Champions League and Europa League prize money increased, UEFA confirm
Real Madrid could win even more money if they win the Champions League again next season
UEFA has revealed there will be a 50 per cent increase in the prize fund for their club competitions next season.
Thanks to booming broadcast and commercial revenues, total income from the Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup is estimated to hit £2.85billion for the 2018/19 campaign, which is up nearly £800m on this season's figure.
It means a prize pot of £2.23billion will be available, with UEFA's costs and solidarity payments accounting for the rest.
The Champions League will be where the big money is, with qualification for the group stage worth a guaranteed £13.35m, plus £2.36m for a win and nearly £800,000 for a draw.
Accoring to UEFA, clubs that qualify for the knockout stage can expect to receive the following amounts:
qualification for the round of 16: €9.5m per club
qualification for the quarter-finals: €10.5m per club
qualification for the semi-finals: €12m per club
qualification for the final: €15m per club
The Champions League winners can expect to pick up an additional €4m.
And then there are further payments that depend on each club's record in UEFA competitions over the last 10 years – the performance-based coefficient rankings currently led by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Atletico and Manchester United will see the lowest group-stage team receive a £970,000 share and the same amount added on to each position.
There is also a 'market pool' distributed in accordance with the value of each national television market.
Taken altogether, a Champions League victory would be worth more than £100million to a British club next season.
The money available to Europa League contestants is not quite as impressive – and the total prize fund has only grown by 25 per cent to £446.5million – but a British win could be worth more than £25million.
In fact, UEFA is making so much money from its club competitions that a domestic champion, such as Gibraltar's Lincoln Red Imps, that loses in the preliminary round of Champions League qualifying this summer will still get £430,000 for their trouble.
Real Madrid won the 2018 Champions League and they will play rivals Atletico – the Europa League winners – in the Super Cup. Both clubs will receive £3.06m for competing in the match, while the winner will collect an additional £870,000.