The greatest ever Champions League assists: A definitive list

Just a week apart, we may have witnessed two of the greatest Champions League assists EVER!

Last week it was the turn of Dani Alves, with an outside-of-the-boot assist for Lionel Messi at PSG, whilst on Tuesday Marco Reus joined in the fun with a stunning flick through for Robert Lewandowski for Dortmund’s first equaliser against Malaga.

So, for comparison, where do these assists stand against the best ever seen in Europe’s premier competition.

As ever, we were merely looking to put together a list of 10 but it got a little out of hand so this is more of a video dump than a list.

To be included it has to be a special, aesthetic assist, you don’t just earn inclusion for it being an important goal…

If we missed out any, we surely did, let us know in the comments and we will endeavour to add them in.


Dwight Yorke for Andy Cole, Manchester United v Barcelona, 1998

Gheorge Hagi for Hasan Sas, Galatasaray v AC Milan, 2000

Fernando Redondo for Raul, Real Madrid v Manchester United, 2000

Dennis Bergkamp for Freddie Ljungberg, Arsenal v Juventus, 2001

David Beckham for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United v Lille, 2001

Roberto Carlos for Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen, 2002

Kaka for Hernan Crespo, AC Milan v Liverpool, 2005

Ronaldinho for Ludovic Giuly, Barcelona v AC Milan, 2006

Paul Scholes for Wayne Rooney, Manchester United v AC Milan, 2007

Theo Walcott for Emmanuel Adebayor, Arsenal v Liverpool, 2008

Luis Suarez nuts on Alessandro Nesta for Mounir El Hamdaoui, Ajax v AC Milan, 2010

Gareth Bale for Roman Pavlyuchenko, Spurs v Inter Milan, 2010

Frank Lampard for Ramires, Chelsea v Barcelona, 2012

Mesut Ozil for Karim Benzema, Real Madrid v Ajax, 2012

Dani Alves for Lionel Messi, Barcelona v PSG, 2013

Marco Reus for Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund v Malaga, 2013

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