Participating in the Champions League is not just any old thing for a big club. It is almost vital for their survival.
Not only does it bring sporting prestige. Behind the football, in the offices, there are large sums of money at stake that can shape the planning of a season. And, for the moment, Real Madrid are not doing badly – they have made 105.34 million euros in profits this season alone due to the Champions League.
That is the amount that the club have accumulated in prizes in the top continental competition after epic and almost miraculous eliminations of Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, Chelsea in the quarter-finals, and Manchester City in the semi-finals.
The latest sum, 15.5 million euros for reaching the final, came thanks to a Rodrygo Goes brace and a goal from Karim Benzema, which did more than deliver sporting joy to the club.
Liverpool lead the way in Champions League earnings
Only Liverpool, Real Madrid’s opponents in the final in Paris on May 28, are ahead of the club presided over by Florentino Perez.
With 115.80 million euros, the Reds are the team to have earned the most money in the Champions League. And now, both will fight for the ultimate prize: 4.5 million euros for winning the competition and an extra 3.5 million euros for taking part in the European Super Cup.
But Real Madrid and Liverpool are not the only ones to have made money from the Champions League.
Many other clubs, to a greater or lesser extent, have made good profits. And, for example, Spanish clubs Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla have accumulated an astronomical 325.78 million euros.
With these parameters, the Spanish club that has earned the most money in the Champions League has been Real Madrid with a total of 105.34 million euros, divided into 77.84 million euros from the competition and 27.5 million euros from the UEFA coefficient.
In second place is Villarreal, who will explode financially after reaching the semi-finals.
Atletico Madrid, eliminated by Manchester City in the quarter-finals, amassed a total of 63.27 million euros. Of that, 42.37 million was for their sporting performance and 20.9 for the points it earned this season in the UEFA coefficient.
Fernando Roig’s club will earn a minimum of 84 million euros pending television earnings. Of this, the prizes won on the pitch amount to 57.67 million euros, while the UEFA coefficient will leave the club’s coffers with another 26.4 million euros.