According to Josep Pedrerol, Real Madrid have earned €13 million by qualifying for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Liverpool
Los Blancos coasted through their round of 16 tie against Liverpool with ease, recording a 6-2 scoreline on aggregate. The second leg played last night at the Santiago Bernabeu last night saw the Merengues come out on top by a solitary goal courtesy of Karim Benzema.
The reward for qualifying to the last eight adds to the club’s already massive €55 million in prize money so far this season. Needless to say, a massive chunk of that figure has been through the UEFA Champions League.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were given €15.6 million for their mere participation in the European competition. Accounting for a further €2.8 million and €930,000 for wins and draws in the group stage respectively, the figure rose to €27.9 million.
Qualification to the Round of 16 earned the defending champions €9.6 million. That, coupled with the €13 million reward for the win over Liverpool takes the UCL prize money to over €50 million.
In addition to their paychecks in Europe, Real Madrid have already received €4.5 million, €6 million and €7 million for their achievements in the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and Spanish Super Cup respectively.
All in all, the men in white have earned a whopping €68 million only through prize and participation money.
Given that the team is still alive in the Copa del Rey, La Liga, and the Champions League, the figure could well go on to reach the €100 million mark by the end of the season. After all, the incentives and rewards increase steeply in Europe from the quarterfinal stage.
Reaching the semifinal of the competition will yield the club a reported €12.5 million, and the figure reaches €15.5 million for the finalists. The eventual winner is given an extra €4.5 million.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.