Real Madrid & FC Barcelona are not only playing next weekend for a place in the Champions League Final, they are each playing for a "juicy" 6.5M€, figure UEFA pays for being a finalist. Plus just to know,the winner of Champions League gets an additional 10.5M€.
The UEFA ChampionsLeague is big business for the fortunate participating clubs. This edition is bigger with 500,7M€ in fixed quantities, with another 409.6M€ in variables from TVs, to distribute. That gives a final figure of 910,3M€ for the 32 Clubs that participate, with a jump from last season of 156.2M€. The four remaining Clubs have so far received the following money figures:
Borussia Dortmund 25.9M€
Bayern Munich & FC Barcelona 25.4M€ each
Theses figures do not take into account the money generated from Stadium "full houses", sponsorship deals & merchandising generated from exposure & victories. The "real" deal is in Champions League, the real reason that all the big European Clubs have an acquired obsession in gaining access & once in, staying with certain regularity.
In the Spanish Football case, the currently third placed Atletico de Madrid has Champions League as its main objective; the Club knows that it is the only means to ease their chronic deficits, that Champions League is a cash flow generator & "Football goldmine". Like Atletico, all Clubs aspire for Champions League & like Frank Sinatra sang, "if I can make it there I’ll make it anywhere".