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Real Madrid supporters celebrate in Cibeles square in downtown Madrid, at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on 28 May, 2022. Photo: Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

The most watched Champions League Finals in history

A study of various online video-sharing and social media platforms has uncovered the most discussed and viewed Champions League finals. 

Champions league

Real Madrid supporters celebrate in Cibeles square in downtown Madrid, at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on 28 May, 2022. Photo: Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

Ever wondered which Champions League Finals football fans found the most captivating?

ARKA has recently conducted a study from various online video-sharing and social media platforms to find out the most discussed and viewed Champions League finals. 

The most watched Champions League Finals

The study focused on the cumulative view numbers of these finals and the level of social engagement surrounding them. Compiled in May 2024, the data ranks all the finals from the most to the least viewed.

Firstly, the most-watched Champions League final is the 2015 matchup between Juventus and Barcelona, which has 18.2M views. Featuring the attacking trio of Messi, Neymar, and Suárez, contributed significantly to the high viewership, as they led Barcelona to a memorable 3-1 win.

The second most-watched final in the ranking is the 2016 clash between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, attracting 17.2M viewers. This match earned the majority of its viewership for its dramatic finish in a penalty shootout after Sergio Ramos’ equalizer and Ronaldo’s winning goal in the shootout.

Bronze medal

Furthermore, third place was secured by the 2008 game between Manchester United and Chelsea, which drew 16.7M viewers. The high viewership of this match was driven by key moments such as John Terry’s infamous missed penalty and Cristiano Ronaldo’s early header, crucial for his first Champions League victory.

The fourth most popular final in the list is the 2017 match between Juventus and Real Madrid, attracting 15.3M viewers.

Champions League Finals: The miracle in Istanbul

Additionally, fifth in the ranking is the 2005 clash between AC Milan and Liverpool which gathered 14M views. Known as the “Miracle of Istanbul,” the match’s popularity mostly comes from Liverpool’s dramatic comeback from a three-goal deficit to win on penalties, making it one of the most iconic moments in football history.

To add to that, Chelsea vs Bayern Munich final in 2012 took sixth place, attracting 13.8M views. Furthermore,tThis game is memorable for Chelsea winning their first Champions League trophy in a dramatic penalty shootout, contributing to its high viewership and its place in the ranking.

Liverpool and Tottenham, which drew 11.3M viewers takes seventh. However, Liverpool’s early goal laid the groundwork for their 2-0 win, securing their sixth European title and making it one of the most viewed and discussed finals of the championship.

Rounding out the most watched Champions League Finals

Tied for ninth in viewership, the 2002 and 2014 Champions League finals both featuring Real Madrid attracted 10.4M views. The 2014 match featuring Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid is notable for Sergio Ramos’s late equalizer, which led to a dramatic 4-1 victory after extra time. This win secured Real Madrid their “La Decima” title.

Finally, rounding out the top ten, the 2018 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool attracted 9.7M viewers. The match also featured Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory, highlighted by Gareth Bale’s remarkable overhead kick, which sealed their third consecutive Champions League title.