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Real Madrid earned €133.7 million after winning the UEFA Champions League last season



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Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League triumph was a big source of income for the team. As confirmed in UEFA’s Financial report of the 2021/22 campaign, the Merengues earned a whopping €133.7 million for their victorious participation in the competition.

Last season’s finalists Liverpool pocketed €120 million while Bayern Munich, despite being eliminated from the quarter-final by Villarreal, earned €109.6 million, which is the third-highest income from the campaign.

Interestingly enough, the €133.7 million Madrid earned from their victorious campaign represents a growth of 11.6% to that of the income the champions of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League season earned.

When Chelsea lifted the European crown against Manchester City on May 29, 2021, they earned €119.8 million. 

During Madrid’s title-winning campaign, UEFA distributed a total of €2,032 million in prize money among the participating teams. This is, in fact, 6.3% more than the previous season when UEFA deducted €70 million from payments to compensate for the losses derived from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As far as Madrid’s prize money is concerned, here is a brief breakdown of the aforementioned €133.7 million.

  • €15.64 million is a fixed amount that every team participating in the group stage receives.
  • €36.3 million were earned by Madrid due to their UEFA coefficient ranking.
  • €15.1 million were rewarded for the results in the group stage.
  • €52.7 million were earned for their performances until being crowned the champions.
  • €14.4 were rewarded to Madrid for the Market Pool.

Market Pool is basically an item that UEFA assigns to the teams of each country based on its audiovisual income. This income is then distributed among the teams based on their position in the national league in the previous season and the number of matches played in the Champions League during the current season.

Meanwhile, as far as the income of other Spanish teams is concerned, here is how much they earned:

  • Atletico Madrid, who were knocked out in the quarter-final, earned, €89.6 million.
  • Villarreal, who reached the semi-final, earned €78.1 million.
  • Barcelona, who did not make it past the group stage, earned, €64.7 million.
  • Sevilla, who were also knocked out from the group stage, earned €52 million.

Real Madrid will be hoping to lift their 15th European crown this season, but will need to get past Chelsea in the quarter-finals before facing either Manchester City or Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

Should they clear that hurdle one of AC Milan, Napoli, Inter Milan of SL Benfica will await in the finals, with club legend Iker Casillas recently predicting a final match-up between Real Madrid and Napoli.

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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”



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Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.

Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.

The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.

However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.

“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.

Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.

Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.

So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.

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