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Champions League 2020/21 Prize Money: Breakdown & Distribution

With Manchester City and Chelsea set to face each other in the Champions League final on 30th May, we take a look at how the prize money is distributed between the participating clubs.

Last updated: 12.05.2021
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The UEFA Champions League (called as UCL) is a yearly club football competition coordinated by the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) and participated by top-tier European clubs, qualifying through top division national league. The Champions League winner is decided by a group stage and then knockout format. It is perhaps the most renowned football competition on the planet.

Spanish giants Real Madrid are the most successful club in Champions League history with 13 trophies to their name. AC Milan have seven titles to their name. They are followed by Bayern Munich and Liverpool, who have 5 titles each. Barcelona have 5 UCL titles to their name. They are followed by Ajax with four titles, Manchester United & Inter Milan with three titles, Juventus, Benfica, Nottingham & Porto with two titles and ten other teams with one each.

Manchester City and Chelsea are set to face each other in the Champions League. Earlier, UEFA announced that a total of €2040 million will be distributed among the 32 clubs of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League. Here we take a look at how the money will be distributed between the participating clubs.


UEFA Club competitions revenue distribution system

Total commercial revenue for UEFA for the 2020/21 season is €3250 million. Let’s take a look at how it will be distributed to different club competitions:


€3250 million

UEFA Champions League + Super Cup

€2040 million

UEFA Europa League

€510 million

Organizational costs

€295 million

Solidarity payments

€227.5 million

Remains with UEFA

€117.45 million


UEFA Champions League Prize money distribution

The Champions League gets €2032 million from UEFA and €8 million goes to the Super Cup. The Champions League clubs make a contribution of €50 million to the Europa League. This makes the total remaining amount €1980 million, which is 79% of the total commercial revenue for UEFA this season. This amount will be distributed to the 32 clubs who were featured in this season’s Champions League. €30 million will be paid out to the six eliminated clubs in the playoffs phase. This leaves the total amount to €1950 million.


€1950 million


Participating Fees

€488 million


Performance-based fixed amount

€585 million


Coefficient Rankings

€585 million


Market Pool

€292 million



Participating Fees:

The total amount of €488 million has been allocated for participation. Each club participating in the UEFA Champions League will get €15.25 million each.

Performance-based fixed amount:


Prize Money

Preliminary qualifying round

€0.23 million

First qualifying round

€0.28 million

Second qualifying round

€0.38 million

Third qualifying round

€0.48 million

Group match victory

€2.7 million

Group match draw

€0.9 million

Round of 16

€9.5 million


€10 million


€12 million


€15 million


€19 million


Coefficient Rankings:

The clubs with the best coefficient rankings over the past 10 years get a fixed amount for participating in the Champions League. €585 million, which is 30% of the total forecast revenue, is distributed among all 32 clubs according to their coefficient rankings. Real Madrid are the highest-ranked club in the coefficient ranking and will thus receive around €35.456 million. They are followed by Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and other 27 clubs.

Market Pool:

Half of the global market pool amount will be distributed among the national associations represented by their clubs. The amount i.e. €146 million will be divided among the national federations based on their club’s previous performances in the competition.

The remaining half of the global market pool i.e. €146 million will be split among the market and paid in proportion to the number of matches played by each club in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.

In addition to that, all the League champions from around Europe who couldn’t qualify for the tournament will get €0.26 million each.

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