The UEFA Champions League is the most lucrative cup competition in the world. It’s a financial game-changer for clubs across Europe to qualify for the competition from their domestic leagues.
The 2021 Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will also dish out the largest prize to the winner than at any stage of the competition.
2021 Champions League final prize money
The Champions League finalists will each get $18.3 million, but the winner will net an additional $4.88 million for automatically qualifying for the UEFA Super Cup, a one-off match against the UEFA Europa League winners, Villarreal CF.
The full outline of prize money for the current 2020-2021 edition of the Champions League follows in the table below. Making the group stage alone is enough for all 32 clubs to cash in an automatic $18.6 million. The more matches won in the group stage and the deeper a team advances, the bigger the financial rewards.
This season alone, Manchester City and Chelsea have already collected $75.2 million and $73 million, respectively, before taking into account the prize money coming to them in the final.
|Round of 16||$11.6 million|
|Group-stage wins||$3.3 million each|
|Group-stage draws||$1.1 million each|
|Group stage||$18.6 million|
Champions League prize pool increases
Beginning with the 2021-2022 edition, there will be a boost in the financial incentives for clubs, according to a report by The Associated Press.
Each Champions League club will receive $19.1 million just for making the group stage (up from the guaranteed $18.6 million for making the group stage in 2020-2021).
The 32 clubs that make up the group stage will share a total of $2.44 billion, up from $2.38 billion.
The return of fans in stadiums will be an added boost with each club retaining gate receipts (while also covering expenses for hosting each match outside the final).