FC Barcelona have matched Bayern and Liverpool's record of five titles / GERMAN PARGA-FCB

Barça won the Champions League the hard way, beating the holders of all the major European league titles en route to victory. PSG, Manchester City and Bayern Munich were all disposed of before Serie A Juventus were added to the list in the final. We pick five of the most outstanding moments as the Catalans won the trophy for the fifth time in their history:

1. Winning start against APOEL

The 2014/15 campaign began with a tougher test than many had expected against Cypriot outfit APOEL. Piqué got the only goal in Luis Enrique’s first European game in charge. Ter Stegen, Munir El Haddadi, Sergi Samper and Sandro also debuted in the competition that day.


2. Defeat at Parc des Princes

Barça hadn’t lost all season until the trip to Paris. The 3-2 defeat meant PSG took over at the top of the Group F table. Xavi Hernández set a new record for appearances in the Champions League, 143, an honour that until then had been held by Ryan Giggs.


3. First goal for Suárez and new record for Messi

Luis Suárez, back from suspension following an incident at the World Cup, scored his first official goal in a Barça shirt to open the scoring in Nicosia. Messi then added a second to become the all-time leading goalscorer in the Champions League with 72 goals.


 4. Back on top

Barça beat PSG 3-1 in the final group match to qualify as group winners for the eighth season in a row. Ibrahimović put the Parisians into an early lead, but Messi and Neymar had turned things around by half-time and Luis Suárez settled things in the second half.

5. Ter Stegen saves Sergio Agüero penalty

Barça were winning 1-0 against Manchester City at the Camp Nou after already beating the Premiership champions 2-1 at the Etihad. But with 12 minutes to go, City were thrown a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty. Ter Stegen saved Kun Agüero’s spot kick and that was game over.


6. Messi nutmegs Milner

Lionel Messi never stops amazing the world with his stunning ball skills. Manchester City’s James Milner was on the receiving end of this cheeky nutmeg, which left the Englishman flailing on the floor.


7. And Luis Suárez does the same to David Luiz. Twice!

Barça beat PSG in the quarter finals. Neymar scored the first off a fine Messi assist, but the night belonged to Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan slipped the ball through the legs of Brazilian David Luiz not once but twice before finding the net.


8. Messi runs riot against Bayern

With two stunning goals in the last twenty minutes, the Argentinian ace was the hero of the first leg against the Bundesliga champions. The Bayern defence was powerless to stop him. Messi’s lightning run left Prince Boateng floored as he scored his first and the way he lifted the ball over Neuer’s head to score his second was absolute class.


 9. Xavi reaches 150 games in Champions League

Luis Enrique sent Xavi on in the 75th minute at the Allianz Arena, and the midfielder thus became the first player ever to make it to 150 games in the Champions League. A new record for the Barça icon.


10. Juventus beaten and champions again

Barça finally secured their fifth continental crown at the Olympiastadion in Berlin with a 3-1 victory over Juventus. Rakitic opened the scoring and although the Italians equalised, the Catalans marched on to be worthy winners of the competition.