5 UEFA Champions League Records Which Might Never Be Broken

Nov 25, 2020, 12:28 PM GMT+5:30
UEFA Champions League | LLUIS GENE/Getty Images

UEFA Champions League is the elite club football competition that brings some of the world's best players face-to-face in search of continental glory. The year-long competition operates in a knockout format post the group stage, as a result, it's much difficult for a player to leave a mark here than in the leagues.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the king of the competition and holds numerous records in the competition alongside his long-time adversary Lionel Messi but there are some unbreakable records that are beyond the reach of even this dynamic duo.

Here we take a look at the five Champions League records that might never be broken. (Ranked 5 to 1)

5. Highest number of teams scored for in UEFA Champions League: 6 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the greatest players to have never won the Champions League. | Claudio Villa/Getty Images

If there's one thing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is known for, apart from his outspoken nature, it is his consistency in front of the goal throughout his distinguished career. The 39-year-old has contributed through his goals at every club he's been with and is the eighth-highest scorer in the history of Champions League with 48 goals.

He has been unfortunate to have never lifted the famed European Champion Clubs' Cup trophy in his 14 attempts with seven different clubs but he did end up with a one-of-a-kind record in doing so, as he found the back of the net with six of the clubs, with his 16-minute appearance for Manchester United being the only exception to his impeccable goal-scoring record in the competition.

4. Fastest UEFA Champions League hat-trick: 8 minutes, Bafetimbi Gomis

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Bafetimbi Gomis failed to impress in his brief Premier League spell with Swansea City | Stu Forster/Getty Images

We all know how difficult it's to score even a single goal in a game as sometimes it's just not your day but on the flipside when all the stars align for someone, the player can even end up scoring a hat-trick and more. One such player who set the pitch on fire with his one-off incredible performance is former Swansea City forward, Bafetimbi Gomis.

The Frenchman holds the record for the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Champions League, having scored thrice in just eight minutes for Olympique Lyonnais in 2011 in their Group Stage fixture against Dinamo Zagreb. He went to add one more goal to his tally in the game that ended 7-1 in Lyon's favour but it was still not enough for them to make it through the Group stage.

3. Longest winning streak in the UEFA Champions League: 14 games, Bayern Munich (ongoing)

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Bayern Munich won the treble in last season. | Pool/Getty Images

Bayern Munich is the team to beat in Europe at the moment. They have won a whopping five trophies in the calendar year, which includes the treble - Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal for the 2019/20 season and the DFL-Supercup and UEFA Super Cup in August and September respectively.

Though the Bavarians' impressive winning streak across all competitions came to an end earlier this season with a 4-1 loss to TSG Hoffenheim, they are currently on a 14-game winning run in the Champions League, which is the longest such run in the competition's history.

With the quality of opponents a team faces in the Champions League, it is almost impossible to go unbeaten for the entire duration of the competition but Bayern not only remained unbeaten for more than a year, but they also became the first side to post a 100 per cent record in the tournament for the entirety of a campaign last season.

2. Fastest UEFA Champions League goal: 10.12 seconds, Roy Makaay

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Roy Makaay scored more than 100 goals for Bayern Munich | Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Scoring early on helps the teams get a great start to their game and put their opponents under pressure. What about scoring with probably the first few touches of the game? That's what former Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay did for the German giants in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 fixture against Real Madrid of all teams.

Makaay's goal is even more impressive when we consider the fact that it was Real Madrid who had kicked off the game but still it only took the Dutchman only 10.12 seconds to make the net bulge past a shocked Iker Casillas in the Real Madrid goal. 13 years on and still no one has even come close to beating the record for his lightning-quick strike and might as well stand the test of time going forward.

1. Most number of goals in a Champions League final: 4, Ferenc Puskás

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Ferenc Puskas is one of the biggest legends in world football | Robert Stiggins/Getty Images

For the final record in our list, we have to roll back the years to the era of European Cup and to be more precise to the 1959/60 season finale, when Real Madrid met Eintracht Frankfurt in front of 127,000 people at Glasgow's Hampden Park stadium.

It was an epic game for multiple reasons. First it remains the best-attended European Cup/UEFA Champions League final till date. Second, it remains the highest-scoring European Cup/UEFA Champions League final till date. Finally, not one but two players ended the game with a hat-trick to their names.

In a final when stakes are as high as they can get, even great players can end up firing blanks but Puskas displayed the mark of a champions and scored four goals, a record which no one has even come close to since 1960. Another Los Blancos star in Gareth Bale scored twice in 2018 final but that was it.