Press Relase : Mastercard joins Olympique Lyonnais' Women's Team
Mastercard, one of sport's most prominent sponsors, has reinforced its commitment to sports - especially Women’s Football. This partnership sends a strong signal in favour of gender equality in sports and reflects both Mastercard’s and Olympique Lyonnais’ long-standing engagement for diversity, inclusion and equality. For more than 25 years, Mastercard has been a leader in sponsoring Women’s Football. As for Olympique Lyonnais, the club is widely recognized as a global benchmark in Women’s sports - or any sport in general - as recognized by the New York Times ahead of last weekend's UEFA Women's Champions League final. Olympique Lyonnais won its 6th UEFA Women's Champions League title last Saturday - the club's fourth in a row. It also won its eighth French Cup and its thirteenth consecutive national championship title, winning a historic Treble for the 2018-2019 season.
Through this three-year partnership agreement, Mastercard becomes one of Olympique Lyonnais female team's main sponsors, beginning in the 2019-2020 season. Mastercard also signed deals with several Olympique Lyonnais players, who will become Mastercard brand ambassadors.
These include Ada Hegerberg, the first woman to ever receive a Ballon d’Or, is joined by Wendie Renard, Olympique Lyonnais captain and former French national team captain, Kadeisha Buchanan, captain of the Canadian national team, and Saki Kumagai, captain of the Japanese national team.
"Olympique Lyonnais is proud to partner with Mastercard. This partnership with the Women’s team reflects the confidence one of the world’s payment systems sector leaders has in the Olympique Lyonnais strategy and our ambition to achieve equality and balance in football. This is part of our club’s DNA. We are truly honoured to have the support of major companies which share and thrive for these values and commit to them in the long-term. It is a massive recognition for our sport and for the track record our team has built" - Thierry Sauvage, Olympique Lyonnais Managing Director.
“By investing significantly in women’s football, as a professional and influential sport, we have an opportunity to directly impact the lives of athletes and help build sustainable programs to which girls and women around the world can aspire,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communications officer, Mastercard.