The UEFA Champions League have produced early goals across various finals which have enabled some teams to settle well into a final fixture.
Of the 5 players to score the fastest goals in a Champions League final, only two (Ivan Rakitic and Mo Salah) went ahead to win the final.
Paolo Maldini struck the fastest final goal in Champions League history after scoring 50 seconds en route to AC Milan 3-0 lead at half-time in Istanbul.
But who are the other players that made the list? Let's have a look below:
5. Mario Basler (6 minutes):
The epic final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final, is one many Red Devils faithful may never forget.
On May 26, 1999, Manchester United did the unthinkable. They came from a goal down and stole the title from Bayern hands after two late goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stunned the German side.
Mario Basler free-kick goal gifted Bayern Munich the lead in the 6th minutes. Basler curled the ball around the wall and into the bottom corner to score the opening goal.
Basler stunning strike is the 5th fastest goal in Champions League history.
4. Ivan Rakitic (4 minutes):
Ivan Rakitic scored a 4th minutes opener against Juventus in the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2015 as Barcelona claimed a fifth UCL title.
A perfectly worked goal started on the left flank. Jordi Alba linked up with Neymar who flicked the ball into the path of Iniesta to provide the assist for Rakitic.
Juventus struck back in the second half through Alvaro Morata to level the scoreline.
Luis Suarez and Neymar then scored a goal apiece to put the game beyond Juventus.
3. Gaizka Mendieta (3 minutes):
Gaizka Mendieta is next on the list.
Gaizka Mendieta handed Valencia the lead over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final (in 2001) with his third minutes penalty.
Bayern Munich eventually struck back in the second half having been awarded a penalty of their own.
The match went into extra time, and Bayern Munich sealed the title courtesy of a 5-4 win on penalty shootouts.
2. Mo Salah (1 minute 48 seconds):
Mo Salah is the only Premier League player that made the list.
The Egyptian scored a penalty after only 108 seconds to hand Liverpool the lead.
Mane pass inside the box struck the arm of Tottenham's Sissoko in the opening 30 seconds with Salah dispatching the spot-kick with ease.
A late goal for Divock Origi made it 2-0 in Liverpool's favour as the Reds sealed the title in 2019.
1. Paolo Maldini (50 seconds):
Paolo Maldini made a record on the night at Istanbul (in 2005) where Liverpool stunned AC Milan.
The legendary defender scored with just 50 seconds on the clock to hand AC Milan a comfortable start.
Maldini lashed unto Pirlo's free-kick to open the scoring before a brace from Crespo made it 3-0 heading into half-time.
In the second half, it was heartbreak for AC Milan.
Liverpool came from losing 3-0 at half time to level the scoreline and eventually won 3-2 on penalties much to the disappointment to the Milan players.
For Liverpool, it was a night of success, but for AC Milan it was a night never to remember!
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