The Champions League final wasn’t the only huge football match taking place on Saturday.
In fact, hours earlier at Wembley, an even more lucrative fixture had taken place: the Championship play-off final.
Aston Villa and Fulham were competing to join Wolves and Cardiff City in the Premier League next season. The winning team stood to benefit from additional revenue of at least £160 million over the next three seasons, according to the London Evening Standard.
The winners of Saturday’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, meanwhile, stood to take home £70 million.
It was Fulham who prevailed at Wembley thanks to Tom Cairney’s first half-goal, which was brilliantly assisted by 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon.
The Cottagers return to the English top flight after a four-year spell in the Championship.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, who finished third in the table, have been widely praised for their eye-catching football this season and will be an excellent addition to the Premier League if they can keep their top performers, including the likes of Sessegnon and Cairney.
What happened at half-time sums up modern football
While Fulham fans enjoyed an afternoon they’ll never forget, there was one incident at half-time which summed up the state of modern football in many people’s eyes.
A live match of FIFA 18 took place on the big screens - Aston Villa v Fulham, naturally - between two fans of the opposing teams.
Needless to say, this did not go down with most those inside the stadium, some of whom took to social media to express their disbelief.
Surely highlights of the game itself would have been better. Was a live version of FIFA 18 really necessary?
Harmless fun - or something to worry about?
Of course, those behind the idea were clearly trying to appeal to younger supporters inside the stadium.
It could also be argued that it was just a bit of fun and those having a moan shouldn’t be taking it so seriously.
But you can certainly understand why some football fans were left with their heads in the hands.
Modern football, eh.
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