The UEFA Champions League is one of the most popular sporting events in the world. Perhaps there isn't anything better than watching 32 teams of Europe compete against each other, fighting to become the best team in the continent.
The Champions League final, being one of the most awaited finals of any sporting event, makes the whole world stop whatever they are doing for 2 hours, sit back, relax and enjoy watching last two remaining sides play in this wonderful competition.
The match never fails to produce some of the most memorable football moments, and is surely an event everybody looks forward to. From listening to the iconic Champions League anthem play inside the stadium to watching the whole game and trophy celebrations, the experience of watching the UEFA Champions League final has always been breathtaking.
We all have seen different types of Champions League finals. Some matches might be one-sided, some matches might be eventless and boring, while some of them wouldn't let you even close your eyes for a second. This decade has been a memorable decade when it comes to Champions League memories as we have watched some of the most eventful, nail-biting and exciting Champions League finals.
Here, we take a look at the top 3 UEFA Champions League finals of this decade.
#3 Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (2012-13)
It was really Bayern's season in 2012-13 as they beat their arch rivals, Borussia Dortmund to grab the Champions League trophy for the fifth time. It was the first all-German Champions League final in the history of football, and it turned out to be one absolutely thrilling game.
The Croatian star Mario Mandzukic broke the deadlock for the Bavarians in the 60th minute, followed by an equalising penalty by Ilkay Gundogan 8 minutes later. The match point arrived when Arjen Robben scored the 89th minute winner to make the score-line 2-1 and ended the final in a nail-biting finish.
It was a night to remember in London as Jupp Heynckes' side not only won the Champions League for the fifth time, but it also completed the treble for the first time and they were the first German side to achieve this. It was a season to remember for Bayern Munich!
#2 Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid (after extra time) (2013-14)
It was finally Real Madrid's year after 12 years of waiting as they won the La Decima in 2014 by beating Atletico Madrid in the final and securing the Champions League title for the tenth time. This final was hosted by the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
Atletico Madrid opened the scoring as Diego Godin scored in the 36th minute. After several failed attempts at equalizing, Real Madrid finally managed to do so in the 93rd minute, courtesy of Sergio Ramos' cracking header from Luka Modric's corner.
The match went on to extra time with Real Madrid becoming even more dominant in the last thirty minutes. Real Madrid scored 3 goals in extra time to finish the game by 4-1, with Gareth Bale scoring in the 110th minute, Marcelo scoring in the 118th minute and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a last minute penalty.
That night in Lisbon was undoubtedly one of the most iconic and memorable moments in the history of Real Madrid.
#3 Chelsea 1-1 Bayern (Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties) (2011-12)
Probably one of the most memorable nights in the history of the Champions League, Chelsea shocked everyone on 19th May, 2012 as they beat the German giants Bayern Munich to clinch their first ever Champions League trophy.
It was just not Bayern's night as they could not covert their chances well, hitting 35 shots, but only 7 of them were on target. The German youngster Thomas Muller managed to grab an opener in the 83rd minute, only for Didier Drogba to equalise five minutes later by heading the ball from Juan Mata's corner.
The match moved on to a penalty shootout after an eventless extra time, where Chelsea were able to grab a victory as Bayern could not score their last two penalty kicks, with Ivica Olic's penalty being saved by Petr Cech and Bastian Schweinsteiger hitting the post. Didier Drogba scored a winning penalty to win Chelsea their first Champions League title.
It was an unforgettable night for Chelsea as beating Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena is never easy, and they managed to do it in style.