Champions League revenue: Man United beat Barça earnings

Runners-up receive more revenue than winners Barcelona for their participation in 2010-11 competition

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Barcelona won last season's Champions League after beating Man United in the final Photo: fcbarcelona.cat

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Manchester United earned over €2.1m (£1.9m) more in broadcasting and marketing revenue from last season’s Champions League than eventual winners Barcelona.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were beaten by the Spanish champions 3-1 in the Wembley final in May, but the Premier League club still netted more cash from the competition than the Catalan giants.

The figures, released by Uefa ahead of the start of this season’s Champions League group stages, do not include match-day merchandise sales or revenue from tickets.

Every club that reached the group stages of last season’s competition received €3.9m (£3.4m), as well as a €550,000 (£482,960) payment for every group game played.

Uefa also dished out €800,000 (£702,450) for every win and €400,000 (£351,230) for each draw in the group stage. There were then further payments for the clubs that reached the latter stages of the competition.

After their run to the final, United topped the European charts with a total revenue of €53,197,000 (£46.7m), with eventual champions Barcelona claiming €51,025,000 (£44.8m).

Chelsea were the third-highest earners, raking in €44,523,000 (£39.1m) despite their quarter-final defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur claimed €31,133,000 (£27.3m) from their first season in the Champions League.

And Arsenal, despite being knocked out by Pep Guardiola’s side in the last-16 stage, still managed to earn €29,983,000 (£26.3m) from their participation in the competition.

The variation in revenue is partly down to the level of demand for television rights in a club’s particular country.

Over €754m (£662.5m) was distributed by Uefa to the 32 clubs involved from the group stages, with €413m (£362.8m) of that figure split up according to performances and the rest handed out based on the value the television market for the clubs involved.

2010-11 Uefa Champions League revenue distribution – Top 10

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)

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