Chelsea tops UEFA prize money list with USD 126M last season
Champions League winner Chelsea earned nearly 120 million euros USD 126.5 million from UEFA last season, topping the prize money list for European clubs published Wednesday.
Champions League winner Chelsea earned nearly 120 million euros (USD 126.5 million) from UEFA last season, topping the prize money list for European clubs published Wednesday. That was just ahead of beaten finalist Manchester City, which received just over 119 million euros (USD 125.6 million) from a total fund of nearly 1.9 billion euros (USD 2 billion) shared by the 32 Champions League clubs. That total has risen to more than 2 billion euros (USD 2.1 billion) for the current and next two seasons.
Chelsea's total was at least 35 million euros (USD 37 million) more than Barcelona and Juventus, who lost in the round of 16 and then helped in the failed attempt to launch a Super League, which was designed to be more lucrative for top clubs.
Ferencváros received just 1.1 million euros (USD 1.16 million) from UEFA's 585-million euro (USD 618 million) fund rewarding clubs for their historical record in European competitions. In contrast, 13-time European champion Real Madrid was paid 35.5 million euros (USD 37.5 million) from that fund.
The wealth gap between the Champions League and second-tier Europa League was again clear. The Europa League's prize fund for clubs was 541 million euros (USD 571 million) — about 28% of the Champions League sum.
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