Manchester United have already banked £50m from Champions League before kicking a ball

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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.

Manchester United top the earning list despite finishing runners-up last season
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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.

Holders Real Madrid top the financial list as they gun for their fourth straight title
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Man City are the second highest British side despite being Prem champions
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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.

Liverpool were last season’s Champions League runners-up
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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.