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Juventus top Champions League money table

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

GENEVA (AP):

Beaten finalists Juventus topped the Champions League prize money table in receiving €110.4 million (US$130.4 million) from UEFA last season.

Leicester edged title-winning Real Madrid for second place in the list UEFA published yesterday because the English champions banked a bigger share of broadcasting rights money.

British and Italian TV deals were more valuable than the Spanish rights, and were shared between fewer clubs than Spain's five in the competition.

Leicester, who were eliminated in the quarterfinals, got almost €81.7 million euros ($96.5 million) from UEFA and Madrid earned just over €81 million euros ($95.7 million).

Of 32 group-stage teams, Basel's €16.3 million euros ($19.3 million) was the lowest share of almost €1.4 billion ($1.65 billion) in the UEFA prize fund.

Europa Leagues winner Manchester United topped the second-tier competition's money table with €44.5 million ($52.6 million), more than double any other club. The Europa League prize fund was €423 million ($500 million).

United's share barely beat the lowest-earning English club in the Champions League, Tottenham, who did not advance from the group stage. However, the London club also played briefly in the Europa League and so banked almost €46 million ($54 million) in total.

UEFA awarded a basic fee of €12.7 million euros ($15 million) to each of the 32 Champions League teams, plus bonuses for results and a share of TV rights money known as the market pool. That complex formula gave clubs a share of broadcast deals covering their home country and allowed domestic champions to earn more than second- to fourth-place teams.

UEFA and the European Club Association have agreed on a new cash distribution model for the 2018-21 seasons when revenues are expected to rise significantly.

The new formula will better reward teams that advance deeper into the competition, and is weighted to favour clubs that won European titles since UEFA launched club competitions in 1955. The UEFA-ECA deal also guarantees four Champions League group-stage places to the four most successful leagues Spain, England, Germany and Italy.