Manchester United have already banked £50m from Champions League before kicking a ball
MANCHESTER United have already banked more than £50m from this season’s Champions League – before kicking a ball.
Jose Mourinho’s side are top of the English pre-season earnings list, despite being runners-up to Manchester City in the Prem last term.
Uefa’s controversial new rankings system, based on historical European results, sees the Old Trafford outfit placed fifth in the list behind holders Real Madrid.
That ranking earns United £27.6m in addition to the £13.6m every club in the group stages receives as a qualification payment.
United also earn £8.9m as their initial share of the £29.6m English TV “market pool”, split based on domestic finishing positions, adding up to £50.1m.
Prem champions City have banked £47m, with Liverpool £10m behind them and Spurs, 19th in the rankings list, collecting £33.3m so far.
The change, introduced by Uefa chiefs for the new cycle which begins this season, is designed to keep Europe’s biggest clubs onside.
Points are awarded for previous wins in European competitions, with extra weight to titles gained in the past 10 years.
Taking aside market pool shares, Real, looking to win an unprecedented fourth straight Champions League crown, top the list with £45.1m already in their coffers, followed by Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.
City are ranked 11th of the qualifiers, one place ahead of Liverpool, last term’s beaten finalists.
The total rankings pot of £520m starts with the lowest placed qualifier, AEK Athens, earning £978,000, with each spot earning an extra allocation of that base sum and Real taking 32 times the bottom payment.
But that is just the start of the cash cow with the total prize fund for the Champions League rising from £1.129billion to £1.734bn.
Each group stage win is worth £2.4m, and draws earning just over £800,000.
Qualification for the knock-out stage bags a further £10.2m, with prize money increasing for each stage reached and the new champions grossing £55.6m plus their group stage match winnings.
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In addition, the performance element of the “market pool” will see an extra £29.6m split between the four Prem clubs, depending on how far they go.
Liverpool made around £69.3m for their run to Kiev last term. Repeating that and getting to the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid for the Final in May would be worth £98.7m.
And with their huge pre-season launching pad already in place, United or City could expect a total windfall of £120m-plus if they were to go all the way and become England’s first Champions League winners since Chelsea in 2012.