Cham­pi­ons of REV­ENUE


How is UEFA go­ing to dis­trib­ute rev­enue for the up­com­ing Cham­pi­ons League, Europe’s pre­mier soc­cer tour­na­ment?

The or­ga­ni­za­tion has stated that the es­ti­mated gross com­mer­cial rev­enue from the 2017/18 UEFA Cham­pi­ons League, 2017/18 UEFA Europa League and 2017 UEFA Su­per Cup—the three lead­ing UEFA com­pe­ti­tions—was ap­prox­i­mately €2.35bn.

Of that es­ti­mated gross com­mer­cial rev­enue, a to­tal of more than €1.3bn will be shared among the clubs in the 2018/19 edi­tion of the Cham­pi­ons League.

With reign­ing cham­pi­ons Real Madrid, as well as FC Barcelona, Ju­ven­tus, Manch­ester City, Liver­pool, and PSG among the fa­vorites to lift the tro­phy next May, the fi­nan­cial re­wards could be as huge as the pres­tige of be­ing called Europe’s best. Real Madrid is look­ing to win the tour­na­ment for a record fourth time in a row.

Each par­tic­i­pat­ing team in the 2018/19 group stage re­ceives a min­i­mum fixed rev­enue of €12.7m. How­ever, an ex­tra €1.5m of prize money is guar­an­teed per win and €500,000 per each game tied.

Ad­vanc­ing to the round of 16 means an ad­di­tional €6m in prize money; quar­ter-fi­nal­ists are as­sured an­other €6.5m apiece, while the semi-fi­nal­ists next April will pocket €7.5m each.

The win­ners of next May’s fi­nal can ex­pect to re­ceive €15.5m while the run­ners-up will be €11m richer.

This means that the Cham­pi­ons League win­ner could col­lect a hefty €57.2m in to­tal, not in­clud­ing play-off al­lo­ca­tions or mar­ket pool share (€82,5m in­clud­ing, ac­cord­ing to UEFA data).

Talk about a tour­na­ment for cham­pi­ons… and mil­lion­aires.

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