Thiago awarded Champions League goal of the tournament

Thiago’s incredible ‘daisy cutter’ for Liverpool against Porto is awarded Champions League goal of the tournament as voted for by the fans as Spaniard sees off Lionel Messi to take top spot

  • Thiago’s strike came during the group stages back in November 2021 at Anfield
  • The Spaniard saw off stiff competition from Lionel Messi and Alex Telles
  • Karim Benzema’s bullet header against Chelsea came in fourth spot
  • Rankings as voted for by the fans after a UEFA panel selected the goals 

Thiago Alcantara has won UEFA’s Champions League goal of the season for his ‘daisy cutter’ strike against Porto in the group stages of the competition. 

All nominees were selected by UEFA’s Technical Observer panel and put to a vote amongst fans. 

The midfielder’s sensational 30-yard effort kissed the ground on its way to the bottom corner

Thiago’s goal came as Liverpool were drawing with a resolute Porto defence that was dealing with the various crosses that were being knocked into the box. 

This particular occasion, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain delivered a free kick that was headed out to the edge of the area. 

Gratefully – and gracefully – meeting the ball was Liverpool’s midfield supremo Thiago. 

Hitting it on the half volley, Thiago managed to keep the ball low but seemingly off the ground as it was driven into the bottom corner of goal keeper Diogo Costa’s goal. 

Lionel Messi’s goal announced him to the Parc Des Princes following his Paris arrival in August

It was Thiago’s only goal in the competition this season. 

Meanwhile, the Spaniard’s closest contender was Lionel Messi, nominated for his goal against Manchester City, also in the group stages. 

Exchanging touches with Kylian Mbappe, Messi escaped the attempted clutches of Aymeric Laporte before putting the ball past a helpless Ederson in the City goal. 

Alex Telles, in an otherwise poor Champions League campaign for Manchester United, saw his goal against Villarreal come third in the list of the top goals in this season’s elite European competition. 

Alex Telles equalised for Manchester United at home against Villarreal before Cristiano Ronaldo produced one of his great rescue acts

Bruno Fernandes, from a free-kick, spots his team-mate on the far left corner of the box and chips a delightful ball over to the waiting left-foot of the Brazilian. 

It is greatly received and Telles hits into the far bottom corner, leaving Villarreal reeling after they had missed a number of chances. Cristiano Ronaldo would go on to score the winning goal in the game. 

The only goal in the top five to have been in the knockout rounds, Karim Benzema saw one of his 15 strikes in the competition this year make it. 

Karim Benzema’s header was adjudged to have been the fourth best goal of the tournament 

His header against Chelsea involved a caressed touch out to Vinicius Junior who found his forward partner making a dart into the box and he delivered a inch-perfect cross for Benzema to head beyond Eduoard Mendy. 

Vinicius himself completes the top five, for his wonderful solo effort against Shakhtar Donetsk. 

He darted in between two defenders before going round another and planting the ball into the roof of the net with his left foot. 

Vinicius Junior enjoyed a stellar end to the tournament but his solo effort against Shakhtar Donetsk was judged to have been his best goal of the tournament

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