Andriy Shevchenko admits "the wound is still bleeding" as he opened up on his and AC Milan's part in the Miracle of Istanbul.
The Italian side threw away a 3-0 half-time lead against Liverpool in 2005, eventually losing on penalties.
Shevchenko was in his prime as the current holder of the Ballon d'Or but missed the decisive penalty.
He also missed a guilt-edge chance with the scores level as Jerzy Dudek made an incredible double save.
The Ukrainian admits, 16 years on from the iconic night, that the pain still firmly exists.
He told Corriere della Sera: "The wound is still bleeding. It bothers me that they said that we were carried away by the euphoria.
"Maldini said at half time to be careful. The first months after the final I would wake up screaming in the middle of the night thinking about it."
Shevchenko has now transitioned from a player to a coach and is in charge of his national team.
The striker watched on as Liverpool struck three times inside six second-half minutes to level the scores.
Carlo Ancelotti was forced to watch on as the trophy slipped away but Shevchenko, with the benefit of hindsight, believes the Italian should've stemmed the flow of the game somehow.
He added: "Now that I am a coach I think about those minutes in which we scored three goals. It is not a criticism of Ancelotti, but I would have stopped the game, changed something."
Shevchenko ended up leaving Milan 12 months later as he made the move to Chelsea for a British record transfer fee.
Ancelotti would go on to win his second Champions League title with the Rossoneri in 2007, gaining revenge over Liverpool.
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