Jude Bellingham: How Dortmund Could Make More Money if They Lose Champions League Final

Jude Bellingham: How Dortmund Could Make More Money if They Lose Champions League Final

Martin Moses
updated at May 11, 2024 at 8:12 AM
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  • Borussia Dortmund are faced with an interesting financial dilemma in the UCL final
  • The German side stand to gain more money if they lose to Real Madrid on June 1
  • Sports Brief explains how Jude Bellingham's transfer clause is the root cause

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Borussia Dortmund defied all the odds to reach the Champions League final by beating Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final.

The German side beat the French giants in both legs to set up a final against record champions Real Madrid on June 1 at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

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Borussia Dortmund players celebrate Mats Hummels' goal against PSG on May 7 at the Parc Des Princes. Photo by Ibrahim Ezzat/Anadolu.
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Not many people had primed Edin Terzic's side to reach the latter stages of the competition after they were drawn into the proverbial 'Group of Death' alongside PSG, Newcastle United and AC Milan.

However, they topped the group before seeing off PSV Eindhoven and Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16 and quarter-finals, respectively.

How Dortmund will make more money if they lose UCL final

Now, ahead of the final against Carlo Ancelotti's side, Dortmund are presented with a financial conundrum due to their former player Jude Bellingham.

Dortmund sold Bellingham to Real Madrid for £88 million, and the Englishman has since settled well in the Spanish capital.

German newspaper Ruhr News reports that the deal involved £27.5 million in add-ons, which brought the total fee to over £100 million.

One of the add-ons indicated that Madrid would pay Dortmund a further £4.3 million if they are to win the Champions League with Bellingham. On top of that, if the 20-year-old made it to the team of the season, Dortmund would receive a further £1.7 million.

UEFA Champions League prize money

90 MIN reports that the winner of the Champions League gets around £17.1m while the losing finalist gets £13.2m. If Dortmund were to lose, they would get the £13.2 million plus £4.3 million and another £1.7 million as Bellingham is most likely to feature in the team of the tournament.

Cumulatively, this amounts to £19.2 million, which is more than the winner gets. So, in essence, even if Dortmund were to lose the final, they would reap massive financial rewards.

Dortmund send Bellingham a message

Sports Brief has also reported that Dortmund sent Bellingham a message after Real Madrid's qualification to the Champions League final.

Los Blancos left it late to beat Bayern Munich, with Joselu coming from the bench to score two quick goals.

Bellingham will face his former side only one year after leaving Germany for Madrid.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)