated Ajax twice in the group stage with the exact same result: 4-1. One of Madrid’s four goals in Amsterdam was this superb acrobatic shot by Benzema:
6. Roberto Carlos vs Roma – 2002.
In the 2002-03 season, Roma had one of their worst performances in the Champions League, earning only one point in the group stage. At Santiago Bernabeu, they lost 4-2. The fourth goal was one of Roberto Carlos powerful strikes from long distance.
5. Luis Figo vs Manchester United – 2003.
That hat-trick the Brazilian Ronaldo scored at Old Trafford made Los Blancos qualify for the semifinals thanks to Los Merengues 3-1 victory over United in the first leg. Figo opened the scoreboard with this delighful and classy touch.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Olympique Marseille – 2009.
In the 2009-10 season, Real lead Group C beating Milan, Marseille and Zurich. Ronaldo scored a total four goals against the French team: two at Santiago Bernabeu and another brace in Marseille. In their visit to the French city, the Portuguese scored in the fifth minute with this extraordinary free-kick shot from more than 30 metres.
3. Raul Gonzalez vs Anderlecht – 2002.
The legendary number 7 scored many of his classic tip-shot goals in the Champions League. Perhaps the most beautiful and most meaningful was this one against Anderlecht in the group stage. Madrid won 4-0 and the eternal captain scored Real’s 700th goal in the competition with this impressive tip.
2. Raul Gonzalez vs Manchester United – 2000
Los Merengues conquered Old Trafford in the quarterfinals of the 1999-2000 season after having drawn without goals at Santiago Bernabeu. Raul scored one of Real Madrid’s most remembered goals ever, although very few fans actually know it was him who netted it. What sticks in the fans memory is Fernando Redondo’s superb backheel dribbling and his brilliant play that allowed Raul easily score from inside the area.
1. Zinedine Zidane vs Bayer Leverkusen – 2002
Real Madrid won their ninth Champions League in a vibrant season, in which they scored some of the best goals of their history. However, no one is stuck in the fans’ minds as deeply as Zidane’s magnificent volley in the final against Leverkusen. The goal that gave Los Blancos the title is often reffered to as the best in the Frenchman’s career and one of the best in the history of the tournament.