Defending Champions League champions, Real Madrid, received a prize money of $146 million, the highest amount given to a European club tournament last season.
According to UEFA’s announcement, the 32 clubs that participated in the group stage of the 2021-2022 Champions League were paid an average of $67.7 million, with the lowest payment of $26 million going to the Moldovan champions, Sheriff.
Real’s total payout includes basic participation fees for the Champions League group stage, performance-related bonuses, a share of broadcasting rights in Spain, and an additional payment based on the club’s historical performance in UEFA competitions.
Liverpool, the club that lost to Real in the Champions League final, ranked second in prize money, receiving $131.4 million from UEFA’s total prize fund of around $2.2 billion.
Behind them were Bayern Munich with $120.4 million, and Manchester City with $119 million. PSG, who lost to Real in the round of 16, received around $100.7 million from UEFA.
Chelsea was eliminated by Real in the quarterfinals and earned $100.6 million. “The Blues” face Real again in this season’s quarterfinals and risk losing their UEFA bonuses next season as they are currently in 11th place in the English Premier League.
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Barcelona pocketed $70.7 million from the Champions League group stage last season and an additional $7 million from the playoffs and Europa League round of 16. But in the quarterfinals of the second-tier European club tournament, Barca lost to Eintracht Frankfurt, who later became champions.
Frankfurt also received the highest amount of prize money in the Europa League with $41.6 million, while the runners-up, Rangers, received $22.7 million.
UEFA distributed $257 million to the clubs participating in the first season of the Europa Conference League, Europe’s third-tier competition. Roma, the champions of the tournament, received the largest prize money of $21 million.
UEFA club competitions such as Champion League and Europa League have always been a highlight of the footballing calendar. And this year’s 2021-22 season marks the start of a new three-year commercial cycle ahead of a significant revamp and expansion in 2024. The changes are set to bring even more excitement to fans worldwide, with teams playing more games in a single standings table than ever before.
Under the new format, each of the 36 teams in the Champions League will play eight games in a single standings table. This will replace the traditional group stage, which saw teams divided into groups of four, with the top two from each group progressing to the knockout stages. The changes mean more games for fans to enjoy, as well as greater opportunities for teams to progress further in the competition.
UEFA has been hit hard by the pandemic, and it’s no surprise that it is looking to recoup some of its losses. The governing body has decided to make total deductions from clubs of about €83m ($91m) per season to cover rebates to commercial partners for disruption during the pandemic-affected 2019-20 season.
This means that clubs will have to pay up, but it’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to participate in the biggest club competition in Europe.
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