“As a huge football fan myself, I know it doesn’t get any bigger than the UEFA Champions League!” the singer, real name Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, said in a statement.
“That’s why I’m so excited to be performing at this year’s final. Music and football are the ultimate combination, so you already know I’ll be bringing the vibes and making magic in Istanbul. The world ain’t ready for what we have in store!”
Big news! @burnaboy will be performing at the Champions League final in Istanbul alongside another amazing headliner! 🎶 🔥
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 16, 2023
The final will take place on 10 June at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium, with the pre-game show sponsored by Pepsi. Who he will perform with is yet to be announced, but he has been described as a “global sensation” in a press release.
Pepsi loves a football sponsorship and has enlisted Burna Boy, Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior and the Arsenal and England star Leah Williamson to spread the word through the hashtag #PepsiKickOffShow.
UEFA’s Guy-Laurent Epstein added: “The UEFA Champions League Final Kick Off Show is a significant part of our joint efforts with Pepsi MAX, providing an incredible opportunity to reach new and younger audiences with some of the biggest names and rising stars in music.”
On 3 June, Burna Boy will appear at Stratford’s London Stadium. He said of the date: “This is going to be legendary, it’s history and I can’t wait for you all to be a part of that.”