NYON: The 32 teams in last season’s UEFA Champions League shared €904m in payments from European football’s governing body, with winners Real Madrid netting €57.4m.
Each club received at least €12.2m for participating in the tournament, which is only a little bit less than Sevilla received for winning the Europa League (€14.6m).
In the Champions League, performances bonuses were paid for every win or draw in the group stage and each knockout round successfully negotiated.
Monies from the market pool were divided according to the proportional value of the national television market allocated to each individual club.
Unsurprisingly, eventual winners Real Madrid secured the highest payment from the UEFA Champions League, their €57.4m including the standard €8.6m participation bonus, more than €20.5m from the market pool and over €28m in performance monies including €10.5m for their final victory.
The figures include payments being withheld due to clubs breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, including Paris Saint-German, who incidentally were the second-highest payment before deduction, at €54.4m. This is due to Marseille being the only other French club in the tournament and thus providing a greater market pool for PSG, who gained €33.9m through these means.
Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munchen, Chelsea and Barcelona all collected over €40m, whilst RSC Anderlecht collected the least amount of money at €12.2m.
Europa League payments pale in comparison
Teams in the second-tier competition, the Europa League, shared out over €200m in UEFA payments, between 56 clubs from 27 nations.
Sevilla’s triumph meant that they received €3.5m more than any club in the 2012-13 edition, but the gap between the Europa League and Champions League is still a cause for concern for many football managers.
Sevilla’s total was made up of a €1.3m participation bonus, more than €5m from the market pool and over €8m in performance monies, including €5m for winning the final.
Runners-up SL Benfica played in the UEFA Champions League group stage, for which they gained more than €15.3m, before adding over €5.2m for their UEFA Europa League run.
The lowest payment was nearly €1.5m to GNK Dinamo Zagreb, whilst Wigan Athletics’ first venture into European football saw them gain €3.8m.