The match ball for the men’s UEFA Champions League final on Saturday (May 28) between six-time champions Liverpool and record 13-time champions Real Madrid was proudly “Made in Pakistan”.
The match ball in Paris had a “global message for peace” and will be auctioned to generate funds for individuals who have been forced to evacuate their homes as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The UEFA Champions League Final update:
Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League for the 14th time with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the final, owing to a second-half goal from Vincius Jnior.
For the 14th time, Real Madrid has brought the Champions League trophy to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Along with the trophy, the club will bring a massive quantity of prize money to Madrid, which it won during its Champions League campaign in 2021-22.
The word “миp” is written in Cyrillic character on the match ball, with the English translation “peace” placed just beneath it.
The “Made in Pakistan” football
The ball was “Made in Pakistan” for adidas which described it as “a simple message of peace, belonging, and optimism that will be shared from player to player with every kick.”
The match ball will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to aid in the protection of refugees forced to escape their homes due to conflict and persecution.
The ball’s overall design, provided by official supplier adidas, was remarkably clean and simple, with pure white panels symbolizing peace and harmony.
Olive branches are used as a symbol of peace in the final branding. These were influenced by the Art Nouveau movement, which peaked in Paris in the early 1900s.
Sialkot and Football making
Nearly 70% of the world’s soccer balls are manufactured in the Pakistani city of Sialkot. In Sialkot, more than 1,000 soccer ball companies employ around 60,000 people.
Pakistan delivered 38 million balls for $154 million ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite their FIFA rating of 198. For all the FIFA events and UEFA Champions Leagues, the footballs are “Made in Pakistan”.