The Champions League final is the showpiece event of the European football season and provides memories that will endure forever, particularly for fans of the winning team.
PSG and Bayern Munich go head-to-head in the final behind closed doors tonight in Portugal.
While fans won’t be able to enjoy the experience in Lisbon, they can expect entertainment on TV.
PSG and Bayern cruised past RB Leipzig and Lyon respectively to secure their chance at lifting the trophy.
And goals await with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar coming up against Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.
It has the potential to be a classic encounter, and ahead of the game, Daily Star Sport picks out the five best Champions League finals.
Liverpool 3-3 Milan (3-2 on penalties), 2004/05
The final that produced the most unlikely of comebacks and probably the most spectacular match in the distinguished history of Liverpool. Rafael Benitez’s side were far from a vintage Reds team, missing out on a top four finish in the Premier League campaign that season and finishing below neighbours Everton.
Liverpool scraped through the group stage and secured nervy aggregate wins over Juventus and Chelsea to reach the group stage, but it all appeared to fall apart in spectacular fashion in the first half in Istanbul. Paolo Maldini opened the scoring in the first minute and a quickfire Hernan Crespo double before the break appeared to put the game beyond Benitez’s men.
A remarkable six-minute spell brought three goals just before the hour mark - Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso all finding the net - to somehow level the scores. That spell aside, Milan dominated - including throughout extra-time when a remarkable point-blank save from Jerzy Dudek denying Andriy Shevchenko. The Pole was again the hero in the shootout, with Milan finding the net from just two of their five attempts as the Reds lifted their fifth European Cup.
Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea (6-5 on penalties), 2007/08
The first ever all-English final was a fitting conclusion to a tournament dominated by the Premier League, which was at the peak of its powers. Arsenal and Liverpool were both eliminated by league rivals in the latter stages, with United edging out Barcelona in the last four thanks to a stunning Paul Scholes strike.
This final came in the wake of United edging out Chelsea to the Premier League title on the final day of the season, with this the latest instalment in a rivalry between the nation’s two best teams. Cristiano Ronaldo’s early opener reflected United’s dominance in this encounter, but Frank Lampard’s equaliser - coming with a slice of good fortune - preceded the Blues having the better of the rest of the encounter.
A nerve-ridden, finely-balanced encounter was on a knife-edge throughout and tensions boiled over late in added time when Didier Drogba was sent-off as players clashed on the pitch. Blues captain John Terry stepped up to win the shootout but his slip and a subsequent Edwin van der Sar save from Nicolas Anelka in sudden death saw United lift their third European Cup title.
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Chelsea 1-1 Bayern Munich (4-3 on penalties), 2011/12
After a series of near misses when they were regular contenders for the Premier League title, Chelsea’s best opportunities of winning the Champions League had appeared to have passed. Yet against the odds, they defeated Bayern Munich in their own back yard in the most dramatic possible fashion.
The Blues finished sixth in the Premier League in 2011/12 - a whopping 25 points off the title-winning pace and Napoli’s 3-1 win over them in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie had appeared to be decisive. That heralded Andre Villas-Boas departing the club and Roberto Di Matteo’s appointment, leading to a remarkable turnaround in the second leg and the club going all the way to the final.
Thomas Muller’s 83rd-minute opener had appeared to win the final for the hosts but Didier Drogba’s equaliser two minutes from time brought the game to extra-time. Bayern’s dominance continued but Arjen Robben’s penalty was saved by Petr Cech. The goalkeeper was the hero again in the shootout - saving two Bayern efforts as Drogba’s penalty won the tie. The one and only time a London side has lifted the trophy.
Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid (AET), 2013/14
It was set to be the greatest day in Atletico Madrid’s history and the most painful in the illustrious of rivals Real Madrid. Atleti had already won La Liga that season - their first league title since 1996 - and were now in their first ever Champions League final. Their city neighbours were in search of the Decima - their elusive 10th trophy in the competition.
Diego Simeone’s side had appeared on course for the sweetest of successes - Diego Godin’s looping header in the first half separating the sides all the way into stoppage time at the end of the encounter. Luka Modric’s corner, as the game ticked into the third minute of injury time, was met by a powerful, precise Sergio Ramos header to level the tie.
Atleti were mentally and physically spent - having used all of their allocated substitutions, extra-time was dominated by a buoyant Madrid, coached by Carlo Ancelotti. With 10 minutes of the half-hour remaining, Gareth Bale broke Atleti hearts and there was still time for Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo (penalty) to pile on the pain for Simeone, who was then dismissed for his aggravation.
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool, 2017/18
Elite sports provide the most joyous highs and the most painful lows. The 2018 Champions League final in Kiev is a relevant case study of this, with the supreme talent and adulation of Gareth Bale juxtaposed against the grave errors and sorrow of Loris Karius.
Liverpool’s unexpected run to the final was thrilling - with high-octane triumphs over Porto, Manchester City and Roma, while Real Madrid were aiming for their third successive triumph and fourth in five years.
The first half was underwhelming, and if Mohamed Salah’s injury derailed the momentum of Jurgen Klopp’s side, Madrid’s opener smashed it. Karius unknowingly saw his clearance closed down by Karim Benzema and the ball agonisingly rolled over the line to open the scoring.
Sadio Mane’s equaliser four minutes later had appeared to turn the tide back into Liverpool’s favour but it was the introduction of Bale in the 61st minute that was the most significant moment. Three minutes later, his spectacularly improvised overhead kick restored Madrid’s advantage - one of the tournament’s greatest ever goals. The Welshman would add another long-range strike, this time another error from Karius - to hammer home the pain and euphoria. Madrid won their 13th European Cup, with Liverpool’s joy coming a year later.