If you want the chance to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Ramos, Gonzalo Higuain, Marcelo and Paulo Dybala as Real Madrid take on Juventus in this season’s Champions League final you’re going to need to cough up some serious cash.
Official prices for the showpiece at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium started at £60 and increased to £390 depending on the category of ticket. But UEFA’s ballot closed back in March and beyond each club’s individual allocation, you’re left to fight over insanely priced sell-ons online.
A quick look at various ticket websites and you’ll be able to find availability starting from upwards of £850 per person and easily escalating into £5,000 territory. Somewhere around £1,500 seems to be the average and well out of the price range for most fans.
But there is a way you can get tickets to a Champions League final in Cardiff this season for an infinitely more affordable price.
Two days before Real and Juve go head to head, Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain will contest the UEFA Women’s Champions League final just across the River Taff at Cardiff City Stadium.
— Ashley Lawrence (@AshleyLawrence) 30. travnja 2017.
Tickets are still available for the 1st June finale and can be picked up for just £6, and only £3 for senior citizens or children. You won’t see Ronaldo or Buffon, but you will see many of the very biggest names in the women’s game today.
Recently crowned French champions for the 11th successive year, Lyon have been the strongest women’s club side in Europe since the Champions League was introduced ahead of the 2009/10 campaign. They have reached six out of eight finals, up to and including 2017, winning three of them and are the current reigning champions.
Among their ranks are American superstar Alex Morgan, a regular feature of global Nike campaigns and one of the few female players to have become a household football name beyond the usual confines of the women’s game.
Alongside Morgan is prolific Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg, scorer of 54 goals last season alone and who shared a stage with Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2015/16 UEFA awards when each player was named Best Player in Europe for their respective gender.
Forward Eugenie Le Sommer and defender Wendy Renard are both stars of the top class French national team, while German Dzsenifer Maroszan and Swede Caroline Seger won gold and silver medals respectively at the 2016 Olympics last summer. Canadian centre-back Kadeisha Buchanan is an uncompromising defender of the highest order and physicality.
Ada Hegerberg with Cristiano Ronaldo at 2015/16 UEFA awards ceremony in August
In the PSG team you’ll see Brazilian forward Cristiane, scorer of six goals en-route to the final and veteran of four World Cups, as well as former winner Veronica Boquete and very highly rated Canadian signing Ashley Lawrence.
The Parisians are also coached by Patrice Lair, who previously led Lyon to two of their Champions League triumphs in 2011 and 2012, and have acquired defender Laura Georges and Costa Rica international captain Shirley Cruz from those victorious Lyon squads.
Tickets can be found on the FA Wales website.