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Real pocket $98m from Champs League success

The Straits Times | Sunday, Jun 29, 2014

Real Madrid won their 10th European crown last month.

NYON, Switzerland - Real Madrid have another reason to celebrate their historic La Decima win in the Champions League after the Spanish giants earned £46 million (S$98 million) from the tournament.

Uefa on Wednesday revealed how it distributed its £726 million prize fund for the 32 clubs who had qualified for the group stage.

Real enjoyed the biggest slice following their emphatic 4-1 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid.

The runners-up earned £40.1 million - good for third spot on the Champions League money list.

French Ligue One side Paris Saint-Germain were second in earnings (£43.7 million) despite losing in the quarter-finals, in large part due to lucrative French TV rights.

But the big-spending outfit will see £16 million withheld by Uefa for breaching the European football governing body's Financial Fair Play rules.

Quarter-finalists Manchester United (£35.9 million) were fourth on the money list - above semi-finalists Bayern Munich (£35.8 million) and Chelsea (£34.8 million) - proving that they still command a greater share of TV money despite their problems last season.

Belgian side Anderlecht took home the least (£9.7 million) of all the teams.


This article was first published on June 27, 2014.
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