Manchester United may have lost the Champions League final to Barcelona, but the English side earned the most from revenue after participating in the competition.
Over €754 million was distributed by UEFA to the 32 clubs that took part, and while €413 million was distributed according to performances of sides, the rest of the money was given to clubs according to television rights and the value of the individual markets.
United earned just over €53 million through TV rights and making the final, while Barcelona were a close second with just over €51 million.
Every club that made it into the group stages received €3.9 million, while €550,000 was given for every match played. €800,000 was paid out for a win, with €400,000 for a draw. Further payments were given to clubs who progressed closer towards the final.
The sky high amounts show just how important it is for clubs to qualify for the Champions League in terms of boosting their revenue; even a super rich club like Manchester City could cover a large portion of their transfer fees in the last transfer window if they were able to get the revenue United garnered.
Tottenham came close to qualifying for the second time in their history last season, and had the North London club have done so, they could have been looking at a revenue boost of €31 million like they received this year.
Arsenal in particular will be setting a goal of at least qualifying for the Champions League next season, with the club standing to lose €29 million if they miss out. The Gunners’ qualifying match a fortnight ago was important not just for Arsene Wenger’s future and the feeling of discontent amongst the fans, but also for the financial stability of the club.
Liverpool will no doubt be hoping to get in on the action to offset the club’s £100 million spending spree since Kenny Dalglish took over, and should the Reds make it into the European competition next season, the money they stand to gain would take a large chunk out of the transfer fees for Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson.
Top 10 earners from the 2010-2011 Champions League:
1) Manchester United: €53,197,000 (£46.7m)
2) Barcelona: €51,025,000 (£44.8m)
3) Chelsea: €44,523,000 (£39.1m)
4) Schalke: €39,750,000 (£34.9m)
5) Real Madrid: €39,288,000 (£34.5m)
6) Internazionale: €37,982,000 (£33.4m)
7) Bayern Munich: €32,562,000 (£28.5m)
8) Tottenham Hotspur: €31,133,000 (£27.3m)
9) AS Roma: €30,087,000 (£26.4m)
10) Arsenal: €29,983,000 (£26.3m)