Barca, United get financial boost from Champions League

Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:39am GMT
 

By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - Barcelona and Manchester United earned over 50 million euros each after reaching the Champions League final last season, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Tuesday.

Last season's 32 Champions League teams received a total of 754.1 million euros from a combination of performance-related payments and the television pool.

United were the biggest earners, with 53.20 million euros comprising more than 27 million for their performances and another 25.9 million from the television pool, UEFA said.

Despite winning the final 3-1, Barcelona's earnings were slightly less at 51 million euros, as their performance-related payments were 30.7 million but they collected only 20.3 million from television.

UEFA said other top earners were Chelsea (44.52 million), Schalke 04 (39.75 million), Real Madrid (39.28 million), Inter Milan (37.98 million), Bayern Munich (32.56 million) and Tottenham Hotspur (31.13 million).

UEFA added that money from the centralised television pool was distributed according to the value of the teams in their own national market.

All clubs were entitled to a minimum 7.2 million euros from the group stage. Further performance bonuses and participation fees were awarded in each of the knockout stages.

Barcelona's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final soccer match against Manchester United at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, May 27, 2009.  REUTERS/Albert Gea
 
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