Booming broadcast and commercial revenues will increase the prize fund for European club competitions next season by a whopping 50% compared to this season, UEFA has announced.
Total income from the Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup is estimated to hit £2.85billion in 2018/19, up nearly £800million on this season’s figure.
This translates to a prize pot of £2.23billion, with UEFA’s costs and solidarity payments accounting for the rest.
The lion’s share, as ever, will go to clubs in the Champions League, with qualification for the group stage worth a guaranteed £13.35million, plus £2.36million for a win and nearly £800,000 for a draw.
There are further bonuses for progressing through each round of the knock-out stages, with the winner at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano home collecting a further £44.65million in prize money.
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 – and each club’s share of its national broadcast ‘market pool’.
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.