When is the Champions League final 2021? Date, time, where it is … Tue, 27 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0100-Karim Benzema has joined Raúl González as the fourth highest scorer in UEFA Champions League history: marvel at his stats.
Karim Benzema has taken his UEFA Champions League goals total to 71, matching Real Madrid great Raúl González's tally to become the joint fourth highest scorer in Europe's top club football competition.
Now 33, Benzema scored for Lyon on his UEFA Champions League debut – in a 2-1 group stage win against Rosenborg on 6 December 2005, 13 days before his 18th birthday. He left France for Madrid in 2009 (the same summer that Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Merengues), and has maintained his record of scoring at least one UEFA Champions League goal a season for 16 campaigns. It's a record he shares with Lionel Messi.
The Frenchman's next challenge may be to see whether he can overtake Robert Lewandowski (73 goals) to move up to third on the list. Lewandowski is around nine months younger than Benzema. In any case, with six goals this season, the Real Madrid ace is closing in on his best seasonal haul for the UEFA Champions League: he netted a personal-best seven in the 2011/12 campaign.
To date, Benzema has scored in 53 UEFA Champions League games, with those goals contributing to 39 wins and 11 draws as well as three defeats.
Champions League icon: Raúl González
Benzema vs Raúl
Benzema and Raúl were team-mates for just one season in Madrid, with the former bagging nine goals in all competition's to his captain's seven in 2009/10. Raúl left for Schalke during summer 2010, having scored 66 goals in his 132 UEFA Champions League appearances for the club (a club record Ronaldo would go on to break in 2015).
With 59 of his 71 goals coming for the Merengues, Benzema has a way to go to catch Raúl as Real Madrid's second-top UEFA Champions League marksman; however, he has won the UEFA Champions League more times with the club (four titles to Raúl's three) and boasts a slightly faster strike rate – Raúl registered exactly 0.5 goals per game whereas Benzema's strike rate in 110 games is 0.54.
134 Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
120 Lionel Messi (ARG, Barcelona)
73 Robert Lewandowski (POL, Dortmund, Bayern)
71 Raúl González (ESP, Real Madrid, Schalke)
71 Karim Benzema (FRA, Lyon, Real Madrid)
56 Ruud van Nistelrooy (NED, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
50 Thierry Henry (FRA, Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
120 Lionel Messi (ARG, Barcelona)
105 Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Real Madrid)
66 Raúl González (ESP, Real Madrid)
59 Karim Benzema (FRA, Real Madrid)
55 Robert Lewandowski (POL, Bayern)
Season by season
Five great Benzema goals
Benzema and Lionel Messi are the only players who have scored in 16 successive UEFA Champions League campaigns. Ryan Giggs also hit the target in 16 seasons, yet the Manchester United winger did so non-consecutively.
2005/06 1 (Lyon)
2006/07 2 (Lyon)
2007/08 4 (Lyon)
2008/09 5 (Lyon)
2009/10 1 (Real Madrid)
2010/11 6 (Real Madrid)
2011/12 6 (Real Madrid)
2012/13 5 (Real Madrid)
2013/14 5 (Real Madrid)
2014/15 6 (Real Madrid)
2015/16 4 (Real Madrid)
2016/17 5 (Real Madrid)
2017/18 5 (Real Madrid)
2018/19 4 (Real Madrid)
2019/20 5 (Real Madrid)
2020/21 6 (Real Madrid)
Goals by round
51 Group stage
11 Round of 16
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema goes fourth in all-time Champions … Tue, 27 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0100-Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are the last four teams standing in this season's Champions League.
The Champions League final will close out the 2020-21 season before the focus switches to this summer’s European Championships.
At the semi-final stage, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid all remain in contention for the Champions League.
Chelsea beat Porto in the quarter-finals, and they take on a Real Madrid side who knocked Liverpool out of the competition.
The other semi-final sees Manchester City, who beat Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate in the last eight, play last year’s losing finalists PSG.
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PSG got their revenge against holders Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side are only just behind City with the bookies as both clubs chase a maiden triumph.
The 2021 Champions League final takes place on Saturday 29 May at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium. The kick-off time is set to be 7pm BST, with Turkey two hours ahead.
It is the same venue as Liverpool’s 2005 triumph, dubbed the “Miracle of Istanbul” after they recovered from a 3-0 half-time deficit to beat AC Milan on penalties.
Champions League semi-final results and fixtures
Is Champions League final free to watch in UK?
BT Sport have shown the final for free in the UK since they won the rights to broadcast the Champions League from the 2015-16 season.
This year’s Champions League final is likely to be shown on BT Sport 2, while it is set to be available to live stream for free on the BT Sport app, on BTSport.com, as well as on BT Sport’s YouTube channel.
Champions League odds
City and PSG are yet to win a Champions League, but the winner of their semi-final is set to head into the final as favourites.
Real are 13-time winners of the competition, while Chelsea won their first and to date only European Cup nine years ago when beating Bayern Munich in the 2012 final.
Odds best available at time of writing on 27 April:
Will fans attend the final?
The Turkisk Super Lig is being played behind closed doors this season, meaning no supporters have attended matches at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, where Fatih Karagümrük play their home matches.
UEFA’s website states information about the ticket sales for this match – availability of tickets, application deadline, ticket prices – should be communicated around the end of April.
The governing body could, however, wait for the second legs to conclude in the first week of May before making a final decision.
Covid-19 travel restrictions will also undoubtedly play a part. International travel is banned until at least 17 May under England’s lockdown roadmap, and a decision is not expected until early May as to when exactly this will be lifted.
– April 27, 2021
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