THE Champions League officials could barely keep their excitement in as they BOTH kissed their medal.
Bayern Munich became European kings for the sixth time after Kingsley Coman’s second-half header was enough to win the game.
Superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were heartbroken after finishing runners-up.
But referee Daniele Orsato and his assistant Lorenzo Manganelli were just as happy as the Bayern players as he beamed while collecting his medal.
The Italian pair even gave it a kiss for good measure having helped officiate the biggest game of the campaign.
Eagle-eyed viewers hailed the linesman for his passion post-match.
One said: “These refs work their entire careers and majority of their life to ref this match! He’s proud!”
Another said: “It’s means as much to them to officiate a final as it does a player to win it. It’s the pinnacle of their profession.”
The squad in the VAR room had a different night, though, having been questioned for not intervening following a collision with Joshua Kimmich and Mbappe.
Referee Daniele Orsato indicated his belief that German Kimmich got the ball as the play unfolded.
But replays suggested that was not the case, with Mbappe touching the ball away before hitting the deck.
Whether that represented a clear and obvious error from the referee was left up for debate.
BT Sport’s commentators insisted they had not received any signal that VAR had even checked the incident.
Former Premier League referee Peter Walton stated that the decision could easily have been overturned.
He said: “The more we look at it in slow motion, the more we can clearly see there was contact on Kylian Mbappe’s heel.
“And it could have been given as a penalty kick.”