You will agree with me that the UEFA Champions League final brings together the best teams from around Europe. And as you may be aware, Europe is the hub for the best football teams. In this article, we have shared three interesting facts about the UEFA Champions League.
Most Watched Annual Sporting Event
The UEFA Champions League final is the most-watched annual sporting event. While the likes of the Super Bowl are only a favourite in the US, football has a global following. In the 2013 Champions League, for example, the all-German final between Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund was televised in over 200 countries and reached around 360 million viewers.
No Hat trick
While the domestic and international leagues are easy kills for top strikers, the UEFA Champions League is on another level. None of the game’s most celebrated stars has managed to score a hat trick in any of the finals. But braces have been hit, not once or twice. Cristiano Ronaldo, Filippo Inzaghi, Daniele Massaro, Karl-Heinz Riedle, and Hernán Crespo have all struck twice in the finals.
If you are a fan of football, you understand that the beginning of the first half is the perfect time to set the tone of the game. In the Champions League finals, we have seen several spectacular goals when the match is just beginning. Italian, Paolo Maldini holds the record for the fastest goal in the 2005 finals. The maestro put his team forward in only 51 seconds. But in the build-up matches, Roy Makaay put Bayern Munich forward in just 10 seconds against Real Madrid.
The above are some of the most interesting facts and records about the UEFA Champions League. Other noteworthy facts include Ronaldo, the first player to score in three Champions League finals, and Clarence Seedorf, the only player to win the title three times with three different clubs.