Fingers Pointed Every Direction In France After ‘Chaotic’ Champions League Final

PARIS - Chaotic scenes at the French national stadium before and during Saturday night's Champions League final were branded a national embarrassment, while French ministers blamed Liverpool fans for the trouble.

The final between Liverpool and Real Madrid kicked off with a 35-minute delay after police tried to hold back people attempting to force their way into the Stade de France without tickets, while some ticket holders complained they were not let in.

Mohamed Salah's Quest For Vengeance Against Real Madrid Only Ends In More Tears

How will Mohamed Salah remember the 2021-22 season? He hardly featured in the club's run to an FA Cup and EFL Cup double – logging a total of just 243 minutes across those two competitions — but Salah registered incredible numbers in the Premier League and Champions League (31 goals and 16 assists in 48 appearances) while the Reds came up agonizingly short in both competitions.

Salah's year was also soured by defeat to Sadio Mané's Senegal in both the Africa Cup of Nations final and the CAF World Cup qualifying playoffs, both of which occurred after the new year. 

Courtois And His Magical Spaghetti Limbs Single-Handedly Win Real Madrid UCL Title With Unreal Saves

Thibaut Courtois immortalized himself into the goalkeeper hall of fame with one of the greatest ever performances during Real Madrid’s 1-0 victory against Liverpool in the 2022 UEFA Champions League final.

Courtois was a one-man wall who wouldn’t have been scored on if the game lasted another 90 minutes. Liverpool in all its attacking glory was snuffed out by a 6 feet 7 inches tall Belgian with spaghetti for arms and legs.

Con Estas Seis Atajadas De Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid Ganó Su Champions League N°14

Real Madrid tiene un imán especialmente diseñado para ganar la Champions League. Los merengues derrotaron a Liverpool por 1-0 y obtuvieron la decimocuarta Orejona de su historia.

El gol lo hizo Vinícius Jr., al 58', cerrando la pinza a un centro potente de Federico Valverde.

Benzema’s Disallowed Goal Before Halftime Shockingly Overturned — It Should Have Counted

Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema thought he had scored the opening goal of the 2022 UEFA Champions League final when a mad scramble in Liverpool’s box ended up with the Frenchman slotting the ball into the net. A lengthy VAR ultimately decided that Benzema was offside.

This call was controversial to say the least.

Benzema Offside Call vs. Liverpool

Champions League Final Delayed 36 Minutes After Chaos Outside The Stadium

The 2022 Champions League Final — the most anticipated match of the year featuring Real Madrid and Liverpool, two of the world's most-followed clubs — was delayed 36 minutes after chaos outside the Stade de France in Paris resulted in the closure of gates and the slow filtering of supporters into the Liverpool end.

The original postponement was for 15 minutes, although an additional 15 was later added, as UEFA initially blamed the late arrival of Liverpool fans for the delay.

Jürgen Klopp Says Liverpool Will Be Playing For People Of Ukraine In Final

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp dedicated Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris to the people of Ukraine, expressing support for the country against Russia's invasion.

The game, a rematch of the 2018 final, had been scheduled for St Petersburg's Gazprom Arena but was shifted to the Stade de France after Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of its neighbor.

"I am happy that the game is here for thousands of reasons," Klopp told reporters. The war is still going on and we have to think about that." 

Mourinho Drives Roma Bus While Living His Best Life In Rome During Conference League Celebrations

Videos keep emerging of Roma’s Europa Conference League title celebrations and one video has gone viral. Prior to Roma’s parade through the city is appears that manager José Mourinho grabbed the wheel and took the bus for a little spin.

Mourinho Driving Bus Video

Real Madrid And Liverpool Meet Again After Four Years — Where Are Those 2018 Players Now?

Four years ago, Gareth Bale scored a sensational bicycle kick to win his team a Champions League title under the lights of the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine. That sentence is as impossible as ever in 2022. Perhaps it’s worth looking back at the players who took part in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final and see where they are now.

2018 Champions League Final Players — Where Are They Now?

Liverpool 2018 Champions League Players

GK — Loris Karius

Real Madrid’s Valverde Lands Himself In Doghouse With All-Time Wild Quote About His Wife

Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde might have had one of the wildest quotes from an athlete when he was asked about what winning the Champions League against Liverpool on Saturday would mean to him. This Valverde wife quote is an all-timer.

“It’s a unique trophy for any player in the world. I’m willing to sacrifice many things,” Valverde said to Spanish news outlet AS. “Except my son… but maybe even my wife.”