Champions League prize money announced

Clubs who will contest the group stages will take home a minimum of €8.6 million irrespective of results.

FILE: The Uefa Champions League trophy. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The 32 clubs who will contest the group stages of the Uefa Champions League starting this week will again take home a minimum of €8.6 million irrespective of results, Uefa said on Monday.

Like last season, every win during the group stage will earn the clubs a bonus of €1 million while a draw will be worth half that amount.

The club crowned champions of Europe in Berlin next June will receive €10.5 million for winning the final.

Last season, champions Real Madrid made a total of €57.4 million and the lowest figure for any club in the group stage was Viktoria Plzen's €11.1 million.

"The gross commercial revenue from the 2014/15 Uefa Champions League and the 2014 Uefa Super Cup for this campaign is estimated at around €1.34 billion," a statement from Uefa said.

It was announced last month that clubs could expect a 30 percent increase in those figures from next season because of lucrative new television deals, the continental governing body said.