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There is no greater stage for a player to make a name for themselves in club football than the Champions League final.

Club football’s answer to WrestleMania, the grandest stage of them all is the pinnacle of European club competition and crowns a new champion of the continent at the end of every season.

Liverpool and Real Madrid battle to be named European champions of 2022 in what is set to be a match for the ages at the Stade de France.

The Reds are gunning for a treble of trophies having won the 2021/22 Carabao Cup and FA Cup, and will be fuelled by yet another 90+ point Premier League season, even though it wasn’t enough to clinch the title and keep them on track for a historic quadruple.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have combined immense talent within their squad with an unbreakable knowhow of navigating through the Champions League knockout stages this season. Calling on experience and the heritage of their previous 13 wins, they’ve knocked out Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in dramatic fashion to book their spot in yet another final.

2022’s climax could well be a goal fest, with Karim Benzema looking unstoppable in his pursuit for a Ballon d’Or and Liverpool boasting one of the most potent attacks possible, including a vengeful Mohamed Salah. Scoring in the Champions League final isn’t for everybody, though, and scoring more than once is an even more challenging feat.

Just 12 players have scored more than once in Champions League finals, making up the all-time top scorers list for the competition’s penultimate game. Ahead of a mammoth clash between Liverpool and Real Madrid, here is the list of all-time Champions League final top scorers.

12. Karl-Heinz Riedle – 2 goals

The German forward actually had a brief stint with Liverpool during the autumn of his career, but it was with Borussia Dortmund where Riedle was at his best and grabbed a historic brace.

Riedle, nicknamed ‘air’ for his aerial ability despite his size, bagged twice against Juventus in the 1997 final as Dortmund won 3-1 and became Champions League winners for the first and only time to date.

The players with the most Champions League final goalsBERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 06: Former German footballer Karl-Heinz Riedle holds the Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and FC Barcelona at Olympiastadion on June 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

11. Diego Milito – 2 goals

Never renowned as a truly world class forward for much of his career, it was under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho when the stars aligned and Milito put together a world class season for Inter in 2009/10.

An iconic member of Mourinho’s Nerazzurri side, Milito scored the only two goals in the 2010 Champions League final against Bayern Munich to secure the continental treble. A truly unforgettable campaign.

Milito was immense for InterMADRID, SPAIN – MAY 22: Diego Milito of Inter Milan celebrates after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

10. Hernan Crespo – 2 goals

Once the world’s most expensive player, Crespo was the definition of unstoppable when at full pomp. As well as winning the Copa Libertadores in South America, the Argentine was key in winning the Champions League for AC Milan.

Leaving Chelsea to join the Rossoneri on loan in 2004/05, Crespo was a hit for Carlo Ancelotti and bagged a brace in the 2005 final to secure the title at the expense of Liverpool.

Crespo scored twice against LiverpoolISTANBUL, TURKEY – MAY 25: AC Milan forward Hernan Crespo of Argentina celebrates after he scored the third goal during the European Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan on May 25, 2005 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

9. Mario Mandzukic – 2 goals

The first entry to score his two goals in two different finals, Mandzukic also became the first Croatian to score in a Champions League final with his strike for Bayern Munich in 2013, where he opened the scoring as they beat Borussia Dortmund.

It was his second in 2017 that remains most memorable, but would’ve been truly unforgettable had the game ended in his favour. Playing for Juventus as they faced off against Real Madrid, Mandzukic scored a volley that resembled Zinedine Zidane’s famous goal in 2002, but it meant nothing as Real won 4-1.

Mandzukic scored in two different Champions League finalsLONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

8. Raul – 2 goals

Raul remains the hometown hero for Real Madrid and sits second in their all-time scoring charts, enjoying an illustrious career with Los Blancos.

His two strikes came in back-to-back finals, scoring against Valencia in 2000 and Bayer Leverkusen in 2002, making him the first player to score in two separate finals after the competition was renamed to the Champions League.

Raul loved the Champions LeagueMADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 11: Raul Gonzalez of Real Madrid celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Real Madrid and Lazio at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on December 11, 2007 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

7. Sergio Ramos – 2 goals

You read that right. A defender makes this list. If that doesn’t tell you about just how much of a big game player Ramos is, then nothing will.

Ramos scored a 93rd minute equaliser in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid which helped Real Madrid win the game after extra time, and scored the opener two years later – again against Atleti – as they won once more.

The players with the most Champions League final goalsLISBON, PORTUGAL – MAY 24: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates scoring their first goal in stoppage time during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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6. Lionel Messi – 2 goals

Look away, Manchester United fans. This entry will still hurt.

Messi was responsible for halting United in their tracks as they met Barcelona in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals, both of which they lost and both of which Messi ripped them apart in, scoring one in each game.

Messi's Champions League final goals came against Man UtdLONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 28: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates as David Villa scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

5. Daniele Massaro – 2 goals

Enjoying a stellar career with Milan throughout the 1980s and 90s, Massaro’s two Champions League goals came in the same game, the historic 1994 final against Barcelona.

Destroying La Blaugrana in a 4-0 thrashing, Fabio Capello’s Rossoneri were helped along by a game-winning brace courtesy of Massaro, who stepped up in the absence of Marco van Basten.

The players with the most Champions League final goals16 Oct 1994: Daniele Massaro (left) of AC Milan gets away from Pellizzaro (right) of Padova during a match at the Silvio Appiani Stadium in Padua, Italy. Padova won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Clive Mason/Allsport

4. Filippo Inzaghi – 2 goals

A striker who has won it all and scored just about everywhere he could, Inzaghi forged an incredible legacy after transferring to Milan.

While the first few seasons were marred by injury, Inzaghi found his groove and peaked in 2007 as his brace fired the Rossoneri to yet another Champions League win, in a victory over Liverpool.

Inzaghi has 2 Champions League final goalsATHENS, GREECE – MAY 23: Double goalscorer Filippo Inzaghi of Milan celebrates with the trophy following his teams 2-1 victory during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Liverpool and AC Milan at the Olympic Stadium on May 23, 2007 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

3. Samuel Eto’o – 2 goals

The first player to win back-to-back continental trebles with different clubs, Eto’o was leaving his mark on the Champions League before that incredible feat.

Scoring in the 2006 final as Barcelona beat Arsenal, Eto’o scored his second goal in a Champions League curtain-closer some three years later, as La Blaugrana finished off Manchester United.

Eto'o has scored in 2 Champions League finalsPARIS – MAY 17: Samuel Eto?o of Barcelona celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Arsenal and Barcelona at the Stade de France on May 17, 2006 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

2. Gareth Bale – 3 goals

Separating the men from the boys, it’s Madrid’s number one public enemy who has one of the best records of scoring in Champions League finals. Bale is an incredible player for the big games.

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