The wait is over, and in a matter of hours, it will be known who is the new king of Europe. Liverpool and Real Madrid will face each other at Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, May 28 in the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League Final.
This will be the sixty-seventh European Cup final and the thirtieth final since Europe's most important club-level event has been known as the UCL. Hundreds of teams and thousands of players would wish to be in the place of Los Merengues and The Reds.
32 teams participate in the Champions League, only two reach the final, and just one is crowned champion. "Of course, my dream is to win another Champions League. But we have to be very well prepared and play to win in the final," said Karim Benzema, Real Madrid captain. For the fact of having reached the final, players will receive a medal, but the champion will receive a more valuable medal than the loser.
Medals awarded by UEFA: How many are they, what are they made of, and how much do they cost?
UEFA not only awards the championship trophy and money but also gives out 80 medals to the two finalist teams. UEFA awards 40 gold medals to the winning club. The medals are golden but contain a small amount of gold. They are most often made of an alloy of other chemical elements.
UEFA also awards 40 medals to the runner-up but made of sterling silver, which contains 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals. In addition, the two medals have a ribbon containing the respective data of the final (year and venue) with designs and colors that change every season.
As usual, the medals will be handed out by UEFA President Alexander Ceferin. The medal will not only have sentimental value for the players and coaching staff of the teams but each medal that will be awarded to the winner of the Champions League is believed to be worth between €13,200 and €16,500.