The eyes of the wider sporting world and football world will zone into the 2021/22 Champions League final at the Stade de France this week. Two European heavyweights in Liverpool and Real Madrid will be vying for the biggest prize in European club football – and the Champions League prize money that comes with it.
Liverpool will be hoping to win their 7th European Cup, which would see them tied in second place with AC Milan for most European cups. Real Madrid lead the pack with 13 Champions League trophies and will be hoping to make it 14.
Introduced in 1955 as the European Cup, the competition was renamed the Champions League in 1992 and has gone through various format changes through the years. It is organized by the Union of European Football Associations.
UEFA Champions League prize money – How much does UCL winner get?
This season, the Champions League prize money will be:
- €69.8m if Liverpool wins
- €67m if Real Madrid wins
Read the table below for a breakdown of these sums.
|1st qualifying round||€300,000|
|2nd qualifying round||€400,000|
|3rd qualifying round||€500,000|
|Win a group stage game||€2.8m|
|Draw a group stage game||€930,000|
|Round of 16||€9.9m|
|Champions League Runner-up||€15.5m|
|Champions League Winner||€20m|
Currently, there is a preliminary round, three qualifying rounds and a playoff, of which six teams survive to qualify for the group stages. 26 teams qualify for the group stages in advance because of their performances domestically.
The 32 sides are separated into eight groups of four. Each team plays each other twice in the group stages and only two teams make it out of each group. The knockouts are two-legged ties with the final decided in a one-off tie at a venue that has been decided prior to the tournament.
How much money does a Champions League club make per season?
There’s some money to win with every little advancement in the competition. Qualifying for the group stages alone guarantees €15.64m. Every win and draw going forward is accumulated over the course of the season. If a club starts its journey in the group stages and goes on to win the competition, they could stand to win €69.8m.
Clubs also generate extra revenue from television deals based on how far their progress in the tournament. The Champions League final is one of the premier sporting events in the world and it pays like one.
Liverpool Champions League Prize Money
Before the Champions League final on May 28, Liverpool have lost only one game (against Inter) and drawn one game (against Benfica) – both of these came in the knockout stages, so they do not have any consequences on the prize money. Since Liverpool won all six of their Champions League group stage games, their prize money for that stage was €16.8m. Having progressed through the various stages after that, Liverpool’s minimum Champions League 2022 prize money will be €65.3m.
If Liverpool win the tournament, their Champions League prize money will be €69.8m, plus €3.5m as qualification for the UEFA Super Cup. Basically, if Liverpool win the tournament, their total Champions League prize money will be €73.3m before TV revenue.
Real Madrid Champions League Prize Money
Before the Champions League final on May 28, Real Madrid have lost four games – but only of these came in the group stages, so that is the only match on which they’ve lost money this season. Since Real Madrid won five of their Champions League group stage games, their prize money for that stage was €14m. Having progressed through the various stages after that, Real Madrid’s minimum Champions League 2022 prize money will be €62.5m.
If Real Madrid win the tournament, their Champions League prize money will be €67m, plus €3.5m as qualification for the UEFA Super Cup. So if they end up winning the tournament, their total Champions League prize money will be €70.5m before TV revenue.