Real Madrid have emerged as the undisputed financial king of the Champions League group stage, amassing a staggering €79.9 million in prize money, far exceeding the reach of their rivals. This impressive haul cements their dominance not only on the pitch, but also in the lucrative world of European football.
UEFA's initial €15.6 million handout for reaching the group stage was just the beginning for the Spanish giants. Their flawless performance, boasting six victories, netted them an additional €16.8 million, while their impressive historical coefficient ranking brought in a hefty €36.38 million. This combination of factors propelled Madrid to the top of the financial leaderboard, leaving other contenders gasping for air.
While Bayern Munich (€76.6 million) and Manchester City (€76.5 million) put up a valiant effort, they ultimately fell short of Madrid's financial might. Even traditional powerhouses like Barcelona (€71.5 million) and Atlético Madrid (€71.1 million) couldn't match the Whites' impressive earnings.
This disparity highlights the growing financial divide within the Champions League, with established clubs like Madrid leveraging their historical success and consistent performance to generate significantly more revenue than their counterparts. It raises questions about the future of the competition and the potential for smaller clubs to compete on a more equal footing.
However, for Real Madrid fans, this news is undoubtedly cause for celebration. Their team's financial prowess is a testament to their continued success on the pitch, and the extra millions will undoubtedly be reinvested in further strengthening the squad. As the Champions League journey continues, one thing is certain: Real Madrid are not just the team to beat on the field, but also in the financial arena.
So here are the top five teams by money made from the Champions League so far.
1. Real Madrid, €79.9m
2. Bayern München, €76.6m
3. Manchester City, €76.5m
4. Barcelona, €71.5m
5. Atlético Madrid, €71.1m.