Every Champions League final Real Madrid have played in

Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /

11. 4-1 win vs Atletico de Madrid, 2013/14 (Lisbon)

The greatest Champions League final of all time, in my opinion. Carlo Ancelotti‘s men had the game in control for major parts of the game, but Diego Godin’s first-half goal pretty much gave Atletico de Madrid the psychological control. The game was almost put to bed, until a certain Sergio Ramos, chose to rise the highest and score a header as the clock struck the 92nd-minute 48th second. That goal took the game to extra time, and a half-fit Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and a half-fit Cristiano Ronaldo finished it off in the extra time, to win the long-awaited and elusive La Decima.

You can watch the flashback of the game here

12. 1-1 (5-3 on pens) vs Atletico Madrid, 2015/16 (Milan)

The wait for La Undecima wasn’t as long as the wait for the La Decima, as Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid again, in the San Siro in 2016, to clinch their 11th. Sergio Ramos’ goal gave an early lead to Atletico, but Carrasco’s equalizer and Antoine Griezmann’s penalty miss took the game to extra time. This time, the game went as far as penalties, which saw Juan Fran missing one for Atletico and all of Real Madrid’s players hitting their penalties towards the left of Jan Oblak and scoring them. Cristiano Ronaldo‘s celebration after scoring the final penalty had shown how much of an emotional roller coaster that penalty shootout was.

You can watch the highlights of the game here. 

13. 4-1 win vs Juventus, 2016/17 (Cardiff)

Real Madrid scored four past Juventus, who were the favourites and the strongest defensive team of the season, to win La Duodecima and become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after a well-worked team move before Mario Mandzukic equalized with an incredible goal. But fortune favoured the brave, as Casemiro’s powerful shot from range was deflected into the net. Insurance goals from Ronaldo and Marco Asensio sealed the deal, as Real Madrid continued to create history.

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14. 3-1 win vs Liverpool, 2017/18 (Kyiv)

Real Madrid’s last final, and a historic final, which saw the club creating further history by winning the coveted trophy for the third time in three years and four times in five years. People remember this game for all the wrong reasons like Salah’s injury and Loris Karius’ blunders, but this is a game that should be remembered for Karim Benzema‘s presence of mind to keep pressing a keeper, and a Gareth Bale‘s brilliance. Gareth Bale scored an overhead goal, which could be the greatest goal in the history of Champions League finals, that made the stadium erupt, and his manager Zinedine Zidane hold his head in surprise. He also scored a knuckleball thunderbolt from range, to put the final nail into coffin and end a memorable night.

You can watch the highlights of the game here

15. 1-0 win vs Liverpool, 2021/22 (Paris)

The end of an unbelievable Champions League campaign had to be a successful one for a club that believes “finals aren’t played, they are won”. Real Madrid were written off by a lot of pundits before the final against Liverpool, and all it took to prove everyone wrong was a wonderful team move finished by Vinicius Jr, and a heavily determined Thibaut Courtois in the goal, who set a CL record by making 9 saves in the final. Through teamwork, the club continued creating history by winning their 14th. (edited)