#4 Real Madrid vs AC Milan - 1958
Real Madrid vs AC Milan. Los Merengues vs Rossoneri. 10 European Cups vs 7 European Cups. The two most storied teams in the competition today. And, when they met for the first time on the 28th of May, 1958 at the now infamous Heysel Stadium in Brussels, for the third European Cup final, sparks were sure to fly. And, they sure did.
67,000 people stood shocked and transfixed as Juan Alberto Schiaffino gave the lead to the Italian giants, a quarter of an hour into the second half. It looked like a team was finally going to knock the Bernabeu outfit off their perch. But, in typical Madrid fashion, Di Stefano found an answer, 15 minutes later. Milan took the lead again in two minutes, only for Madrid to promptly equalise in yes, two minutes. Alfredo Di Stefano 74’, Ernesto Grillo 77’, Hector Rial 79’ read the scoreboard after that amazing spell of five minute madness.
After an astonishing second half, Fransisco Gento won the match for Los Blancos in extra time, cementing their status as the greatest club team of all time. Interestingly, the then 21-year old Warren Beatty, now of “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Reds” fame, gave away the winners’ medals.