Real Madrid have a special affinity with the Champions League. Since dominating the early editions of the tournament, no side has been crowned European champions on more occasions than the Spanish giants.
Los Blancos will be looking to win a record-extending 14th title when the club take on Liverpool this weekend, with the two teams going head-to-head in a European Cup final for the third time.
Ahead of their meeting in Paris, we remember each of Real Madrid’s 13 final wins.
Real Madrid 4-3 Reims (1956)
Real Madrid were crowned winners of the inaugural European Cup in 1956, beating French side Reims in an entertaining final held in Paris.
Reims started in quick-fire fashion and scored twice inside the opening 10 minutes through Michel Leblond and Jean Templin, but Real responded before half-time as Alfredo Di Stefano and Héctor Rial brought the teams level.
Reims took the lead for a second time, but it was the Spanish side who emerged triumphant after a seven-goal thriller as Marquitos and a second goal from Rial ensured the first ever European Cup headed to the Bernabeu.
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It was the start of an unmatched period of dominance.
Real Madrid 2-0 Fiorentina (1957)
The defending champions retained the trophy at a packed Bernabeu in 1957, becoming the first team to be crowned European Cup winners in their own stadium.
Real faced Italian opposition in Fiorentina, taking the lead in front of a huge 124,000 attendance through a controversial penalty from Di Stefano.
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Francisco Gento – winner of a record six European Cups – added a second as Real won back-to-back crowns.
Real Madrid 3-2 AC Milan – AET (1958)
Real Madrid continued their dominance of the trophy the following season, edging AC Milan in a hard-fought final held in Brussels.
Milan – who eliminated Matt Busby’s Manchester United in the semi-finals three months after the Munich Air Disaster – twice took the lead, but Real fought back on each occasion before winning in extra-time.
Di Stefano scored the first equaliser to make it three successive finals scored in, with the forward ending the campaign as the European Cup’s leading scorer on 10 goals.
Gento eventually found the extra-time winner as his low effort made it three in a row for Real.
Real Madrid 2-0 Reims – (1959)
Reims were the final opponents in 1959, as the two teams who contested the inaugural final renewed rivalries in Stuttgart.
Real Madrid opened the scoring inside the opening minute through Enrique Mateos’ fine finish and dominated the game, with Di Stefano scoring his now customary final goal two minutes after the break to seal the win.
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The win was a second triumph for manager Luis Carniglia, after José Villalonga had led the side to their first two European Cup trophies.
Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt (1960)
One of the most iconic finals of all time saw Real Madrid thrash Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960, as the legendary talents of Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano ran riot in Glasgow.
Di Stefano hit a hat-trick to make it five consecutive finals scored in, whilst Puskas scored four of his own in an exhibition of attacking football and one of the great performances in club football history.
Puskas had deemed himself to be on the decline after signing for Real Madrid at 31, but proceeded to score 242 goals in 262 appearances for the club’s dominant side of the era.
🏆✨ A MAGNIFICENT 7⃣⚽!
📺⏮Relive one of the best exhibitions in football history as we saw off @eintracht_eng 7-3 in Glasgow in 1960 to win our FIFTH European Cup in a row!#RMFansEnCasa | #StayHome pic.twitter.com/fk9eR9a8cz
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) March 20, 2020
The final remains the highest scoring in the competition’s history, whilst Puskas and Di Stefano are among just three players to have scored hat-tricks in the final, alongside AC Milan’s Pierino Prati in 1969. Puskas repeated the feat in 1962, though Real were beaten 5-3 by Benfica.
Real Madrid 2-1 Partizan Belgrade (1966)
Real’s run of consecutive European Cups came to an end, with Los Blancos beaten in two finals (1962 and 1964) before winning their sixth crown in 1966.
Miguel Muñoz – who took over the side before the 1960 win before becoming one of football’s most successful managers – saw his side come back from a goal down to beat Partizan Belgrade in Belgium.
Amancio netted the equaliser, before Fernando Serena made it two goals in six minutes to bring Ol’ Big Ears back to the Bernabeu.
Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid (1998)
Anticipation was high ahead of the 1998 Champions League final, as Real returned to club football’s biggest showpiece looking to end a 32-year wait for European success.
In their path was a Juventus side considered strong favourites and into their third final in a row, whilst Los Blancos were in their first of the Champions League era.
Real had also endured a disastrous domestic campaign, their form in Europe at odds with their league performances as the club finished a distant fourth in La Liga.
⚪️ #OTD in 1998, Real Madrid lifted the trophy for the first time since 1966…
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In a tight final Predrag Mijatovic scored the only goal in Amsterdam, reacting to a loose ball to secure a first European Cup for Real Madrid since the club’s golden period of the 1950s and 1960s.
Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia (2000)
The 2000 final was the first that pitted together two teams from the same country, as Real Madrid took on Valencia in Paris.
Real had endured another testing league campaign to finish fifth, two places behind their Spanish counterparts in La Liga.
The European experience of Vicente del Bosque’s side came to the fore however, in a one-side final that saw Fernando Morientes open the scoring with a first-half header.
📅 #OTD in 2000, Real Madrid lifted their 8th European Cup 🏆
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Steven McManaman – who became the first English player to win the Champions League with a non-English club – added a second with a stunning scissor-kick effort, before Raul’s breakaway goal sealed the win.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Real Madrid (2002)
Real reached the final for a third time in five seasons in 2002, meeting Bayer Leverkusen at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
The Bundesliga side had eliminated Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United to reach the final and threatened an upset, as Lucio cancelled out Raul’s eighth-minute opener in an entertaining start to the showpiece.
The final was decided by a moment of magic from Zinedine Zidane, who scored one of the great Champions League goals with a wondrous volley from the edge of the area.
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It was moment of pure inspiration from the reigning World Player of the Year, who had arrived in a world-record deal from Juventus the previous summer to join the club’s glamorous Galactico project.
Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid – AET (2014)
More than a decade passed before Real Madrid reached another final, with the talk surrounding ‘La Decima’ and a fabled 10th European title ahead of the 2014 edition.
Atletico Madrid were the opponents in the first-ever final between clubs from the same city and looked set to end their rival’s dreams.
Atletico led through Diego Godin’s goal until the final seconds of stoppage time, when Sergio Ramos rose highest to meet Luka Modric’s corner and dramatically force extra-time.
📆 OTD in 2014! 🤯
It’s the 93rd minute in the #UCLfinal, Real Madrid are trailing 0-1 to Atletico, La Decima seemingly out of their grasp…
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A shell-shocked Atletico were unable to recover as Real ran riot in extra-time, goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo sealing a drought-breaking success in Lisbon.
Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid won 5-3 on penalties (2016)
Spanish capital rivalries resumed two seasons later, as the two Madrid clubs met once again in the Champions League final.
Another tight encounter followed with Sergio Ramos opening the scoring for Real Madrid, before Atletico missed a chance to equalise as Antoine Griezmann crashed his penalty off the crossbar.
⏪ 2016 final penalty shoot-out…
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Yannick Carrasco’s leveller forced the final into extra-time, though it was heartbreak for Atletico in the shootout. Juanfran’s miss provided Cristiano Ronaldo with the chance to score the winner and secure a record-extending 11th European crown.
Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid (2017)
No side had ever defended the trophy in the Champions League era, but Real Madrid proved too strong for Juventus in a punishing performance in 2017.
Mario Mandzukic’s wonder goal for Juventus brought the teams level in an even first half, after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real.
📅 #OTD in 2017, Real Madrid lifted their 12th European Cup 🏆
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The second-half proved a one-sided affair as the Spanish side ran riot in Cardiff however, as further goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio sealed back-to-back Champions League wins.
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool (2018)
Not since Bayern Munich in the 1970s had a team won three consecutive European Cups, but Real’s all-conquering side achieved the feat with victory over Liverpool in 2018.
The holders were given a huge helping hand from Loris Karius, who endured a nightmare performance in goal for Liverpool – including two howlers – to hand Madrid another European success.
Gareth Bale came off the bench to inspire the win after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema’s gift-wrapped opener, scoring a sublime overhead kick moments later to give the Spaniards the lead.
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Bale scored a second with a swerving effort that was fumbled into his own goal by Karius, as Real secured a fourth Champions League crown in just five seasons.
The win was Zinedine Zidane’s third as a manager, becoming just the third man to achieve the feat after Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti.