The 2017/18 Champions League Final was contested yesterday. Real Madrid and Liverpool went toe to toe for the trophy at the beautiful arena in Kiev. After 90 minutes of action it was joy and celebration for Real Madrid but for Liverpool it was heartbreak. The match eventually ended 3 goals to one in favor of Real Madrid. Prior to the match a lot of things were said and expected. But only what transpired on the pitch mattered.
After three days of that eagerly contested affairs some things happened or have happened. Let take a look at six of the things that happened. I term them 6 aftermath of the 2017/18 Champions League final. They are the injury certain players sustained, the history Real Madrid and Ronaldo made. We can talk about the record of Jürgen Klopp, his recruitment in response to the final and Sergio Ramos’ history.
After the conclusion of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final, a few players’ worst nightmares were realized. What was their nightmares? Their worst nightmares were sustaining injury before the 2018 World Cup at Russia. Their dreams were to play in Russia. That dream is now in jeopardy.
The two players I am talking about are Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool and Dani Carvajal of Spain and Real Madrid. Mohammed Salah sustained his injury while tussling with Sergio Ramos. The incident that caused the injury is already a debate that has seen 400,000 petitions signed. The petition seeks to get justice for Salah by punishing Sergio Ramos.
Dani Carvajal also sustained his hamstring injury after his disastrous attempted back heel. His night like Salah’s ended before halftime. They both face anxious wait to discover if there is an outside chance of going to Russia. This injury should they not make it to Russia will rob the tournament of two great players. It is one aftermath of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid Record.
Real Madrid before the final in Kiev knew that an exclusive record awaited them should they clinch the trophy. That record was being the first team to win the UEFA Champions League 13 times. The record also included being the first team since the tournament reformatted to win it 3 consecutive times. Real Madrid achieved both records when they won by 3 goals to 1 courtesy of Bale’s double and Benzema’s goal.
Those record catapulted them to new heights in the UEFA Champions League and Club football. They will no doubt dream of extending that record by one when the competition reopen in the summer. Real Madrid’s records was another aftermath of the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev.
Ronaldo’s Champions League Record.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a few records in sight prior to the anticipated clash in Kiev. One of them was to become the only footballer in the modern era to win the competition 5 times. The other was to become the first man in the modern era to win the golden boot 6 times in a row and the most win of 7.
Though Ronaldo did not influence the match, by the end of 90 minutes of football the record was his. He achieved both records without having to score a goal. That was how influential he was throughout the tournament that he could afford to take a day off. He now holds those two all-important records and could add to it in the coming years.
Jürgen Klopp unfortunate record in tournament finals continued after the match in Kiev. Before the event in Kiev he had only won one of his 6 finals he had contested as a Manager. He extended that record in Kiev to 1 win in 7 finals. That was how unfortunate he was to the extent that he lost his best player 26 minutes into the final.
The record has followed him from his days at Borussia Dortmund to Liverpool with his last cup win in 2012. His unwanted record was another aftermath of the final in Kiev.
Ramos’ Champions League Record.
Sergio Ramos made history in Kiev last Saturday. He did so by becoming the first captain in the modern era to lift the UEFA Champions League 3 times in a row. He is also the captain with the most win.
Despite the controversy surrounding his part in the injury of Mohammed Salah, he still holds this enviable record. He went about his business as a captain and delivered the trophy for Real Madrid. After all that was the most important task. It was what mattered after the finals in Kiev.
After Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp’s failure in Kiev three days ago, a lot of things are happening aftermath. The manager who contested the final with a thin and overstretched squad is making a statement of intent. He quickly snapped up Fabinho of Brazil and Monaco to improve his squad. Talks are ongoing for Nabil Fekir whiles rumors are going around about his interest in Allison Becker.
His interest in a keeper isn’t surprising considering the performance of Karius in that finals. This statement of intent is exactly what Liverpool fans will be hoping for to forget about the events of Kiev.
Good things for the Champions league.
A lot of things were said and expected and many of them did happened. Though some was not good for Liverpool, the same can’t be said about the UEFA Champions League. Some record were set while others were broken. So overall this year was a good one for the UEFA Champions League.
I hope those who didn’t get to watch the 2017/18 Champions League final will enjoy this and have a fair knowledge about what transpired. Please share if you found it interesting. Let join hands to promote and grow the game.
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By: Fredrick Adehe.