This Billions Star is a Well-Known Red
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 26, 2018
No surprise, as we reported yesterday, that Damian would attend the 2018 UEFA Champions League final today, Saturday, May 26, 2018 at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine in support of his favorite football team, Liverpool, in the LFC vs. Real Madrid match. Damian posted this video to Twitter as he boarded the plane headed to Kyiv.
Damian has been a longtime fan of LFC since childhood – he took part in the coverage at Anfield for the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League tie with Manchester City on April 4 and last year he celebrated his 46th birthday at Anfield for Liverpool’s visit of Tottenham.
An avid Reds supporter, Damian (pictured with Clive Owen above) made the epic journey to Kyiv in the hope of being witness to a historic battle to take the UEFA Champions League trophy for the sixth time. But it wasn’t meant to be. Although his Redmen lost to Real Madrid 3-1 and no doubt he was gutted, Damian showed resilience in defeat by offering sportsmanship for his team and fans abroad. See fan pics on the next page and follow the gallery link.
— Bert Van der Auwera (@Bert_VdA) May 26, 2018
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithCCL) May 26, 2018
For many fans pre-game festivities began Thursday, May 24 and up to Saturday’s event, all part of the annual UEFA Champions Festival in Kyiv city centre, topping off with a triumphal ceremony that will go through Sunday, May 27. The festival was free to attend and was THE place for entertainment in the days around the final – including the UEFA Ultimate Champions Tournament featuring a host of UEFA Champions League greats (full line-ups here); plus freestylers, autograph signing sessions, bands, DJs and the chance to have your photo taken with the trophy.
Multi-platinum selling superstar and fellow Londoner sensation Dua Lipa performed before kick-off. She is the youngest female solo artist to reach a billion YouTube views to date.
As for Damian’s flight back from Kyiv to London, well, this happened:
Shiiiiiiit! If it’s true that the charter flight back to London was delayed because I forgot to let them know that I wouldn’t be on it then I apologise to all my LFC Fan Brothers unreservedly. That is the last thing you needed after the heartbreak of Kiev. Sorry. YNWA.
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) May 27, 2018