Chelsea tops Champions League prize money list
UEFA says Champions League winner Chelsea received 59.9 million pounds (R770,1 million) in prize money and was the biggest earner in last season’s competition.
Beaten finalist Bayern Munich earned 41.7 million pounds from the 754 million pounds prize fund shared among 32 teams which played in the group stage.
Barcelona, which reached the semifinals, earned 40.6 million pounds. AC Milan was next with 39.9 million pounds.
Manchester United was sixth with 35.2 million pounds even while failing to reach the last-16 knockout round.
English clubs are rewarded for valuable national broadcasting deals, which factor into UEFA’s calculations.
UEFA paid clubs a basic 7.2 million pounds for taking part, plus results-based bonuses.
UEFA says Champions League revenue will rise 22% for the next three-season cycle.