Financial services company MasterCard on Wednesday, July 1 2015, announced that it has extended its long-standing UEFA Champions League sponsorship for the next three seasons through to 2018.
According to a release made available to Completesportsnigeria.com, the renewal includes sponsorship of the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Women’s Champions League final and the UEFA Youth League finals.
The agreement will also see MasterCard continue as the official provider of UEFA Champions League player mascots.
Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer at MasterCard said: “We are very proud and excited to renew our sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League, a long-standing partnership dating back to 1994.
"During this time we’ve seen countless priceless moments on the pitch and the passion of the fans has continued to grow around the world for this great competition.
“Association with key sporting events is an important way that MasterCard can directly connect fans and people around the world to the priceless possibilities associated with their passions."
Rajamannar continued with glee at the plans of the company:
"We look forward to another three seasons of supporting Europe’s premier club competition along with the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Women’s Champions League final and UEFA Youth League finals.”
Mastercard has been one of the leading brands that sponsor global football events.
The group stage of the 2015/16 Champions League begins in September 2015, but the First Round qualifying matches have already begun across Europe.
Barcelona are the current European champions.
Meanwhile, the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, will host the UEFA Champions League final in 2017, UEFA have announced.