Chelsea Earn $73m In Champs League


UEFA says Champions League winner, Chelsea, received $73.1 million in prize money as the biggest earner in last season’s competition.

Beaten finalist Bayern Munich earned $50.9 million from the $919 million prize fund shared among 32 teams which played in the group stage.

Barcelona, which reached the semifinals, earned $49.5 million. AC Milan was next with $48.7 million.

Manchester United was sixth with $43 million even while failing to reach the last-16 knockout round.

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English clubs are rewarded for valuable national broadcasting deals, which factor into UEFA’s calculations.

UEFA paid clubs a basic $8.8 million for taking part, plus results-based bonuses.

UEFA says Champions League revenue will rise 22 percent for the next three-season cycle.

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