Alexandre Pato's 24-second strike against Barcelona & the fastest goals in Champions League history

Where did Pato's effort against Barca rank amongst the fastest goals in Champions League history? brings you the top 10
Alexandre Pato has joined an elite group of players after scoring one of the fastest goals in the Champions League during AC Milan's 2-2 draw at Barcelona on Tuesday evening.

It took the 22-year-old just 24 seconds to score the very first goal of the 2011-12 Champions League group stage campaign when he dissected the Barcelona backline by slipping the ball in between them and then effortlessly out-pacing two defenders before coolly slotting his shot past Victor Valdes.

The Brazilian's goal is the fifth fastest in the history of the Champions League, eclipsing the 25-second stunner by Dejan Stankovic for Inter against Schalke just five months ago in last season's quarter-finals. It also made Pato the fourth player from an Italian team to chart inside the top six of the competition's list of early goals.

Following Pato's wonderful solo strike, we now present you with the list of the 10 quickest goals in Europe’s premier club competition.

Pos Name Club Opponent   Date
Time (secs) 
1 Roy Makaay
Bayern Munich Real Madrid 07-03-07 10.02
2 Gilberto Silva Arsenal PSV 25-09-02 20.07
3 Alessandro Del Piero Juventus Manchester United 01-10-97 20.12
4 Clarence Seedorf
Milan Schalke 29-09-05 21.06
5 Alexandre Pato
Milan Barcelona 13-09-11 24
6 Dejan Stankovic Inter Schalke 05-04-11 25
7 Mariano Bombardo Willem II Sparta Prague 20-10-99 28.21
8 Alexandros Alexoudis Panathinaikos Aalborg 22-11-95 28.46
9 Deco Porto Molde 26-10-99 30.08
10 Andreas Moller Borussia Dortmund Juventus 13-09-95 37.04