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Messi, Ronaldo, Bale and Ramsey all dreaming of Cardiff success next year.

First published:
12 December 2016
Last updated:

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With the group stage safely navigated and the first knock out stage draw complete, 16 teams now remain in the hunt for a place in the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff on 3 June, which will follow the Women’s Champions League Final on the 1 June. 

As the road to Cardiff becomes clearer, the preparations to host the world’s biggest single sporting event in Wales are gathering momentum as  more than 200million people in over 200 countries are expected to watch the Cardiff final live. 

Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: 

“Next year has been designated the ‘Year of Legends’ in Wales – and what a legendary event this will be for Cardiff and Wales. 

“We are gearing up to deliver the best Champions League Finals yet.  The World’s perception of Wales’ role in football changed following this year’s Euros and has given us an excellent platform from which to work on delivering this phenomenal event next year – which will be on a scale yet to be seen in Wales - and Cardiff. 

“The last decade has seen Wales attract many of the world’s premier sporting events - the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Ashes, World Cups, the UEFA Champions League Final, Rally GB, the Heineken Cup final, Ironman, the Volvo Ocean race and the Ryder Cup, amongst others.

“For a country of just three million people, that is an outstanding achievement and I’m delighted the Welsh Government has been able to directly support so many of these bids.  We now look forward to welcoming our biggest event yet.”