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Champions League last-16: Income comparison rankings (1)

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Barcelona put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals following a comfortable 2-0 victory over Manchester City last night, and with it ensured the gap between the two clubs' respective revenue streams remains heavily weighted in the Spanish outfit's favour.

According to a recent study by Deloitte, the mouth-watering last-16 tie brought together two of the wealthiest clubs in the world based on the 'Football Money League', with the pair boasting a combined revenue last season of £655million.

Participation and progression in Europe's elite club competition delivers significant financial benefits, meaning that Barca's expected advancement at the expense of Manuel Pellegrini's side will translate into further commercial uplifts at Camp Nou, and a loss of potential earnings at the Etihad Stadium.

Reaching the knockout phase of the tournament is a notable bonus to any club's bank balance, with each team in the round of 16 already guaranteeing themselves at least £20million from UEFA, while regular participation also works well financially.

The combined 2012/13 revenues for all of this year's last-16 sides totalled around €4.4billion, and nearly all of them recorded revenues of over €100million, demonstrating that success both on and off the pitch often goes hand-in-hand.

Following the return of the Champions League this week, GiveMeSport took the opportunity to compare each of this year's last-16 participants' revenue last season.

Click through the tabs - above or below - for a full rundown of clubs from 16 to 1, and leave a prediction in the comment box provided with who you think will be crowned champions of the European cup in 2014!

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