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City are biggest European earners


Manchester City were the biggest earners from Champions League prize money in Europe last season even though they did not make it to the final.   Uefa figures showed that City earned €83.9m, €3.8m more than the winners Real Madrid and €14m more than defeated finalists Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea and Arsenal who reached the round of 16 earned €69m and €53m respectively.    Chelsea benefitted from the fact that half of the market pool money is based on the previous season's domestic league position. Manchester United, who exited at the group stage, earned €38m.

The figures show the financial advantage enjoyed by English clubs due to the size of their Uefa TV deal.   The prize money formula will change from 2018 with the TV  'market pool' being shared out more equally. Previous winners will benefit both financially and in terms of seeding dependent on the number of titles won in the past.

Lverpool received £34.2m for their run to the Europa League final, £1.6m more than Seville received for being in the Champions League group stage and then winning the Europa League.   Tottenham Hotspur received the second largest amount (€20.8m).