10-year old Basmah Nawaf Alshnaifi became the first ever Saudi girl to be a mascot for a UEFA Champions League game, according to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. MasterCard, being the tournament’s official sponsor, gave Alshnaifi the opportunity to walk the pitch alongside international football champions like Mohamed Salah, Divock Origi, and Hugo Lloris during the tournament’s final between Liverpool and Tottenham in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
Paving the way for other young girls to experience a similar once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Basmah said: “I never thought I would ever have such an experience in my life. I have always had the dream to play in a big stadium and today I am present in the UEFA Champions League Final as a player mascot. I want to thank MasterCard for making this happen. This is the best gift I’ve ever received and I will always remember it. Thank you as well to my family and academy for supporting me”.
On the other hand, MasterCard’s General Manager for Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, J.K. Khalid, said “At MasterCard, we are committed to offering cardholders priceless opportunities that allow them to pursue their passions, it’s heartening to see such unbridled enthusiasm for football among young Saudi girls today, and we couldn’t be happier to help make Basmah’s dream a reality”.