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UCL: Alcantara, NOT Telles won the goal of the 21/22 campaign

Claim: Social media users are claiming that Alex Telles’ goal against Villareal has been voted the best goal of the 2021-22 season of the UEFA Champions League.

Verdict: The claim is false. Thiago Alcantara’s goal for Liverpool against Porto won the poll. 

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Some social media users have claimed Alex Telles’ goal for Manchester United against Villareal during the Group Stage of the just ended UEFA Champions League season has been voted as the best goal of the competition.

A number of these posts, which have been sighted by DUBAWA, were made by pages with thousands of followers.

One of the pages, We’re Manchester United, has over 119,000 followers. The claim made by the page has attracted 28K reactions, 386 comments and has been shared at least 218 times.

Another page where the claim has been made is ‘Glory Glory Man United – a page with 44,500 followers. The post has attracted 45K reactions, 461 comments, and 156 shares.

Several other users have made the same claim and this can be found here, here, here, and here.

A page on Facebook making the claim


To verify the claim, we relied on official information from uefa.com, the official website of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, UEFA announced the top ten goals of the 2021/22 Champions League campaign.

According to a publication on its website, the goals were selected by a Technical Observer panel and then put to a vote.

The ten goals selected by the panel were:

ScorerTeamGame Date
Karim BenzemaRead MadridChelsea 1-3 Real Madrid06/04/2022
Vinícius JúniorReal MadridShakhtar Donetsk 0-5 Real Madrid19/10/2021
Kylian MbappéParisParis 1-0 Real Madrid15/02/2022
Robert LewandowskiBayernDynamo Kyiv 1-2 Bayern23/11/2021
Marco AsensioReal MadridReal Madrid 2-0 Inter07/12/2021
Alex TellesManchester UnitedManchester United 2-1 Villarreal29/09/2021
Sébastien ThillSheriffReal Madrid 1-2 Sheriff28/09/2021
RodrygoReal MadridReal Madrid 2-3 Chelsea12/04/2022
Lionel MessiParisParis 2-0 Manchester City28/09/2021
Thiago AlcántaraLiverpoolLiverpool 2-0 Porto24/11/2021

A few days later, the organizers of the competition made another publication, headlined, “Thiago Alcántara tops fan vote for best goal of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League.”

“The Liverpool midfielder’s sweetly struck effort against Porto at Anfield has won the fan vote for goal of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League season. Thiago Alcántara’s sweetly struck piledriver for Liverpool against Porto on Matchday 5 has been voted goal of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League in a fan poll,” the story reads.

Thiago was followed by Lionel Messi for his goal against Manchester City and Alex Telles’ volley against Villareal.

Manchester United have also confirmed this. In a publication on its website, the club said that “Alex Telles has finished third in the voting for UEFA’s 2021/22 Champions League Goal of the Tournament award.”


Alex Telles’ goal against Villareal during the Group stage of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League has not been voted the best goal of the campaign. Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara’s goal won the poll.

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