Barcelona Could Pocket €76M Prize Money From Champions League Group Stage

Barcelona Could Pocket €76M Prize Money From Champions League Group Stage

Chukwu Ikechukwu
September 20, 2023 at 7:41 AM
  • Barcelona will get a massive financial incentive from the Champions League
  • The Catalans could pocket up to €76 million in this season’s UCL group stage
  • Barca kick off their 2023/24 UCL campaign against Royal Antwerp on Tuesday

Barcelona’s participation in the UEFA Champions League this season is set to ease the burden of their dire financial situation - no matter where they ultimately finish.

The Catalan club will hope to kickstart their UCL campaign this season on a winning note when they host Royal Antwerp on Tuesday, September 19, in Spain.

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Xavi says Barcelona's ambition this season is to qualify for the Round of 16 after failing in the last two seasons. Photo by NurPhoto
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According to Barca Universal, Barcelona could pocket as much as €76.05 million should the Spanish giants win all their group games and qualify for the Round of 16 in the Champions League.

The reigning La Liga champions have already received €15.64mil for being in the group stage and €34.11mil for being third in the ten-year historical rankings, making it €49.65mil in total.

Furthermore, UEFA awards €2.8mil for each victory and €0.93mil for each draw, so if Barcelona wins all of their group games during the campaign, they will receive €16.8mil in total.

Xavi making three changes for UCL opener

Meanwhile, Barcelona will make three significant changes from the starting line-up that defeated Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday when they face Royal Antwerp in their UCL opener, Forbes reports.

Raphinha is poised to replace the excellent Ferran Torres in what will be the Brazilian winger's first start since being red-carded in La Blaugrana's season opener against Getafe.

Xavi will forsake the 4-3-3 formation with two wide men, putting Joao Felix on the bench and Robert Lewandowski on the other wing, while Gavi will play as a false nine with Ilkay Gundogan returning to midfield.

Xavi names Barcelona's surprise UCL ambition

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Barcelona kicking off their 2023/24 UCL season with a home clash at the Estadio Municipal Lluis Companys against Belgian champions, Royal Antwerp.

The Catalan club, who have won the competition on five different occasions, have struggled to replicate the performances they showed on course to clinching titles in recent years.

Barcelona have not made it out of the group stages of the elite European competition in either of the last two editions and manager Xavi is looking to change that tune going forward.

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