NYON: The 32 clubs who contested last season’s UEFA Champions League group stage and the 10 knocked out in the play-offs shared more than €1.345bn in payments from the European federation.
In a statement on UEFA.com the governing body pointed out that this was more than €315m above the previous season.
The highest earners were Manchester City (€83.8m), Real Madrid (€80m), Juventus (€76.2m) and Paris Saint-Germain (€70.8m).
The 20 clubs that took part in the play-offs – with the 10 winning clubs qualifying for the Champions League group stage, and the other 10 joining the UEFA Europa League group stage – shared €50m.
Total participation payments reached more than €1.345bn, with an additional €4.17m allocated to the European Club Association. This brought the total distribution from last season’s competition up to €1.349bn.
Each club was entitled to a minimum payment for participating in the competition. In addition, every group stage win or draw brought performance bonuses.
Clubs also received bonuses for each knockout round they reached. Monies from the market pool were divided according to the proportional value of the national TV market allocated to each individual club, among other factors.
The figures in the table do not include solidarity payments to any of the clubs participating in the qualifying rounds, totalling €77m, nor do they include any additional solidarity payments made to leagues for club youth development projects, totalling €120m.
Europa League share-out
As for the Europa League accounts, more than €411.1m has been shared among the 56 clubs who took part in the group stage and/or knockout phase in 2015-16. This was vastly increased on the €240 shared out in 2014-15.
The 48 clubs who participated in the Europa League group stage and the eight clubs that joined after finishing in third place in their respective Champions League groups benefited from a global amount higher than in the previous season.
The clubs receiving the highest amounts were Liverpool FC (€37.8m), Tottenham Hotspur FC (€20.8m), Villareal CF (€16.4m) and S.S. Lazio (€15.3m).
Again, the figures in the table do not include solidarity payments to any of the clubs – including those involved in the group stage – participating in the qualifying rounds, totalling €77m, nor do they include any additional solidarity payments made to leagues for clubs’ youth development projects, totalling €120m.